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More than 200,000 members of the LGBT community and their supporters marched, paraded, and danced acroL*KO6goT*gG5$S8QD0-WAs_Vu+D-sVo!$MY=k2f0MmJ4cmUlu#ss downtown Taipei on Saturday.

Organizers said the parade, which was the first since Taiwan legalized same-sex marriage, was the largest-ever in AsldivX*Zcxby5cmW+jcwE-ZLLZjcXhl5ssZ$QB$O&3i34=n&&+ria.

Local entrepreneur and LGBT 7!G$e_aSWF^[email protected][email protected]%J9activist Jay Lin said the experience was “very memorable”.

He said walking down Zhongxiao East Road was amazing and compared it to his experience of walking down Fifth Avenue for WorldPrid41BSpogl^xtz4D%[email protected]!$qw*k6()uzpYiF55X%[email protected]$AnFse 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 cities can make to give the LGBTQ community the stamp of legiYMQggbp1t%Pr+NtHSks_)-b!HPpnqWXb01cs!!Q^-JTmPIusJ2timacy."

Taiwan's 17th annual Taiwan Pride kicked off with a Rainbow Market of more than 100 LGBT-friendly businesses and organizations at TQF$I4Z!3+n&YE*@*+uQ_JbU8(Xv5-YpiDb)A#q)VmU4abg!p&raipei City Hall Plaza.

It ended 5.6km across the city outside the Presidential Office on Ketagalan Boulevard where performers—including -n%[email protected]@1^B)Bnu-1Se*^[email protected]=a%08*wxBI7R#GjnMgay singer Hush—performed. 

Some 180 different gro+4+FS+$J5Roxer-jjf(7T86Uq_ix4*7vOQyt6+CiP^UGdX&5r6ups and 24 floats took part in the march, according to organizers.

The parade was the landmark event in a month of LGBT across Taipei. Hundreds attended screenings, exhibitions, and workshops throuwJwMFNa0JE&koa9BpO5_14I^b$oRqMLaw+%tkJF54mtd3L1UONghout 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 stewardess, renowned director Zero Chou, and Kenny J. Kuo, who plays a gay best frieswROsK2FgFG%VWBK7=weoa4)v+27qoHDpCYtkI^R$xPp7cMgoind, all donned rainbow attire and greeted other marchers.

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Gay singer-songwriter HUSH, performed at a concert toE_QVHImkf45mIaeSX%_n2#%isslyZfqJ(zhnqb^hsx3yyhM!d! mark the end of the long parade across town.

As one of only a handful of TaCejM_E-KgGwujhlXy9KT-W%n1xp+lkd5Z-DCN6lgyE6Vhqpbw5iwan 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$U*hp-6vxq-awcAkYO&6(mUKtMdt6-^#@[email protected])[email protected]@ 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 Zh9!bmSOC0syp)bnsSnJW&^#nF&LCJ$Ggx-j7ji%iN!C07M0oEzOongxia East Road.

The parade then turned south to Renai Road before eQ+SN^G%K*j5LLLirri(BYkz8#hYeuzQ!(y9zP#$SiD!5y)pH-jnding near the Presidential Palace at Ketagalan Boulevard where there will be a Rainbow Market with more than 100 stalls.

Press officer for Pride 2019, Benson Lee, said the new route was chosen to recognize the roles played by bo_fn1Zw+WOfQB7onUia2W8eRDHrYZb)[email protected]th Taipei City and the President’s Office in bringing about same-sex marriage.

For-_%[email protected]&N2m6t%eekO=*c524xKIfE4-GKStg=Y8xVv the first time, Taiwan Gay Family Rights Promotion Association will also hold the first Rainbow Parent-child Carnival and Rainbow Baby Mini Parade.

This year takes the theme "Together, Make Taiwan[email protected]&8ptvY)mS=J^zNXEFKB9b5Z^*3bye_wu Better”.

The theme in Chinese means good neighbor. It was chosen to show that the LGBTQ community is everywhere in Taiwan and, like good neighbors, [email protected])[email protected])=&QcZONU29(Q4qs5iN*[email protected]everyone should support one another.

Last year, more than 100,000 people took to the streets of Taipei for a pride parade that[email protected]#wmWHZn6G)v^a#iZr2tTOuI0YlvG58d)M&MZR+s demanded marriage equality.

It came just a month before devastating referendum resb_9$([email protected]^I1$A-a^xJo=BV%v3BbJei6sFuC+!EosTAP2DKHXB=kults showed 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 witF6i1($rNJ0([email protected]_zsNVFXn01NvqRcDCh a 2017 Constitutional Court ruling that failing to do so was unconstitutional.

This year, according to organizers, the LGBT rights movement has moved to the next stage and will fight against prejudice and shxc(&2UAtL3cCtjl^(5WshZSH1!_pFDPO%tuDsemLEwmT*%h+ytereotyping of LGBT people.


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