Kopar Khairane
Interenational

As Taiwan celebrates the biggest Pride march in East Asia, hundreds of people swarm Taipei

<p>At the biggest Pride march in east Asia on Saturday, around 150,000 people marched through Taipei in a boisterous and colorful celebration of LGBTQ equality and diversity. Vice President Lai Ching-te became the most senior government figure to ever participate.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-257339″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/theindiaprint.com-as-taiwan-celebrates-the-biggest-pride-march-in-east-asia-hundreds-of-people-swarm.jpg” alt=”theindiaprint.com as taiwan celebrates the biggest pride march in east asia hundreds of people swarm” width=”1028″ height=”684″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/theindiaprint.com-as-taiwan-celebrates-the-biggest-pride-march-in-east-asia-hundreds-of-people-swarm.jpg 275w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/theindiaprint.com-as-taiwan-celebrates-the-biggest-pride-march-in-east-asia-hundreds-of-people-swarm-150×100.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1028px) 100vw, 1028px” title=”As Taiwan celebrates the biggest Pride march in East Asia, hundreds of people swarm Taipei 9″></p>
<p>In an attempt to strengthen the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) standing as a champion of liberal principles, Lai, who was widely expected to win the presidency, joined the DPP delegation at the event, which was held before of Taiwan’s parliamentary and presidential elections in January.</p>
<p>Speaking to media before entering the march around halfway through, Lai expressed her gratitude to everyone who had contributed to equality and the DPP’s and President Tsai Ing-wen’s advocacy of same-sex marriage in 2019.</p>
<p>He said, “On this road the DPP has always together with everyone,” as he was driven by a truck carrying a group of men in skimpy clothing who were dancing.</p>
<p>“Diversity begins with equal marriage; it is not the end. I’m going to stay firm on this course.”</p>
<p>Following that, Lai joined the DPP group and marched with a banner that said, “Democracy Supports Gays,” as admirers sang, “Hello, Mr. President.”</p>
<p>While the youth branch of the major opposition party Kuomintang attended, its members shouted as they went by Lai that their party also supported equality. The other three presidential contenders did not attend.</p>
<p>The twenty-first annual parade, including drag queens and go-go dancers, crowded the streets of downtown Taipei.</p>
<p>An estimated 150,000 people attended, many of them were foreigners, according to the organizers.</p>
<p>Tsai said on Facebook that she was in favor of the Pride march.</p>
<p>“Under the umbrella of Taiwan’s democracy and freedom, we learn to accept everyone’s characteristics and respect everyone’s differences,” she said in her letter.</p>
<p>In stark contrast to its massive neighbor China, which claims the island as its own territory, Taiwan is forthright about LGBTQ problems.</p>
<p>In China, while same-sex relationships are not prohibited, same-sex marriage is, and the government has begun clamping down on campaigners and media portrayals of LGBTQ individuals.</p>
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