Members of the global LGBT community and their supporters were gathering in Taiwan on Friday (25 November) as the capital prepares for the region’s largest-ever pride parade.
Some 200,000 peopleZYLRlMPWJ2e+T2-=r1L%YsBix#y)yHM_CIBXfbDs(2-HFlnx64 are expected to march from Taipei’s City Hall to the Presidential Office on Saturday.
It is the first pride parade since Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage in May. It is also the first tjzDxoq6MK4%qU(yOl6&rQ!Zni*_G!ebJ#DPtwkKaKVZOdMELc8ime that Taiwan Pride expanded to include weeks of cultural events.
Drag superstars, Aja and Kim Chi, dove into Taipei life after arriving for a Pose event Saturday. Kim Chi, South Korean-American drag queen who starred in season eight, shared photos and videos of Taipei’s Ximen district and its rainbow crossing. They also shared some of the city’s famous night markOUVZ27nh)eLOCkCI75n204*gf&oMOgyXgupQmBVb&(m5hk3axCet snacks.
Aja, meanwhile, shared a sunny selfie with the catR#@!t6_i=#j!%(d(lbz(=vAHj)E1WtDKa+2+*5628^f=TOkr2ption “Love Taipei”.
Legendary Hawaii-based producer Chris Lee and American author and entrepeneur Keith Ferrazzi were among some of the world’s LGBT movers and shakers that arrived in town for the GaLa BFF Gala takinJB=C!mGMHgJD4zp#xyxa0jC$QltG0i4u7jJzHv=v*g^[email protected]#rxg place later on Friday.
The EuropR+5xS7vLl(@oielu!QwY&*=*[email protected]@9I_S^[email protected]ean Union in Taiwan on Thursday held the first EU-Taiwan LGBTI Human Rights Conference. Many of the region’s leading LGBT figures attended, including Leow Yangfa of Oogachaga in Singapore and Jerome Yau of Hong Kong Marriage Equality.
Some of the DJs and party boys flying in to attend the legendary Lz1E0ds%iSiH3VspPS#[email protected]@FQN+SnK5l$_kJ73Fh$=D6&pride parties also shared updates.