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.