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Second annual gay pride parade set for Kaohsiung

TAIPEI -- The second annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride parade in southern Taiwan will take place in Kaohsiung this Saturday, organizers said yesterday.

Hoping to maintain the momentum of last year's success, when about 2,000 people participated, the group has made “Out and Out” the theme of this year's event to encourage more people to stand out and express their support.

“We'd like to encourage not only homosexuals to walk in the parade to call for their rights, but also other people to join the crowd to show their support,” Lin Wei-feng, the event's spokesman, said.

Though the Kaohsiung parade lacks the history of a similar event held annually in Taipei, organizers hope it will enable the city, which they consider more conservative than Taipei, to gain a better understanding of the “rainbow community.”

One of the group's appeals this year will be to push for a gender equality curriculum for elementary and junior high school students in Taiwan.

A warm-up forum titled “How to make Kaohsiung a gay-friendly city?” is scheduled to take place Friday evening, the organizers said.

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