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More than 200,000 members of the LGBT community and their supporters marched, paraded, and danced across downtown Taipei on SaturjZVufLuTiS([email protected]@QTRP%xf&Ik!WwG$Ur4bbf2aday.

Organizers said the parade, which was the first since Taiwan l458FXno)[email protected]_L#uaegalized same-sex marriage, was the largest-ever in Asia.

Local entrepreneur and LGBT activist Ja$ORQ5SQ*[email protected]_1squ&=5B75o*pJzRn*HMeMOy Lin said the experience was “very memorable”.

He said walking down Zhongxiao East Road was ama[email protected]$q#luK1hJ_bT82XC!ppnFbsowWIy0uo2s^+zing and compared it to his experience of walking down Fifth Avenue for WorldPride in New York earlier 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 citi[email protected]&UZi(Wtpv*[email protected]#es can make to give the LGBTQ community the stamp of legitimacy."

Taiwan's 17th annual Taiwan (6!L6)%+$ZtoFF%[email protected]@#X1u#A33xEYNZf8yLhPride kicked off with a Rainbow Market of more than 100 LGBT-friendly businesses and organizations at Taipei City Hall Plaza.

It ended 5.6km acPKZWTGqtJqskx-fK2SNJ_(t8QT6QrJ((3LHXn&wRbDXBLG!Djqross the city outside the Presidential Office on Ketagalan Boulevard where performers—including gay singer Hush—performed. 

Some 1eFqPSClXwfULdo7kJVCYBWkf81J3m11KE#Cy6pr*5lHL_d&iBv80 different groups and 24 floats took part in the march, according to organizers.

The parade was the landmark event in a month of LGBTA+eVK52ceIZPM*@#WVkEf*[email protected]^CG_hnj8Ueu1SA94P*7y44D* across Taipei. Hundreds attended screenings, exhibitions, and workshops throughout the month, including 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 plays the stewar=!PjNp%J2cJEhh*nuoV)QmldPdg^l0%UstSSKT0M0wYw&Ovc8Bdess, renowned director Zero Chou, and Kenny J. Kuo, who plays a gay best friend, all donned rainbow attire and greeted other marchers.

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Gay singer-songwriter HUSH, performed at a concert to mark the end of the long parad-7EVg04Cu7([email protected]#9ug3&+pjPQaxJ$lA2b2x9e across town.

As one of only a handfu6Kh9NvzLo!hT#YiUAuiHbqDbC2)8o+M228wRM!As-27LZ#D)Mnl of Taiwan celebrities to come out publicly, HUSH, whose real name is Chen Jia-Wei, on Friday urged LGBT Taiwanese to be brave and come out.

Pride this year, the first since Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, saw an altered paeuh3=dxxtlBfH)^1F^6=LElIawpIIMjGbc8#[email protected]$PyKrade route.

Marchers started from Taipei City Hall Plaza and travelled along Yixian RonEV^Rx%SMFKdRBVZVJaMSriA(lkUkZG8HGDUOJ8h-(tIXl&3bEad to Zhongxia East Road.

The paralpTk0ZklG63D$Bcku3ooO(FnfY-7zi^PcCJEF+IKQ$K)p*wwrSde then turned south to Renai Road before ending near the Presidential Palace at Ketagalan Boulevard where there will be a Rainbow Market with more than 100 stalls.

Press gAuL74J+-DIfmaO3=6YWHqguDf#+YY&mr6kKPL=2zGndg-GEQxofficer for Pride 2019, Benson Lee, said 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 firs*8Qk5$oQHsSt2Fo*TE$UtTECOeezD30&3AJJAUWir-Q5tigtJpt Rainbow Parent-child Carnival and Rainbow Baby Mini Parade.

ThisDd9OT=D3am0I9LX#0a8(^KXDoN6%(rdc6Oa6duUK&ph&BLhrgW year takes the theme "Together, Make Taiwan Better”.

The theme in C0QcNSeF%h^[email protected]$$HP0JSFxpS(ZAH*xs&([email protected]%S8yKSkuYm_hinese means good neighbor. It was chosen to show that the LGBTQ community is everywhere in Taiwan and, like good neighbors, everyone should support one another.

Last year, more than 100,000 peop4QG_8AV-8G6KxJs0dt#NXnTKfzSk&tRbdOjh7q1WogvT731g4ole took to the streets of Taipei for a pride parade that demanded marriage equality.

It came just a month before devastating referendum results TXgXIMy8s3uqoy)BiJn)m*$L5tN#P*+)z=MhZS)4-Wt%6Is(PUshowed the majority of Taiwan voters 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 dofsdfE0yhoefyykauXo^K^5w$I$BXXnoGow3BPVZs=N)AFW^ZBR so was unconstitutional.

This year, according to organizers, the LGBT rights movement has moved to the next stage and will fight against prejudic01Zb^36xoscvunMi33^Dla89qPj%0iBgMLe1bFHAsL_Zw*94npe and stereotyping of LGBT people.

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