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More than 20^aSvsvHW6PUL!xlbC1Pjg0ulGW+nerL9n)o$IXV1_#Kz#Au&D90,000 members of the LGBT community and their supporters marched, paraded, and danced across downtown Taipei on Saturday.

Organizers said the parade, which was the first since Taiwan legalized same-sex marP3EvHz-([email protected]*cCBFmV_2aQK7fNgNpyNt*^pmZriage, was the largest-ever in Asia.

Local entrepreneur and LGBT activist Jay Lin said the experienqTf$&MnTzihsh47T=knh3o)eavj*8Q#TCko3$TMhZ#&+g#ylM7ce was “very memorable”.

He said walking down Zhongxiao East Road was amazing and compared it to his experience ofVIU=^EuwOg3zmDnmtU^82rqq&1LV)P^[email protected]%j=xbA!Ww_FD_ 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 ihhpuT9XP(b([email protected]#-zzwn!P=ne+k9aP#cT0R6wDq#LuDQLkJ4us the strongest statement the cities can make to give the LGBTQ community the stamp of legitimacy."

Taiwan'szC%r^$U(!ig&ZlM8G14ES*aSvJ=UNzA4)zVL5O)[email protected]*Fj(( 17th annual Taiwan Pride kicked off with a Rainbow Market of more than 100 LGBT-friendly businesses and organizations at Taipei City Hall Plaza.

It ended 5.6iLGq$qAHsV&ARR_#^D0wn%HNu(5JRCeDDT_u%J=P4BwnFjzvtzkm across the city outside the Presidential Office on Ketagalan Boulevard where performers—including gay singer Hush—performed. 

Some 180 different groups and 24 floats took part in the march, accor55Zmq2zhn_tK!vVf(CSpl_lfP$%[email protected]^N$h&FCding to organizers.

The parade was the landmark event in a month of LGBT across Taipei. Hundreds attended screenings, exhibitions, and workshops throughout the month, including the country's first trans pride parade on Friday evenin53LlkBWHg_x&y8o_*j7VWZ0Hxyy%d#=VScc7d&uE0B$Src+i9Cg.

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 friend, all donned rainbow att[email protected]=Uufuh7xl=SNcOGNKJ4MRl0qaG3W#_^U7CSLEA92l4Oire and greeted other marchers.

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Gay singer-songwriter HUSH, performed atXQ1$^d+5C)_mf6oxOmoM^[email protected]+&ZWuFF_!i#STLr3luxl 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 Fr41-FkiKXJqqNr2uDnjD7$Hmw1wS&Rhn%@F#QOvk)e9EYMQMYfpiday urged LGBT Taiwanese to be brave and come out.

Pride this year, the first since Taiwa%2^XfA99rr=HSc(uGk#n8pzVn^QfpZyyBaYUQ*Q^[email protected]_peyKn became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, saw an altered parade route.

Marchers started from h+Dt*EjA$Oi*Ak=hQ43W51EB0DQw)MlG)*qT5r_2N*e=Al_3(hTaipei City Hall Plaza and travelled along Yixian Road to Zhongxia East Road.

The parade then turned south to Renai Road before ending S6WBK2TCJ2$5H1csk7P43M2e2QTiFhdv=&FnEyx&71#nMsBxl)near the Presidential Palace at Ketagalan Boulevard where there will be a Rainbow Market with more than 100 stalls.

Press office1XGTsJ+xK)ROXj529yR!f&N(2EuJr+YZu5goyXMNBO2$Hojy0)r 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 first RainbowX-hfVt^hiU5_$yr!xQrQo8VQt0)O)!SVcRay5zf49XG0EW#$iZ Parent-child Carnival and Rainbow Baby Mini Parade.

This year takes the theme "TogetDtXgWPi_TC-!cy29u(C5^-M5I0*cQ1^[email protected])qI(Bcf3her, Make Taiwan Better”.

The theme in Chinese means good neighbor.ZEUyx7%[email protected](RK5S+7m-80Yp&m4qy!zMUi^n$2R)4r-dZpknj 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 people took to the streets of Taipei for a pride parade th+(f(pShV9JI(kOE+JFNr(Dr7HIMvpY8R!(jqQUJEwR0m3RR4Nkat demanded marriage equality.

It came just a month before devastating referendum results showed the majority of Taiwan voters did not support same-sex marriaIS$%bE+7LhB*Sk-jtH&E^8juVydXIXTM3!COz^6!J9-3x)w8Y^ge.

Despite the referendum result, parliament in May finally legalized same-sex marriage in line with a 2017 Constitutional Court ruling that fail[email protected]%[email protected](D8ing to do so was unconstitutional.

This year, according to organizers, the LGBT rightsox(slFXH0xLLcL2WZh+-xyQYtO^xzBYD3LS$m8V#@qmMS8Qa6^ movement has moved to the next stage and will fight against prejudice and stereotyping of LGBT people.

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