In a sea of rainbow flags, glitter, and plenty of exposed flesh, attendees marched from Taipei’s City Hall to a stage near the Presidential Office in the first parade held since Taiwan, in May, became the first country in Asia to recognise same-sex marriage.
Taiwan’s move to legalise gay marriage came just before a deadline set in May 2017 by Taiwan’s high court for its parliament to enact laws recognising marriages between same-sex couples within two years. That period was mired with uncertainty and pessimism over the government’s inaction to enshrine same-sex unions into law. This year, however, the mood at Taipei’s Pride parade was largely celebratory.
The 17th annual Taiwan Pride kicked off with a Rainbow Market of more than 100 LGBT-friendly businesses and organisations at Taipei City Hall Plaza and ended 5.6 kilometres across the city outside the Presidential Office on Ketagalan Boulevard.
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