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Taiwan LGBT Pride was the best thing ever and these photos prove it

Taiwan LGBT Pride was the best thing ever and these photos prove it

LGBTI supporters march along the streets of Taiwan's capital, Taipei (Photo: Twitter)

Nearly 140,000 people attended Taiwan LGBT Pride Parade on Saturday (27 October). The 16th annual event was the largest ever.

LGBTI supporters swarmed from all over the region to attend the pride, which is the largest of its kind in Asia. This year’s event drew attention to an equal marriage referendum taking place in Taiwan on November 24.

Let’s have a look at the record-breaking day:

The march

Taiwan’s pride parade is so vast there are three separate routes around the city. All start and end at the Presidential Office where there are speeches and performances.

LGBTI supporters march along the streets of Taiwan's capital, Taipei (Photo: Twitter)
LGBTI supporters march along the streets of Taiwan’s capital, Taipei (Photo: Twitter)
LGBTI supporters march along the streets of Taiwan's capital, Taipei (Photo: Twitter)
LGBTI supporters march along the streets of Taiwan’s capital, Taipei (Photo: Twitter)
LGBTI supporters gather outside the Presidential Office (Photo: Rik Glauert)
LGBTI supporters gather outside the Presidential Office (Photo: Rik Glauert)
LGBTI supporters march along the streets of Taiwan's capital, Taipei (Photo: Twitter)
LGBTI supporters march along the streets of Taiwan’s capital, Taipei (Photo: Twitter)
A rainbow flag leads one of three parade routes (Photo: Rik Glauert)
A rainbow flag leads one of three parade routes (Photo: Rik Glauert)
LGBTI supporters march along the streets of Taiwan's capital, Taipei (Photo: Twitter)
LGBTI supporters march along the streets of Taiwan’s capital, Taipei (Photo: Twitter)
LGBTI supporters march along the streets of Taiwan's capital, Taipei (Photo: Twitter)
LGBTI supporters march along the streets of Taiwan’s capital, Taipei (Photo: Twitter)

The vote

Taiwan’s highest court ruled in 2017 it was unconstitutional to deny same-sex marriage. But, legislators have been slow to comply with the court ruling.

Petitions lead by both pro- and anti- LGBTI activists mean Taiwan’s residents will therefore now go to the polls. Importantly, They will vote on whether to change the country’s Civil Code or enact separate legislation for same-sex unions.

Lawmaker Yu Mei-nu demonstrates how to cast pro marriage equality votes in upcoming referenda (Photo: Twitter)
Lawmaker Yu Mei-nu demonstrates how to cast pro-marriage equality votes in upcoming referenda (Photo: Twitter)
Jennifer Lu, who leads Taiwan Marriage Equality Coalition, lead one of the parade routes and shared the message of how to vote on 24 November (Photo: Rik Glauert)
Jennifer Lu, who heads Taiwan Marriage Equality Coalition, lead one of the parade routes and shared the message of how to vote on 24 November (Photo: Rik Glauert)

The people

A record-breaking 137,000 LGBTI supporters attended the parade. This included representatives from a number of LGBTI organizations in the region. Businesses and foreign missions also attended.

What’s more, a coalition of pro-LGBTI Christian groups. Religious leaders traveled from Singapore, which is fighting to repeal its colonial-era anti-gay law, Section 377A of the Penal Code.

The sun shone on Taipei on Saturday. Therefore, attendees were able to bear as much flesh as they wished. Some were promoting the weekend’s many parties.

Pro-LGBTI religious leaders from across Asia (Photo: Twitter)
Pro-LGBTI religious leaders from across Asia (Photo: Twitter)
Legendary LGBTI-rights campaigner Chi Jia Wei (Photo: Rik Glauert)
Legendary LGBTI-rights campaigner Chi Jia Wei (Photo: Rik Glauert)
Pride attendees (Photo: Twitter)
Pride attendees (Photo: Twitter)
Advocacy group promoting HIV awareness (Photo: Rik Glauert)
Advocacy group promoting HIV awareness (Photo: Rik Glauert)
Pride attendees (Photo: Twitter)
Pride attendees (Photo: Twitter)
Pride attendees (Photo: Twitter)
Pride attendees (Photo: Twitter)
Pride attendees (Photo: Twitter)
Pride attendees (Photo: Twitter)

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