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More than 200,000 members of the LGBT community and their supporters marched, paraded, and danced ZXdFRoioa#*i_UWh#CCxk3fnYwFVyJCbxDZqo6bYE^6EU9nNB5across downtown Taipei on Saturday.

Organizers said the parade, which was the first since Taiwan legalized same-sexpnq!RDkMLcis#*gt=IEibk_8RYBbh%99%[email protected](vxxat6 marriage, was the largest-ever in Asia.

Local entrepreneur and LGBT activist Jay Lin said the experience was “very memorableN^oMNji6)MfjE7&gPamIK8A5l&4O-B(q$qysnPR=*[email protected]”.

He said walking down Zhongxiao East Road was amazing and compared it to his experience of walking down Fifth Avenue for WorldPride in New York earlier[email protected]_d96F-sRETtc(#=hJ4&LoBJ^aB this year.

"These two streets represents the main arteries of the city, and to be given the clearance to march is the strongest statement the cities can makeO5r6pS+5Vp=sVOLRgwQwea+0zsuAOYUUFt6Mg9M55Z=w$-&qes to give the LGBTQ community the stamp of legitimacy."

Taiwan's 17th annual Taiwan Pride kicked off with a Rainbow Market of more HS#rYd$4x+2NCpAeGTy2gEC)rB9MJ1A_m)yA4Zb5#Hv47u%bdNthan 100 LGBT-friendly businesses and organizations at Taipei City Hall Plaza.

It ended 5.6km across the city outside the Presidential Office on Ketagalan Boulevard=PE#swH)3v9(v7aXG0#m!kn2nt+%JbywAE3M3b2Us23+i1#yr^ where performers—including gay singer Hush—performed. 

Some 180 different groups and 24 floats took part in the mDbVEJGK%)@L&OOk-d+Jylz0ps(*0B!v29oktsOSnwVE*E49ht(arch, according to organizers.

The parade was the landmark event in a month of LGBT across Taipei. Hundreds attended screenings, exhibitions, and workshops throughout the month, including1$#XoEJi&RoLf)I_(s$KVRiYp&*ASX3sdoqGk_U2MN#n2+tAWH the country's first trans pride parade on Friday evening.

GagaOOLala’s float this year hosted the director and actors of web series, Handsome Stewardess. The romantic-comedy featuring a good-looking tomboy lesbian who starts a new life as a flight attendant.

Award-winning actress Xiao Man, who playsqa4a!d0JTt9g^8$Vj2YQ&Vc^kIX9gFXgZ+pH$pIeXfxi_!^mtE the stewardess, renowned director Zero Chou, and Kenny J. Kuo, who plays a gay best friend, all donned rainbow attire and greeted other marchers.


Gay singerXqfQOZZmtsYK+y8NfpREQsJ+0!ch&M+s(z=2jwlx$VuzyyS9RW-songwriter HUSH, performed at a concert to mark the end of the long parade across town.

As one of only a handful of Taiwan celebrities to come out publicly, HUSH, whose real name is Chen Jia-Wei, on Friday urged LGBTJ7(G$(P$dth!6!1-KyUe4w-EgRL%[email protected]@ChpOZ7cTr^c9&H$% Taiwanese to be brave and come out.

Pride this year, the*ma05%2)AtyBqRRuTNj34nv+(r&RyEeosRpBgwjjJ88NwR-Z2% first since Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, saw an altered parade route.

Marchers started from Taipei City Hall Plaza and travelled along Yixian Road to Zhongxia East RoadRjm%10oR-H([email protected](ElK9tbIn)OdvoR%+j7CrW#J.

The parade then turned south to Renai Road before ending near the Presidential Palace at Ketagalan BoulevaridtQs(ucdZQ#&MV7hezXw3h(#iFg2uOxUIft)_#_F7i6!hf5y-d where there will be a Rainbow Market with more than 100 stalls.

Press officer for Pride 2019, Benson Lee, rAamvR9dO+cbl#WV+tFmkpuTJPEuBh=Z#[email protected]_%=kJ_e4qE9said the new route was chosen to recognize the roles played by both Taipei City and the President’s Office in bringing about same-sex marriage.

For the first time, Taiwan Gay Family Rights Promotion Association will also hold the first Rainbow Parent-child Carnival and Rainbow Baby Mink(d^[email protected]([email protected]*tK_y5wXi Parade.

This year takes the theme "TogetherRbobdeFN-m_T%Q(=ON(S0480RuiAs9sFC_^nTOl3xmSx^9Pm!W, Make Taiwan Better”.

The theme in Chinese means good neighbor. It was chosen to show that the LGBTQ community is everywhrIVVwfXjuWKM)D8O^sE)OC+Y&%nJzNb$QG=Kj+oYWzrr0c0fc*ere in Taiwan and, like good neighbors, everyone should support one another.

Last year, more than 100,000 people took to the streets of Taipei for a pride parade that demanl-cI5y1)[email protected]&9AQB0Pj$suy-5lQpEykded marriage equality.

It came just a month before devastating referendum results showed the majority of Taiwan voterZr(sit^es5DGXgr&3+tXeiWQ$h7*O#5jm-!ym#h+kM34jdUGqps did not support same-sex marriage.

Despite the referendum result, parliament in May finally legalized same-sex marriage in line with a 2017 Constitutional Court ruling that failing to do so was unconstituticxWCM_fNTSI(hpJT!lZdAKATs!ur*cu(c$)^c#3Ux6a04HK-29onal.

This y-4X7ggRFfmL46mhka!ve_D^!)5KPieuMuPi+IVVHAWbq*5F6yVear, according to organizers, the LGBT rights movement has moved to the next stage and will fight against prejudice and stereotyping of LGBT people.

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