Taiwan holds first LGBTQ Pride march in two years

The festivity was again in full swing on Saturday as marchers donned eye-catching costumes and draped themselves in rainbow flags.

The festivity was again in full swing on Saturday as marchers donned eye-catching costumes and draped themselves in rainbow flags.

Tens of 1000’s braved downpours in Taiwan on Saturday to have a good time because the island staged its first LGBTQ Delight rally since absolutely reopening its border.

Taiwan is on the vanguard of the burgeoning LGBTQ rights motion in Asia and have become the primary place within the area to legalise marriage equality in 2019.

Its capital Taipei hosts certainly one of Asia’s largest Delight marches yearly — aside from final yr, when a surge in Covid instances pressured the occasion on-line.

The festivity was again in full swing on Saturday as marchers donned eye-catching costumes and draped themselves in rainbow flags in Taiwan’s twentieth Delight march, with organisers estimating the turnout was 120,000.

“I am so very excited to be part of the primary bodily parade in two years,” stated 40-year-old service business employee Wolf Yang, sporting a gold bodysuit with an identical sequined headpiece and nostril ring.

Max, a 35-year-old French nationwide, joined the march for the primary time since transferring to Taiwan final yr, together with a number of associates who flew in from Japan and South Korea.

“I feel Taiwan must be pleased with that. It is an amazing factor to recognise homosexual marriage. Asia and the world have to be pleased with it.”

A file crowd of 200,000 joined the 2019 Delight march to have a good time after Taiwan legalised same-sex marriages that yr.

At the very least 7,000 same-sex {couples} have wed since then, though the regulation nonetheless incorporates restrictions that heterosexual {couples} don’t face.

Under the current rules, Taiwanese nationals can solely marry these from roughly 30 nations and territories the place same-sex marriage can also be authorized.

School scholar Virginia Li, 22, stated she joined the parade with about 20 associates from jap Hualien metropolis to help homosexual rights.

“Taiwan is far more pleasant to the homosexual neighborhood than many nations… I’m pleased with the progress that has been made.”

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