Taiwan LGBT Pride to kick off on Oct. 26

Taiwan LGBT Pride, an annual gay parade will kick off on Oct. 26, marking itself the largest ever LGBTQ parade in Taiwan to celebrate the legalization of same-sex marriage. (Taiwan LGBT Pride Official Website)
Taiwan LGBT Pride, an annual gay parade will kick off on Oct. 26, marking itself the largest ever LGBTQ parade in Taiwan to celebrate the legalization of same-sex marriage. (Taiwan LGBT Pride Official Website)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage on May 17, 2019. There is, therefore, little wonder that this year’s “Taiwan LGBT Pride” (台灣同志遊行), an annual gay parade slated on Oct. 26, is poised to become the largest ever LGBTQ parade in Taiwan as a celebration of the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Starting from Taipei City Hall Plaza (台北市政府廣場) at 1:30 p.m., the parade will end at the Ketagalan Boulevard (凱達格蘭大道) later that day, right in front of the Presidential Office (總統府). 

Taiwan LGBT Pride, themed “Together, Make Taiwan Better,” is expected to attract more than 200,000 participants this year. If you want to make some shopping (who knows?), there will also be a hundred stalls, selling cultural and creative products at the Rainbow Market (彩虹市集) located on Taipei City Hall Plaza from noon to 6 p.m.  

Oct 28, 2017: Hundreds of thousands came out on streets for the 15th Taiwan Pride Parade. (Shutterstock)
On Oct. 28, 2017, hundreds of thousands participated in the 15th Taiwan Pride Parade. (Shutterstock)

In addition to the market, there will be a series of LGBTQ-related events including workshops, film screenings and forums. Among other highlights, the workshop “If Sex Without Love Exist…Why Can’t Love Without Sex Exist Too” will be held on the third floor of EZsapce in Zhongshan district (中山區).

What’s more? Deliveroo, an online food delivery company, launched a campaign aimed at helping the LGBTQ community. If you place an order on the platform this month, Deliveroo will donate NT$1 to Taiwan LGBT Pride in support of the upcoming LGBTQ parade. 

Deliveroo, an online food delivery company, launched a campaign aimed at helping the LGBTQ community. (FB: 戶戶送Deliveroo)
Deliveroo, an online food delivery company, launched a campaign aimed at helping the LGBTQ community. (FB: 戶戶送Deliveroo)

Hotels.com, an online hotel booking platform, featuring the LGBT friendly Hotels, has also launched a promotion of stays in LGBT friendly hotels from now until Nov. 15.

For more information, visit Taiwan LGBT Pride

By Shelly Yang