More than 200,000 members of the LGBT community and their support+bgl0EP3C1#ByI$5_$p0^d1Zy#Kr&oI#yQ=Nl&al#tS9x-E_9mers marched, paraded, and danced across downtown Taipei on Saturday.
Organizers said the parade, which was xe&0H2!)Xh!9lRKgc&N#5Ju81AjBN2z4HV507b!+q60*LRWpLpthe first since Taiwan 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 walking down Fifth Avenue 7ng*8tm2Jz9Dz!R^uFg3z2Y&USUbn$JzQUl87N2QIe1NA^I+JPfor 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 to give the LGBTQ community the sta&hzjUjL6L(EBNt*Eci&ZS=JF6xhmwHkAIUx4uvRpgPHtFw5JCbmp of legitimacy."
Taiwan's 17th annual Taiwan Pride kicked off with a Rainbow Market of more than 100 LGBT-friendly businesses and organizations at ^VF8mBUlkM6hkS#(=643kTd=bStTvBdwQsyZ)ay(Y9B6CboP65Taipei City Hall Plaza.
It ended 5.6km across the city outside the Presidential Office on Ketagalan Boulevard where performers—including gay singer Hush—perfo#K=WsMb5eFjo3KJ2v9x0nqXQibqtOmPS^)MXvoyID%jzs=NUhTrmed.
Some 180 different groups and 24 fl^2-1wJ5vqydqhY&J(^o9vXF4hrn$6PPb31M!7HE$4g-$eKplJmoats took part in the march, according to organizers.
The parade was the landmark FGF%QIvC#J-!GU4(v^6ww&v%SRTh#$RjR3vp!LlGEAz$rm=KY4event 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 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 friend, all donned raiX+8vUzE3Hh0DqaFM=2M-oNU4%*lcP)8gwl))sk)+UzYLLK-x+(nbow attire and greeted other marchers.
Gay singer-songwriter HUSH, performed at a concert to mark theMYpPMr%Wi7tC83b#By4+e%[email protected]%n=yj%5dBqqbE end of the long parade across town.
As one of only a handful of Taiwan celebrities to come out publicly, HUSH, whose real name QHZLO_MB3S5!z3rN3I#RP&SOgZUo9vC+t5)K*@JUJiy-1AEzukis Chen Jia-Wei, on Friday urged LGBT Taiwanese to be brave and come out.
Pride this year, the first since[email protected]$vPWW-BMd#Y=Ztxg!FlE+Xvi57zAN Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, saw an altered parade route.
Marchers started from Taipei City Hall Plaza and traveSpCl-dWj4E#p*V+zPFrj+x$!+9FC^&$Q4wzq-MhIA5TINNu6f^lled along Yixian Road to Zhongxia East Road.
The parade then turned south to Renai Road beforexki=0PUQP(ClNyoZlR_R6)%7uDSt3#+)l#([email protected]^JQW61 ending near the Presidential Palace at Ketagalan Boulevard where there will be a Rainbow Market with more than 100 stalls.
Press officer for Pride 2019, Benson Lee, said the new route w6X%lLMuThioP4mPLQKameia^wtU3op(sXW_qWA22dBwl8cEyk^as chosen to recognize the roles played by both Taipei City and the President’s Office in bringing about same-sex marriage.
For the first time, [email protected]#[email protected]%TWdBGOA3Uo1NbTaiwan Gay Family Rights Promotion Association will also hold the first Rainbow Parent-child Carnival and Rainbow Baby Mini Parade.
This yy(GT&03ivfh$m#FnqH&w=l4)[email protected]&IEH(H%Q)tGgSW+fear takes the theme "Together, Make Taiwan Better”.
The theme in Chinese means good neighbor. It cZqS-H9oo^i^PM!84($!Y*)-KUa%zyMLQV))XqtDC6dW$cWB3Lwas 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 mauMM7AQVXZ$!fzely4ikopogMa3FbGTJjzWJiP1EmEux!j+G3+-rriage equality.
It came just a month before devastating referendum results showed the majority of Taiwan voterk7BknR5RY#@+!_e8r8uoSE)l39m#ZLMReC3Y=o9lT7Jn%=*z=Ws did not support same-sex marriage.
Despite the referendum result, parliament in May finally legalized same-sex marriage in line with a 2017 Constitutional Court ruling qZUcTGPQFfDT^E1My9Wny2q6)Z0U=IOxf7UHoQh*bu=bD7Zq&ythat failing to do so was unconstitutional.
This year, according to organizers, the LGBT rights movement has moved tozVg4$+uPMJqdE&hccY%Dpmj5kRjgXa4ITdV_2$MI_uHj+hDrUb the next stage and will fight against prejudice and stereotyping of LGBT people.