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Tens of thousands join in LGBT Pride Parade in Taipei

TAIPEI--Tens of thousands of gay rights supporters on Saturday took to the streets in Taipei for the LGBT Pride Parade, the largest such event in Asia calling for an end to discrimination against people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Sporting colorful costumes and cross-dressing, the participants at the 11th Taiwan LGBT Pride Parade showed their support by making a hand print on a large white banner, using six different colors that represent different human rights, including the right not to be bullied and the right to have diverse partnerships legalized.

More than 10 different musical and dance performances were given. And nearly 20 social movement organizations were introduced during the parade to share their ideas related to HIV, sexual minorities and civil partnerships.

“Ten years ago what we asked for was simply to be acknowledged; now we want to challenge the authority for real rights,” said Hu Hsiang, a college student who participated in the event for the fourth time.

Hu's words reflected the theme this year: Make LGBT Visible 2.0.

The organizers said the parade was aimed at renewing the appeal of the first Taiwan LGBT Pride Parade, Make LGBT Visible.

It is hoped that with the notion of “2.0,” the public could revisit the issue more seriously as human rights have not improved for homosexual and bisexual people in the past decade, according to the Taiwan LGBT Pride Community.

The organization said it also wishes to raise awareness of the disadvantaged in society, and call for collaboration and mutual support among people in the community to resist the injustice.

The participation was similar to last year, when the parade attracted a record 65,000 people, according to the organizers.

About 4,000 foreign nationals took part in the event, a significant rise compared with some 3,000 last year, the organization said.

Among them was Jerry Jackson, a 60-year-old university professor from California, who said the vibe he experienced during the event reflected the universal call for equality.

“All we want is equality to be free, to be who we are, and to love who we choose,” he said.

October 27, 2013    fomavictorevitch@
It is with absolute shock and horror that I read of this "parade" in international news. I cannot believe that the ROC that I loved so much, which was my home for 17 years, has given in to this disgusting western promotion of sodomy and the destruction of the family. The GIMO must be turning in his grave! Where are the wonderful conservative Chinese Traditions of Family, of Love of Country, of respect for the Ancestors? How can my wonderful ROC turn to this disgusting approbation of such practices? Are there not any more real Kuomintang People left to fight this abomination? I knew back in 1986 that lifting martial law was a disaster, and I see its result now. Poor, poor, ROC!
October 27, 2013    taiwanindependencenow@
This is disgusting, we cannot allow our great homeland of Taiwan be taken over by these p**v*rts. [Homosexuals] didn't exist in Taiwan before those ch*nks moved in in 1945, now they're wrecking havoc on our country. It is simply a Chinese plot to destroy Taiwan.
October 28, 2013    herald@
fomavictorevitch@ and taiwanindependencenow@

Both of you should seek urgent psychological counseling.

John
(male and hetero)
October 28, 2013    carlos.segovia33@
Jerry Jackson, 4.000 [...] nationals and Taiwanese company: If you believe Taiwan is a carefree, tolerant and open society, then reread the comments above. There are many Christian groups against you. There have been death treats against LGBT advocates and supporters. If the bill in the legislature is approved be prepared for the worst: bullying, attacks, muggings and even murder. Stay tuned.
October 29, 2013    cloggedwithguts@
herald@ wrote:
fomavictorevitch@ and taiwanindependencenow@

Both of you should seek urgent psychological counseling.

John
(male and hetero)
I am a sane, heterosexual Taiwanese male. I don't need *-loving *-man like you to tell me to seek psychological help.

Taiwan should introduce laws stricter than Russia's to combat this disease, it is the only way forward towards progress for our great fatherland. Otherwise we would be swallowed up by China which is a country infested with these [...].
October 30, 2013    carltanong@
taiwanindependencenow@ wrote:
This is disgusting, we cannot allow our great homeland of Taiwan be taken over by these p**v*rts. [Homosexuals] didn't exist in Taiwan before those ch*nks moved in in 1945, now they're wrecking havoc on our country. It is simply a Chinese plot to destroy Taiwan.
If ur ancestor come from China. Then u will be call by foreigner as a ch*nks.

If u call these people as p**v*rts. [Homosexuals]. They are worthier than u.

WHY?
Because u are just a [...] crocodile flapping around, sowing havoc with one BLACK EYE all over Taiwan...
November 2, 2013    deanapan@
Respecting and helping is one thing, but according to the news the LGBT want not only marriage recognized, but adoptions (what about the child's right?), legalization of party drugs (known to take advantage of people), SM counseling (just wrong) and legalization of sex workers. What will be next? Why is it a must to respect LGBT feelings but not those who believe in traditional marriage? The Taiwan news states that most of AIDS cases are those of male homosexuals. Are LGBT combating that? Oh, it is prejudice to state that news?
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A participant carries a placard with a slogan during the 11th LGBT Pride Parade in Taipei, yesterday.

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