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PHOTOS: 30,000 Attend Taiwan LGBT Pride Parade In Taipei

A record-breaking 30,000 people took to Ketagalan Boulevard in Taipei on Saturday for the ninth annual Taiwan LGBT Pride parade.

While the mood was clearly festive, signs and T-shirts bearing gay-rights slogans underscored the deeper importance of the event.  Homosexuality is legal in Taiwan and discrimination based on sexual orientation has been unlawful since 2007. But a strong social taboo still exists, and a number of parade-goers still wear masks.

The Taipei Times reports:

J.J. Lai, co-founder of the first Taiwan LGBT Parade in 2003, said the situation may have improved a little, but discrimination from the general public and politicians still exists. “Nine years ago, we departed from the 228 Peace Park with only a few hundred people. Today, we’re on Ketagalan Boulevard with more than 30,000 people,” Lai said. “Nine years ago, there was only one Taiwan LGBT Pride Parade in Taipei, but this year parades are taking place in Taipei, Taichung, Kaohsiung and Hualien,” he added. “We can’t deny there have been changes. However, we should not overlook the threats posed by homophobic people and organizations.” Lai accused President Ma Ying-jeou  of having broken his campaign pledges four years ago that he would promote LGBT rights in his policies. “Four years have passed and he’s running for his second term, but we’re still not getting what he promised — it’s all bullshit,” he said.

After the parade concluded demonstrators stepped on the ground a hundred times, signifying how gay rights, despite their efforts, have gone nowhere.

Click through to view a slideshow of the 2001 Taiwan Pride parade

Images via Zaylin14

On:           Oct 31, 2011
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    • G.I. Joe

      Really nice post! Happy to see things are working over there!

      Oct 31, 2011 at 9:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Phil

      There’s a surprising amount of pants in these pictures for a gay pride event. I approve.

      Nov 1, 2011 at 1:28 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B

      No. 2 · Phil wrote, “There’s a surprising amount of pants in these pictures for a gay pride event. I approve.”

      Didn’t think it was surprising – it looked pretty similar to what you’d see in San Francisco if you were actually there (while you’ll see a few naked people in San Francisco, it is probably under 1 in 10000). The difference is in media coverage – in the U.S., the media presents a highly distorted image of such events by showing the most outrageously dressed individuals, giving the impression that they are typical of everyone there, all in an attempt to attract viewers to increase those all important advertisers.

      Then there are the “Christians” who do the same thing – sending photographers to film the most outrageous stuff they can find for use in their propaganda. Presumably Taiwan is not as plagued as the U.S. is with homophobic religious nuts.

      Nov 1, 2011 at 1:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve

      Love the dog. Very imaginative.

      Nov 1, 2011 at 6:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dave

      Its 50000 people attending the pride…not 30000 people :)

      Nov 3, 2011 at 1:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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