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Taipei LGBT Pride parade draws tens of thousands

Taipei LGBT Pride parade draws tens of thousands

The city of Taipei was covered in rainbow flags as tens of thousands marched in a Gay Pride parade.

The 26 October march happened  a day after the country’s legislature started to review a gay marriage bill.

A new opinion poll released in late August  found broad support for LGBT equality, with a majority now saying they support same-sex marriage.

This year was the eleventh year Taipei has sponsored a gay pride parade.

‘Compared to other Asian countries, we’re more open, but we still have a long way to go,’ parade spokeswoman Meico Tsai said, as reported by the Huffington Post.

According to Focus Taiwan, the march’s theme this year was Make LGBT Visible 2.0.

‘Ten years ago what we asked for was simply to be acknowledged; now we want to challenge the authority for real rights,’  Hu Hsiang, a college student who has participated at the event four times, said to Focus Taiwan.

Parade participants put their hand prints on large white banners in support such issues as the right not to be bullied and marriage equality.

According to the Taipei Times, approximately 60,000 people were part of the parade, 4,000 from abroad.

Watch a local news report below: