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4 Nov 2010

Taipei gay pride parade draws record number

Organisers hailed the Taiwan LGBT Pride last to be the biggest ever gay pride parade in Asia with 30,000 people observing or marching through Taipei streets on Saturday. 

Local participants and supporters from China, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand braved the chilly winds and light rain to march from Ketagalan Boulevard to the Presidential Office.

All photos courtesy of Taiwan LGBT Pride Community, visit flickr.com/photos/twlgbtpride/ for more.

The theme of the 2010 event – the eighth of its kind in Taipei – was 'Out & Vote'. The march called for a comprehensive government policy to protect gay rights. 

Organiser of the parade Taiwan LGBT Pride Community, a coalition of LGBT and other civil society organisations, say although the size has grown tremendously from about 500 participants when it started in 2002, there has been no corresponding progress in gay and lesbian rights legislation during this period, reported Taiwan Today

The theme was chosen to in a bid to move gay and lesbian issues higher up Taiwan’s political agenda and urge members of the LGBT community and its supporters to “exercise his or her political power” at the upcoming special municipality elections scheduled to take place in five cities on November 27.

“We are angry because the politicians in Taiwan have overlooked the needs of the LGBT community during numerous law-making and public policy decision-making processes… Those with power pose themselves at this moment as if they have suddenly recognized the visibility and political significance of the LGBT community. Yet time and again they leave empty promises with us and other social minorities such as the working class, the disabled, and the aboriginal citizens.” Read the official parade website.

“While we hoped the rally would raise awareness of gays and lesbians, the rally also aimed to vie for substantial support from the election candidates,” parade spokesperson Rex Shau was quoted as saying by AFP. “Some politicians just paid lip service, never taking real steps to adopt non-discrimination measures.”

In 2003, the Executive Yuan drafted a bill to legalise same-sex marriages and recognise the rights of same-sex couples to adopt children but proposed bill has yet to be passed, leading some gay groups to criticise its drafting as simply a ploy to woo voters.

All photos courtesy of Taiwan LGBT Pride Community,
visit flickr.com/photos/twlgbtpride/ for more.

Connie Chan (extreme left) marching under the Women Coalition of Hong Kong banner



1. 2010-11-04 20:04  
Let's unite and show our right and equality.
2. 2010-11-04 21:59  
I love Taipei!
3. 2010-11-05 12:11  
I am proud of Taiwan. Cheers ! I have been Taipei many times. I love the city. Especially gays there. lol Very friendly.
4. 2010-11-05 13:10  

it is good picture.
5. 2010-11-05 13:54  
I hate to rain on your parades but well...Gay parades! realllllllly it's all so last century & why is it so many gay men need to be tackily exhibitionist? ewwwwwwwww not a good look fellas it kind of shows up a fundamental lack of maturity, sophistication & intellectual capacity, I would think that how you live your life and what you represent in your humanity and how you portray your self is the most important indicator of your pride as an individual and as a homosexual not gallavanting down the main drag of some shopping precinct in self parody immitating sad & pathetic western parades and those stupid flags reallly give them back to Green Peace.
6. 2010-11-05 14:20  
Do you really have to be so pessimistic ALL THE TIME, aztlan_oz? I rarely ever post, but consistently seeing your snide snippets seeping with arrogance is extremely annoying.

Anyway, the parade looks fabulous. I can't want to go to Taipei one day. :)
7. 2010-11-05 16:14  
How can u ask for acceptance when you're walking around the streets in underwear and masks and running shoes?? Are they stupid?? How embarrassing for the rest of us... ㅡ.ㅡ''
8. 2010-11-05 21:33  
Hooray! Long life to Taiwan!
9. 2010-11-05 21:54  
i looove taiwan!
10. 2010-11-05 21:56  
looking at the near to nudity pic,to me ,do they really need to hang out there like an orgy gathering ,way short of conviencing others' respects.Besides the ever going self -improvement , own strength and acceptance of self, the come-out stories made days ago by Ricky Martin, Portia de Rossi and the Mom Wu from Guangzhou dwarfed the parade,to be honest,there is lack of constructive ways yet to build the gay image.
11. 2010-11-05 22:24  
-7, 10...it's likely a gay swimming club...make sense?
12. 2010-11-05 22:24  
The best Gay Pride parades and events I have been to have been big Gay-theme parties. I think that is what they should be. We are not just telling the world that we are here - we could do that by marching somberly down the street wearing sack-cloth with our heads bowed. We are telling them that we are here and we are not ashamed of being different. We are out and we are proud. That is what it is all about, Pride. We love fun and anyone who has attended an event like that could not fail to see that or be infected by it.

The pictures cannot convey the feelings of the events and unfortunately they can be used to misrepresent them. There are small groups of people in every Gay Pride event who like to expose there bodies, sometimes completely. It is done for fun, not to offend. It is a very 'gay' thing to do and that is why it should be done. 30,000 people in the street, having fun, cannot fail to make an impression and, really, only a tight-assed straight wanna-be would be disturbed by people having fun.
13. 2010-11-05 22:40  
Here they are in formation, what does the sign say?...http://www.flickr.com/photos/twlgbtpride/5127706353/ ...

They are just in speedos, "dirt" is all in the mind of the beholder...
14. 2010-11-05 23:35  
Taipei should just promote and elect a few gay lesbian mayors... Then we shall see some change.. Parades don't really work lar.
15. 2010-11-05 23:59  
14 - sure they do...hard for other people to pretend they are invisible and dont count with 30,000 on the march...the purpose is to be visibly and unashamedly gay....just look at the slide show on flickr its inspiring...of course your Singapore is different - only christians are allowed to march and thats just at christmas...some people post here to put people off the idea of a pride march taking hold there...doesnt matter, the pink dot is a cool alternative.
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16. 2010-11-06 00:53  
The sexuality aspect is what the media tend to focus on, but if you go to that flicker site and see the photos, the groups participating the parade were very diverse. The mass consumers have an appetite for sexuality - it sells - and the media was not doing a good job at presenting the whole picture. And as the others have pointed out, to be able to march in whatever shape and form that one chooses to present oneself shows the progression of a culture towards celebration of diversity. Pride parades in general have evolved from being political to celebratory - this demonstrates the amount of progress achieved over the years. But the more concrete progress requires the background work of a lot of activists and people who care about the issue. To expect a lot to be accomplished from a single day parade is expecting too much, and it isn't the intended purpose of a parade.
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17. 2010-11-06 01:34  
let people as live as they want to, if they want a party parade, let em have it!!
18. 2010-11-06 01:49  
I feel proud for my friends in Taipei (and Taiwan).
I wish, one day, also Singapore will share the same freedom.
I am not so much into marching half naked in the streets but this is only a matter of taste.
Taiwan is a great place and Taiwanese gays that I've met are great to be with.
All the best and success to the GLBT community in Taiwan!
19. 2010-11-06 02:47  
#5 aztlan_oz >>> how can you be negative about this, in many parts of Asia gay boyz would kill to be able to have this, in some parts of Asia Gya boyz are killed for being gay, so a bit of visibility and fun gets it put onto the agenda it cannot be ignored if 30,000 are on the streets. Sure it does not represent eveyones own view, how can it. More Pride marches please. BTW wish I was there!
20. 2010-11-06 03:38  
I guess there's a difference between what the media decide to capture and what exactly is being celebrated in this parade. Gaining its political power and bringing gay issue up high to the agenda are definitely wut we're looking for, and yet, what's "really there" is nothing but the playful laughters from the streetwalkers. it may sound like a last-century stuff to walk on the streets and parade about it, but i do think what Taipei presents here is this naturalizing/ normalizing power. Personally, being a citizen, Im really proud of the parade, be it political or not.
21. 2010-11-06 03:51  
I LOVE TAIWAN! Its my first time to finally see a gay pride parade in Taiwan. I am so happy that they have finally settled on a fixed weekend for the parade. For those of us that need to plan, this is great! GO TAIWAN!!
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22. 2010-11-06 05:30  
It may be a good reason of travelling to Taipei!!
23. 2010-11-06 06:23  
Ignore the stupid negative comments. We're out of the box and there's no going back. Celebrate my beautiful brothers and sisters. It's what god calls us to do
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25. 2010-11-06 07:41  
Way to go Taipei! Show the way to the rest of Asia!
26. 2010-11-06 08:33  
i am so happy for Taipei.. I will definitely be there for 2011 pride
27. 2010-11-06 09:07  
I LOOOVE Taipei :D:D:D the guys are soooo cuute~ im serious like omgomgomgomg, and if they want to walk round in swimwear i ain't gonna complain :D
28. 2010-11-06 09:30  
Wow. It certainly take some guts to do a LGBT parade, especially in an Asian country. I salute them for their boldness. But there's part of me that agreed with #7.
29. 2010-11-06 09:50  
Go Taipei !... what a fantastic site :) Such a vibrant community.
Taipei will always have a place in my heart , Living there for a short time opened my eyes to such diversity, This is on example of that diversity .
Love its people, and culture. THE LGBT PARADE.... omg !
So proud of you Taiwan .
30. 2010-11-06 10:29  
Here's to the LGBT communities in those parts of the world that are still struggling for recognition and acceptance! Ignore the negative comments from the ignorant few. Be out and be proud!
31. 2010-11-06 10:36  
ไม่สนใจอ๊ะครับ..แต่ my destination is Taipei..!!! ( :
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33. 2010-11-06 10:50  
BRAVO! I am proud to see these photos and read this write up.
No matter where we are, we will stay united and move along!
34. 2010-11-06 10:53  
For all the people whose has been in the Taiwan´s parade THANK YOU. I am hoping the rest of Asian Countries and Cities do the same. I love Madrid Gay Pride and I wish that one day we have one similar here...in all the Asian Countries.
Going in underwear etc....don´t know if it is the right think or not but at least they will see us and they will heard us too (this i for people who don´t agree with the way the parade goes...) Guys you have all my support and respect.

35. 2010-11-06 11:14  
Wish to experience it next year.
36. 2010-11-06 11:26  
My personal opinion on some of these negative comments are, these people in the first place, could only associate these pictures with sex, lust or anything with negative connotation. How you view these pics very much represent how you view yourself, your life and your principles in life.
We ARE gay, we are different but no more different than the heterosexual community. I was at the Gay Pride and when these guys walked past me, I was very proud of them, proud of my own sexuality and they form only a small part of the parade. They don't represent the gay community.
If you are there, you will see and understand what they are parading for and what the fight is all about.

37. 2010-11-06 16:06  
#5 aztlan_oz : You're such a constant 'downer' !
Be different, be gay.
38. 2010-11-06 16:06  
#5 aztlan_oz : You're such a constant 'downer' !
Be different, be gay.
39. 2010-11-06 16:21  
40. 2010-11-06 16:23  
If instead of speedos they showed bikinis and luscious babes, it would be alright wouldn't it?
41. 2010-11-06 17:58  
I think that this event is very wonderful. Well done. Good luck.
42. 2010-11-06 20:17  
Looks like ChannelNewsAsia missed this story...shame on them!
43. 2010-11-06 20:37  
great parade wish I was there...lots and lots cute guys
44. 2010-11-06 20:56  
@#36. Well said! Thank you for posting
45. 2010-11-07 01:03  
oh so wonderful of taipel.hope one day i will be there.
46. 2010-11-07 01:03  
oh so wonderful of taipel.hope one day i will be there.
47. 2010-11-07 03:11  
#19 - agreed. #5 - while I would never have the guts to go down on main street in my bikini speedo, it's rollicking fun being out with a group of buddies "in costume" ... it's no different from a Halloween block party here in the Castro district in San Francisco. It's loads of fun -- for gays, straights and not-so-straights alike.
48. 2010-11-07 04:36  
#36 - Disagree. The purpose of the parade is to convince people. How else do you convince others, when you do not put yourself in others' shoes as well?

Fair enough, it's just a couple of guys dressed in speedos. But why is it that this image is being emulated in virtually every gay pride parade? Why don't we see it often during New Year, Christmas, or any other kinda parades? It's not as fun to do it in other parades? Shrug... But it's sending out the wrong message.

"Gays are ordinary folks" or "Gays are extraordinary folks"? Will you try to be accepted and integrated into the mainstream, or will put a wide berth between yourself and the majority and expect them to be nice enough to give in to you?
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50. 2010-11-07 05:15  
well im glad for asians in taipei its a start for gay rights in asia
im in Toronto Canada where gay rights and marriage are considered normal now after fighting so many years for that.
the same will happen in asia eventually but will maybe take a bit longer.
even with our equal status with straights here i sometimes think they could tone down the pride parades as a lot of gays are not really into the gay scene the older ones anyway, these pride events are not true representation of all gays but they are necessary to help fight for their rights in the beginning!
51. 2010-11-07 09:06  
I wouldn't hv the guts to march publicly like that so I admire their courage!
52. 2010-11-07 09:18  
All men can see this parade where we marched, however none can see is the heart out of which one nationality is evolved. Global citizen.
53. 2010-11-07 13:33  
Hi, Marconn, thanks for the compliment. What I've said is and will remain a personal thought. I've read about how the Pride and Mardi Gras had evolve over the years. To me, these guys parading down the streets in whatsever they are wearing are just trying to make a point. If we cannot even accept that these "deviations" in gay culture exist, I don't think we are ready to accept the gay culture in its totality.
Furthermore, the parade is just part of the fight, there are constant negotiations, talks, petitions that have been going on to fight for gay equality and gay rights.
So we should not just look at the pride parade as the only representation. Regardless we are going to parade in costume or not, this fight will constant be an uphill climb so why not show the world who we really are? Instead of trying to "Intergrate" into the so called mainstream?
54. 2010-11-07 14:11  
Pink dot in Singapore should be like this...
55. 2010-11-07 14:29  
I must say taiwanese guys in my experience are bloody awesome in bed lol
56. 2010-11-07 19:14  
aztlan_oz is such a queen... hag princess.... bimbo... attention seeker... she got what she wanted... so let her bytch and whine all the time... seriously folks the parade is like a social gathering.. doesn't have to be as dramatic as whatever that aztlan feels... she should get off her high donkey and look at things positively.. Dear taiwan, sorry about that hag.. and good job on the parade..
57. 2010-11-07 20:50  
58. 2010-11-07 20:51  
I don't understand why some people here are shooting down the parade just because some gay men decided to be comfortable. Being gay doesn't have to mean conforming to how society expects you to dress. The parade celebrates the diversity within the gay community. There are so many different shades to being gay and I think it's great that this parade shows us how similar some of them are to some of the people in our social circles.

I say good job, well done and let's continue fighting for our rights!
59. 2010-11-07 21:00  
attended the parade, was very fun and everyone were enjoying themselves there. The best part was when Amei performed on stage. Da Bing was so humorous. wonder if we will have it in singapore!
60. 2010-11-07 23:03  
Gay culture ? Is this the good way from us to show to the world we are different ? What heterosexual people think when they see peoples naked and walking with weird dress or underwear on the street. Insane ? Is it great culture ?? Do you think they will accept us ?? I believe straight people 99% is doesn't care with stupid parade we did.
61. 2010-11-08 00:13  
Yes it is extraordinary but more in a "clowning way" - making fun and making fool.
62. 2010-11-08 00:53  
It seems coooooooooool I've been Taipei once and loved it :) But I heard Taiwanese dun't like Koreans.. :'( why is that? I wish I hav hot Taiwanese bf.. hehe.
63. 2010-11-08 01:56  
it was a great parade with heavy political meaning and wide diversty of groups. i am still in Taiwan now KaoShiung. decent Taiwanese, please feel free to contact me.
64. 2010-11-08 04:26  
65. 2010-11-08 08:30  
I dont know what some of you are getting all flustered about a few guys in speedos at a gay pride parade. So what?
Not only is it their way of expressing freedom and sexuality, but since when has the parade been for others to judge the gay community on how they show their "pride". I thought these parades were for the gay community to get together and celebrate their freedom.

Guys in speedos can be seen everywhere, beaches, sports events, and here in Australia guys in swimwear parade in events such as raising awareness for surf life saving etc. Its not as if offends the general public.
Even politicians here are photographed in sporting events here in speedos.

why couldnt/wouldnt this expression of parading in speedos (sporting swimwear worn in the Olympics) not be interpreted by the general public as " oh, this group of gay people are swimmers, and divers and sportsmen like many of us !

Whats the problem ?

More guys in speedos on the streets, that what I reckon.

The wowsers should build a bridge.
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66. 2010-11-08 10:32  
i wish i will be a part of this kind of endeavor one day!
67. 2010-11-08 12:19  
well it's encouraging.
68. 2010-11-08 15:37  
When the straight girls and boys show their body in bikini or underwear at the public for march, adverts or beauty competition, most people think it’s quite normal, why it become abnormal when a small group of parade Speedo gay boys doing the same thing. Is it just because we are gay, then we have to behave ourselves all the time to please and prove to heterosexual community that we will do no harm and act normal ?

Those Speedo boys deserve our respect by showing their pride of being gay, not receiving critical judgement of showing their body. No matter you like it or not, at least they have contributed themselves to the parade and our community, and this is absolutely better than those who had done nothing but judge.

I assume the issue comes from one’s fear of being gay and have low self esteem, and think the heterosexual community is much superior than we are. That’s also the reason why some of us have very low tolerance to other gay and can’t get away from high standard discipline. Only when they truly accept themselves and proud to be gay, then they will realize what the meaning of the parade is.

I believe it won’t do any good to our right by just sitting quietly and pretending we are “normal”. So, brothers and sisters, let’s keep proudly walking for ourselves and our next generation.
69. 2010-11-08 15:49  
Bravo, well done!, kumsahumnidah, cia cia.
Equal rights and the quest for peaceful human rights for everyone is a heartfelt task worth much of our energy. Thanks Taiwan!!
70. 2010-11-08 23:03  
I hope that the organiser of HK's gay pride will succeed in raising sufficient fund to launch a pride parade in 2011. The more successful pride parades in the other 3 of the '4 small Asian dragons' is, the more reason there is for Singapore's government to liberalise on its LGBT policies. With Taipei's and Kaohsiung's successes with their respective gay pride parades, Taiwan's leadership position in Asia's LGBT activism is further affirmed. The gay leaders of other Asian cities could look up to Taiwan for much-needed inspirations, motivation and aspirations in walking their arduous journey.
71. 2010-11-09 10:59  
haha, cool !
72. 2010-11-09 11:24  
@ the complainers:
the parade is fun, as well as a shout to be heard. guys carry rainbow flags, representing the diversity in gay culture, and dress in costumes however they want. if you feel like showing how intellectual you are, then just put your nerd glasses on, wear a sweater and carry a thick Larousse, no one has an objection. and you shouldn't have an objection on the drag queens, guys in speedos or a penis sticked into a pumpkin on the bus going down the alley. yes it is annoying for some "conservative eyes" who are looking for excuses to curse gays, and yes, let it be. believe me, as long as you are gay it is not also welcomed if you just show how mainstream, good boy you are. those "exhibitionists" are representing the gay culture, not all of it but yes a part of it. at least they are doing something. if you want to represent another fragment, have the guts and join the parade. so stop whining like a grandma and be yourself, have fun.
it is the diversity celebrated there, so let it be more colorful. Go boys
73. 2010-11-10 22:57  
Kid : What is that Mom ?
Mom : Is a parade sweetie.
Kid : Why they are naked and wearing funny dress Mom ?
Mom : ................. ( think )
Is Halloween parade sweetie.
Kid : Cooool ! I want to joint and wearing my scary costume with them !!
Mom : ....................

74. 2010-11-11 07:52  
Should have this in S'pore too =)
75. 2010-11-11 08:16  
Kudos to all my friends in Taiwan, Gay and Lesbian I miss u all!
76. 2010-12-31 17:48  
Imagine the Jews in Europe in the 1930-40s. They are discriminated and try to speak up. Those in Germany spoke up and those in Switzerland spoke up. But those Jews in Germany will fail because Germany has been established by satan as the religious center for Nazism. Nazism spread from Germany across Europe but Switzerland is a place of refuge chosen by God for the remnant Jews, until the religious and demonic forces of Nazism has been destroyed in 1945.

Imagine the Chinese of the KMT party between in the 1945-55. They went for war against the communists. In the Mainland they painfully lost every battle. However, in Taiwan the situation turned around and they won. This is because the Beijing has been established by satan as the religious center for Maoism to steal, kill and destroy the Chinese. Maoism spread from Beijing across the entire Mainland but Taiwan is a place of refuge chosen by God for the remnant Chinese, until the religious and demonic forces of Maoism had been destroyed in 1976.

Similarly the homosexuals in this age (1980s to present) are discriminated and try to speak up. Those in Singapore spoke up and those in Taiwan spoke up. But those homosexuals in Singapore will fail because Singapore has been established by satan as the religious center for Evangelicalism and Coelism. Evangelicalism and Coelism will spread from Singapore across East Asia to steal, kill and destroy homosexuals (their dreams if not their bodies) but Taiwan is a place of refuge chosen by God for the remnant homos, until the religious and demonic forces of Evangelicalism and Coelism has been destroyed in ??

Just like a farmer who sows seed in the ground, whether or not he reaps a harvest will depend on the type of soil he sows and also the season. If the soil is hard and the season is winter, he will have a big and painful loss. But if the ground is fertile soil and it is rainy season, he will have a bountiful harvest and becomes rich.

Homosexuals, by now you will know where is the 'good' soil. There are places where you will encounter the most resistance and some places least resistance when you go for your dreams. Reserve your energy and attention and sow in that 'good' soil! Go into the place of refuge!

Yes, the evangelicals will still be there but it is highly likely that they will fail the battle, if the place is a true place of refuge for homosexuals. Do not sow in religious centers. You will definitely lose the battle.

Note: Evangelical pastors have been prophesying that Singapore will be the Antioch for Asia (i.e. religious center for Christian missions) since the 1990s. It has been 20 years by now and has come to pass. So let go of Singapore immediately!
77. 2011-02-24 21:19  
hi. when will is this year "Taipei gay pride parade" I planning to go there with my lover.

Anyone can tell me?

78. 2012-04-19 18:48  
To kel00 of commentary no 7. who made the following comment............""How can u ask for acceptance when you're walking around the streets in underwear and masks and running shoes?? Are they stupid?? How embarrassing for the rest of us... ㅡ.ㅡ''""
I noted that in your own personal profile you have photography of yourself that are semi-naked in nature. I have no issue with this, but your commentary and your personal behaviour seem at odds with one another!? Ironic, perhaps if I dare say even a touch hypocritical?
Beware of tossing stones, you may rip a big chunk out of your glass house you are living in. As an activist in my own country and as to the behaviour of the marchers that you have vilified, it takes a great degree of courage to do what they have done, in what is I am sure a traditionally conservative asian culture and society. Courage and resolve which I strongly suspect you do not posses?




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