First LGBT pride march in Taiwan in two years

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First LGBT Pride March in Taiwan in two years

Taipei hosts the largest LGBT Pride parade in Asia every year.

Tens of thousands of people braved the rain Saturday in Taiwan for the first LGBT Pride march since two years, with the total reopening of borders.

Taiwan is at the forefront of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender rights movement in Asia, where in 2019 the island became the first territory to recognize same-sex unions.

Its capital, Taipei, hosts the largest LGBT Pride parade in Asia every year. Last year, a spike in COVID-19 cases forced the event to be held online.

On Saturday, the march returned to its usual scale for its twentieth edition, with participants dressed in flashy costumes and wrapped in rainbow flags. Organizers put the number of participants at 120,000.

I am so excited to take part in the first live walk in two years, exclaims Wolf Yang, 40 years old, employed in the service industry and sporting a gold jumpsuit with matching sequined headpiece and nose piercing.

Max, a 35-year-old Frenchman, moved to Taiwan last year and is taking part in the walk for the first time with friends from Japan and South Korea.

At least 7000 homosexual couples have united since 2019.

I believe Taiwan should be proud of that, he said. It's a great thing to recognize gay marriage. Asia and the world should be proud, he says.

The march had a record high turnout of 200,000 in 2019 after marriage was legalized between people of the same sex.

Since then, at least 7000 homosexual couples have united, even if the law still contains restrictions that do not concern heterosexual couples.

< p class="e-p">Under the terms of current law, Taiwanese can only marry people from about 30 countries and territories where same-sex marriage is also legal.

Virginia Li, a 22-year-old student, explains that she went to the march with about 20 friends from the city of Hualien (East).

Taiwan is much more welcoming to the gay community than many other countries, she points out. I am proud of the progress made.

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