“I hope mainland China will legalize same-sex marriage very soon!”
“I am not against homosexuality or gay marriage at all, but I think the way they dressed is too exposed and provocative.”
— From Weibo (in Chinese)
On October 28, tens of thousands of people gathered in downtown Taipei to participate in the city’s annual gay pride parade, showing support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and calling for progress on the full legalization of same-sex marriage in Taiwan. The massive parade also drew attention and reactions (in Chinese) from mainland China.
According to Quartz, a record number of more than 100,000 people showed up for the event, which is the largest of its kind in Asia. The parade’s theme for this year was “Make love, not war — sex ed is the way to go,” in the hope that education about gender equality will be implemented more adequately in schools and in society.
Taiwan has some of the most progressive legislation on gay rights in Asia. The Saturday event marked the parade’s 15th anniversary, and was the first since Taiwan’s top court amended the region’s Civil Code in favor of gay marriage in May. While two years were given to the government to implement the decision, little progress has been made since then in changing the marriage laws to allow gay couples to register their partnership.
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