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78,000 march for marriage equality, rights in Taipei LGBT pride parade

78,000 march for marriage equality, rights in Taipei LGBT pride parade

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Nearly 80,000 locals and tourists converged in the Taiwanese capital city of Taipei on Saturday to support marriage equality and LGBT rights at the 13th Taiwan LGBT Pride parade.

The parade this year saw many participants from other parts of the world, including the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore as over 300 LGBTI activists attended the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA)-Asia conference in Taipei earlier in the week.

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Organizers say this year’s theme ‘No Age Limit’ encourages attendees to bring their children along, and for attendees and the public to rethink societal norms with regard to age, sex and gender.

Organizers also called for more space and rights to allow Taiwan’s youth to explore their sexuality.

Media reports noted the absences of Taiwan’s two major presidential candidates and their respective political parties.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen however posted a video on Facebook before the parade indicating her support for marriage equality.

Although a same-sex marriage bill passed the first reading in 2013, it has stalled since then.

在愛之前,大家都是平等的。我是蔡英文,我支持婚姻平權。讓每個人,都可以自由去愛、追求幸福。──2015 台灣同志遊行 TAIWAN LGBT PRIDE 10/31(六)13:00集合,14:00出發集合地點/台北市景福門圓環西側(凱道旁)完整資訊:http://twpride.org/twp/

Posted by 蔡英文 Tsai Ing-wen on Friday, October 30, 2015