Taiwan held first LGBTQ Pride march in two years

Participants party on a street during Taiwan’s annual LGBT Pride parade (Chiang Ying-ying/)

Tens of thousands of people braved the downpours in Taiwan this Saturday to celebrate on the island, the first manifestation of the LGBTQ pride since it fully reopened its border.

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Participants gather during the annual Taiwan LGBT Pride parade in Taipei (Chiang Ying-ying/)

Taiwan is at the forefront of the burgeoning human rights movement LGBTQ in Asia and became the first place in the region to legalize equality marriage in 2019.

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LGBT rights activists carry large rainbow banners as they march during the Gay Pride Parade in Taipei. (JAMESON WU/)

its capital, Taipeiannually hosts one of the marches of the Pride largest in Asia, with the exception of last year, when an increase in cases of covid-19 forced to hold the event online.

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An LGBT rights activist poses for photos during the Gay Pride Parade in Taipei (JAMESON WU/)

The festivities returned to full swing on Saturday when protesters dressed in garish costumes and covered themselves with rainbow flags on the 20th Taiwan Pride paradeand the organizers estimated that the turnout was 120,000 people.

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Two LGBT rights activists kiss during the Gay Pride Parade in Taipei (JAMESON WU/)

“I am very excited to be part of the first physical parade in two years,” he said. Wolf Yanga 40-year-old service industry worker, who sported a gold suit with a sequined headpiece and matching nose ring.

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A participant poses during Taiwan’s annual LGBT Pride parade (Chiang Ying-ying/)

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LGBT rights activists take part in the Gay Pride Parade in Taipei (JAMESON WU/)

Max, a 35-year-old French citizen, joined the march for the first time since moving to Taiwan last year, along with several friends who came from Japan and South Korea.“I think Taiwan should be proud of that. It’s a great thing to recognize gay marriage. Asia and the world should be proud of it.”

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Participants have fun on a street during the annual Taiwan Pride parade (Chiang Ying-ying/)
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LGBT rights activists carry a large rainbow banner as they march in front of the Taipei commercial building (JAMESON WU/)

A record crowd of 200,000 people joined the pride parade 2019 to celebrate after Taiwan legalized same-sex marriages that year.

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A participant wears a mask with a rainbow pattern to protect against the spread of COVID-19 during Taiwan’s annual LGBT Pride parade (Chiang Ying-ying/)

At least 7,000 same-sex couples have since married, though the law still contains restrictions that heterosexual couples do not face.

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Participants party on a street during Taiwan’s annual LGBT Pride parade (Chiang Ying-ying/)

Under current rules, Taiwanese citizens can only marry people from about 30 countries and territories where same-sex marriage is also legal.

People dance during the annual pride parade in Taipei, Taiwan
People dance during the annual pride parade in Taipei, Taiwan (ANN WANG/)

College student Virginia Li, 22, said she joined the parade with about 20 friends from the eastern city of Hualien to support gay rights.

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Participants party on a street during Taiwan’s annual LGBT Pride parade (Chiang Ying-ying/)

“Taiwan is much friendlier to the gay community that many countries… I am proud of the progress that has been made.”

People hold a giant rainbow flag during the Taipei Pride parade
People hold up a giant rainbow flag during the Taipei Pride parade (ANN WANG/)
People dance during the annual pride parade in Taiwan
People dance during the annual Taiwan Pride Parade (ANN WANG/)

(With information from AFP)

Photos from AFP and Reuters

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