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Taiwan’s gay pride march endorsed by world’s big businesses

Taiwan’s gay pride march endorsed by world’s big businesses

Fortune 500 companies welcomed Taipei Pride as a sign of Asia’s progress on LGBT rights.

Gay Star News reported an overwhelming show of support for the Taiwanese LGBT community this weekend. An estimated 60,000 attendees took to Taipei’s streets to celebrate what is being called Asia’s biggest gay pride event.

Now global companies join local community representatives who endorsed the pride parade saying it shows a growing ‘LGBT inclusiveness’ in Taiwan. 

Taiwan’s representative for the Mr Gay World 2013 Darien Chen told Gay Star News: ‘Taiwan Pride is the biggest in Asia because of our accepting social atmosphere.’

One pride-goer from Malaysian who preferred not to be identified told Gay Star News: ‘I’m really interested to see the biggest Pride in Asia as it shows Asia is progressing.’

Employees from Google and Goldman Sachs joined the demonstrations wearing corporate branded t-shirts.

‘The Taiwan Pride parade creates an opportunity for LGBT and LGBT-friendly people to come together and raise awareness of LGBT inclusiveness,’ said Bernard Liu, head of Goldman Sachs Taiwan.

‘As a company, we have been participating in the parade since 2010, and we are glad to see more people taking part each year.’

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