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 people are expected to march from Taipei’s City Hall to the Presidential OfficuOO3JX8x9SC1hjy#@b!wX*g24++yN81HGn*6WX%c0X6PJ8u%32e on Saturday.
It is the first pride parade since Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage in eBIdvR#lFtrbZW9pFd2$^xfXnzHD3!JmH#MH&)URg00PLDzehnMay. It is also the first time that Taiwan Pride expanded to include weeks of cultural events.
Drag superstars, Aja and Kim Chi, dov1Xh62+ex^O4&%[email protected]#gbR^+J1#Yl&IFY8e into Taipei life after arriving for a Pose event Saturday. Kim Chi, South Korean-American drag queen who starred in season eight, shared photos and videos of Taipei’s Ximen district and its rainbow crossing. They also shared some of the city’s famous night market snacks.
Aja, meanwhile, shared a sunny selfie with the cap*[email protected]^XQp4=B2GXh(%rIEtion “Love Taipei”.
Legendary Hawaii-based producer Chris Lee and American author and entrepeneur Keith Ferrazzi were among some of the world’s LGBT movers and shakers that arrived in town for the GaLa BFF Gala taking place la07WAo-U*bB^V&ZzbheaD#ast2z34K_l0zrMAJQL!Pa9y(DpNCqter on Friday.
The European Union in Taiwan on Thursday held the first EU-Taiwan LGBTI Human Rights Conference. Many of the region’s leading LGBT figures attended, including Leow Yangfa of Oogachaga in SiHayF=z([email protected]*kRcJ$Xu7cJXstUnR+E!$g31nngapore and Jerome Yau of Hong Kong Marriage Equality.
Some of the DJs and party boys flyiDvGF#KWVt7pW([email protected]_$uEbBc&l0$+8CT)arng in to attend the legendary pride parties also shared updates.