Taiwan was announced as the host of WorldPride 2025 back in 2021. But, in recent days, organisers said they have cancelled the event after InterPride, which licenses WorldPride insisted the festival be renamed WorldPride Kaohsiung 2025.
WorldPride is one of the largest LGBTQ Pride events in the world, with hundreds of thousands attending.
Taiwanese organisers had used the WorldPride Taiwan 2025 name throughout the bidding process. InterPride followed suit when it announced that Taiwan had beat Washington DC to host the event.
It's not clear why InterPride suddenly insisted on a name-change, although it's likely that there are political considerations involved - tensions surrounding the international status of Taiwan have escalated in recent months.
Taiwan has been self-governed since 1949, but Beijing views it as part of China. The UN does not recognise Taiwan as an independent country. Thirteen countries recognise Taiwan as a country.
What's life like for LGBTQ people in Taiwan?
In terms of LGBTQ equality, Taiwan has been seen as one of the most progressive countries in Asia. Taiwan Pride attracts huge crowds, and a 2017 ruling by the country’s Constitutional Court set Taiwan firmly on the path towards marriage equality.
However, in a referendum held in November 2018, aspirations for marriage equality took a backward step, the most voters supporting a definition of marriage that restricts it to being a union between a man and a woman.
In its 2017 ruling, the Constitutional Court gave Taiwan’s parliament a maximum of two years to amend or enact laws so that same-sex marriage was legally recognised. According to the court ruling, if the Parliament failed to do so by 24 May 2019, same-sex marriage will automatically become legal.
The good news is that Taiwan’s parliament bit the bullet and enacted the legislation required to make marriage equality the law of the land.
Taiwan’s LGBTQ Pride celebrations are held on the last Saturday every October. It’s believed to be the largest gay pride event in East Asia.