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28 Oct 2013

Tens of thousands turn out at Taiwan Pride, government to review same-sex marriage bill

Tens of thousands of people rallied at Taipei's 11th pride pride on Saturday making it the largest gay parade in Asia.

Tens of thousands of people rallied in Taiwan's capital city of Taipei on Saturday. The parade has been the largest of its kind in Asia for many years running with an estimated record of 65,000 people last year.

The theme this year is "Make LGBT Visible 2.0", an updated version of the theme of the first Taiwan LGBT Pride Parade in 2003.

Photo: Taiwan LGBT Pride

The government announced on Friday that it has decided to begin reviewing a bill to amend the Civil Code in order to allow same-sex marriages. The bill, proposed by opposition Democratic Progressive Party lawmakers, will be discussed by the parliament's judiciary committee. Gay and lesbian groups in Taiwan have been urging the government for years to recognise same-sex unions.

The Reuters news agency reports that a gay marriage bill, has the support of 53 percent of the public, according to a recent opinion poll, though acceptance of a gay family member remains low.

Reader's Comments

1. 2013-10-29 05:09  
It was a totally awesome LGBT Parade!
2. 2013-10-29 09:12  
Awesome :) Fantastico :) Maravilloso :)
Truly Asia's largest gay parade. 同志遊行加油!!
2013 TAIWAN LGBT PRIDE & 林逸欣(Shara Lin)『作對』
Comment edited on 2013-10-29 10:38:40
3. 2013-10-29 12:00  
We got super lucky with the weather.
A great event and a good reason to feel proud!
4. 2013-10-29 14:28  
It is indeed the largest of it's kind in Asia, and sets a good example & a role model to increase the 'rainbow' awareness of the vastly more-and-more visible existence of LGBT community in many Asian countries, which are sadly still under a huge amount of pressures, oppression, negative perception, prejudice, and discrimination. Bravo to Taipei.
5. 2013-10-31 07:41  
6. 2013-10-31 07:42  
7. 2013-11-01 12:09  
Wonderful - truly wonderful! Well done Taiwan.
I live in comparatively 'gay friendly' Thailand, but this sort of parade just would not be allowed here. We tried it in Chiang Mai 4 years ago and a militant band of Red Shirts called Rak51 threatened the participants with violence so the police called it off. Such a shame.
And as for Malaysia and those other states in the region suffering from religious bigots or undemocratic rule, well enough said.
8. 2013-11-01 21:42  
9. 2013-11-01 21:44  
at last an asian country making progress for gay rights!
puts the other asian countries to shame.
10. 2013-11-03 04:58  
I support gay marriage and I really hope this will happen in TW, leading all of Asia!
11. 2013-11-04 04:17  
There is more sign of Progress in that Island, Hope that they could give more equal laws for the LGBT community and give a better example to Asia.
12. 2013-11-05 07:48  
I hope this does happen. Then maybe Mainland China will start to lighten up or lose face.

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