Taiwan held its first indigenous LGBTI festival on Saturday (15 December).
The Adju Festival, held in Pingtung County in southern Taiwan, featured performances, a fair, and workshops.
‘We organized this pride festival to let more people know about our community’ organizer Mavaliw told Gay Star News.
Adju refers to a relationship between two women in local language Paiwanese. It has, therefore, become a pronoun used among queer indigenous communities.
Indigenous LGBTI artists, including Suming Rupi, headlined the event. Actress Hsieh Ying-hsuan, who appeared in 2018’s hit queer movie Dear Ex, also attended.
Hsieh was among a number of Taiwan movie stars to come out for LGBTI equality at this year’s Golden Horse Awards.
The event was organized by advocacy group Colorful Wi. There are at least 530,000 indigenous, or aboriginal, people living in Taiwan. That’s about 2.3 per cent of the population.