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Over 50,000 at gay parade call for same-sex marriage equality

A record of over 50,000 people from across Taiwan and abroad marched through the streets of Taipei yesterday afternoon for the 2012 Taiwan Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Parade.

Participants called for the legalization of same-sex marriage during the parade — the largest event of its kind in Asia, according to the Taiwan LGBT Pride Community, organizer of the event.

The organizer said a record number of over 3,000 foreign LGBT supporters from 23 countries joined the event, which carried the theme “Marriage Revolution — Equal Rights to Marriage, Diversity in Partnership.”

Inaugurated in 2003, the annual parade celebrates its 10th edition this year, and the number of participants has rapidly surged over the years from 500 to 50,000, indicating the growing support and recognition of LGBT people in Taiwanese society.

Participants gathered at 1 p.m. on Ketagalan Boulevard and were divided into two groups, with one heading north and the other south before regrouping on the boulevard at the end of their routes.

Several local and foreign musicians and entertainers performed at the event to support the appeal. Gigi Leung, a Hong Kong-born singer, said that love transcends sexual orientation and people should have the right to enjoy happiness.

Marchers carried balloons, rainbow flags and self-made placards with slogans calling for equal rights to marriage. Many dressed in creative costumes, including men wearing bridal gowns and women wearing suits.

Eleven countries have legalized same-sex marriage, but Taiwan, despite claiming to support human rights, has continued to deny homosexual couples such rights, the organizer said.

1 Comment
October 28, 2012    longcraigh@
Did you notice how this enormous event was not mentioned on any of the news networks? Had to hear about it from BBC Asia. Instead of reporting on the parade, Taiwan news did a special feature about cat that can count.
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A record number of 3,000 LGBT supporters from 23 foreign countries participate in the 10th Taiwan LGBT Pride parade held in Taipei yesterday afternoon. The event attracted the largest-ever number of participants with over 50,000.(CNA)

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