Taiwan holds first pride parade sinc

October 27, 2019

Taiwan has long hosted the largest pride marches in East Asia but the 2019 parade is particularly significant as it is the first since a law legalizing same sex marriage was passed on May 24.

More than 2,150 same-sex couples have now married in Taiwan, government data shows.

Organizers said more than 200,000 people marched through the streets of Taipei, with many waving rainbow flags and signs for “Good Neighbors,” “Love” and “Diversity” to show support for gender and sexual diversity.

The parade was due to end in the evening outside the Presidential Office.

President Tsai-Ing-wen and her ruling Democratic Progressive Party gave their support to the event.

“We hope you have your glad-rags on, because this year’s celebration should be a special one after the passing of #SameSexMarriage legislation, with over 200,000 people expected to attend from all over the world!” Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry wrote on its Facebook page.

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