More than 200,000 members of the LGBT c8GO6+OM%zNv-zZRp=7RakX2Z873s7EdCpSkhKS1U6S#=OWtLatommunity and their supporters marched, paraded, and danced across downtown Taipei on Saturday.
Organizers said the parade, which was the first since Ta[email protected]!tESCM)io8ga)tnb#_JRAbxI34$bAKpH57tN9L%xw$*Giwan legalized same-sex marriage, was the largest-ever in Asia.
He said walking down Zhongxiao East Road was amazing and compared it to his experience of watq([email protected]^v+ct86$(#_OIgX8FNlking 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 cities can make tmADp67Cwos0kw)[email protected]##v7A3SvcfuZFfulho give the LGBTQ community the stamp of legitimacy."
Taiwan's 17th annual Taiwan Pride kicked off with a Rainbow Market of more than 100 LGBT-friendly businesses and organizations at Taipei City HallSDF+0LtihEkMcD9hMLL([email protected]&am*ufsI9)a-%NI80Y#P-7XWJ Plaza.
It ended 5.6km across the city outside the Presidential Office on Ketagalan Boulevard where performeLMpqW&Y9nxoyLJhrHRI$3E5h8dSt3)$X$4X=g%oBlOFA_rvsLtrs—including gay singer Hush—performed.
Some 180 different groups and 24 floats took partRtF8ord1JVcvLa!-uY+xirEKmKfQrDjIu9fAqerTP)_8vn9=Nq in the march, according to organizers.
The parade was the landmark event in a month of LGBT across Taipei. Hundreds attendedWtYtSXp^wmZL8I%rNqbS1JxhDQsoKc4%PuyQhTjpbHI-F%X_4# screenings, exhibitions, and workshops throughout the month, including the country's first trans pride parade on Friday evening.
GagaOOLala’s float this year hosted the director and actors of web series, Handsome Stewardess. The romantic-comedy featuring a good-looking tomboy lesbian who starts a new life as a flight attendant.
Award-winning actress Xiao Man, who plays the stewardess, )Frxnc41NhCynBRmFZVG4)4oZz-L1dDrA%fet4^r77489kuFG9renowned director Zero Chou, and Kenny J. Kuo, who plays a gay best friend, all donned rainbow attire and greeted other marchers.
Gay singer-songwriter HUSH, pe+P!bk=YnaU#1Fzw(bOcEIr$#LL-E8l^-FdP!x4=iajKXe30CVYrformed 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, HUS&2whz-Q+tC!XxLyVOVKulg1b%2^i=9jr)G6ZqQm%)Yy=k9QOVeH, whose real name is Chen Jia-Wei, on Friday urged LGBT Taiwanese to be brave and come out.
PrideXxt$4it+HK_wr9LvucSGiItm*)CuJ^Kb*[email protected]%-^MSYq5 this year, the first since Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, saw an altered parade route.
Marchers started from Taipei City Hall Plaza and travelled alonHu63SJW94)Ca1m$Tn3wUs_!iGKv*bQ3bUL3PLhP!B([email protected]#*zKg Yixian Road to Zhongxia East Road.
The parade then turned south to Renai Road before ending near the^3FOVWgu5AYTD2avcUz%^[email protected][email protected]&+ 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 both Taipei City and the President’s Office in%B#otHn7-iLK%[email protected]@wM%a([email protected](W6C5lOdD(fQugnG9EtBM bringing about same-sex marriage.
For the first time, Taiwan Gay Family Rights Promotion Assoj+w#ETC368pr+1&zl8uIWd=V#SSXB6K$d%8SQHcOz)lVpToASiciation will also hold the first Rainbow Parent-child Carnival and Rainbow Baby Mini Parade.
This year takes the theme rKrK*[email protected]))&U*+dIbf(SElo1Q=grQUBzqReaRD^y+Y"Together, Make Taiwan Better”.
The theme in Chinese means good neighbor. It wx5J6bbO9%[email protected])lAU&as 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 people took to the streets of Taipei for a pride parade that demanded 6*sHA^SfCB(n*F&)([email protected]=WfRKGdt08cPq8f1U6IM54SZNL6marriage equality.
It came just a month before devastating referendum results showed the majority of Taiwan voters did not support same-s4UyQPKAT*#)16hOA0=_4B7Yy5laq&aq(ezX^OjCuZcpIfjeguXex marriage.
D[email protected][email protected]@jNTNpH!LQ#(Fq=hE&7KYeJHfp+agV9f^WgZmjt(Sespite 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 unconstitutional.
This year, according to organizers, the LGBT rights movement has moved to the next stage and will fight against prejudice and stereotyp[email protected]=cCywzb9oYQsQ0soc1uo-E3Iying of LGBT people.