Taiwan Pride 2016

In case you were wondering where most of the Hong Kong LGBT community was this weekend, it was probably in Taipei. Over 80,000 people diverged on a rainy Taipei this past Saturday for the city’s annual gay pride parade, one of the biggest gay pride parades in Asia. The theme of the parade was “fun together, honour diversity”, but all the talk at the parade about gay marriage, an issue that is starting to gain more momentum and may become a reality for the island country since the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) took control of the government with the last election.

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Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, is very open in her support of gay marriage. Even the night before the parade, the country’s Justice Minister, Chin Tai-san, assured marchers of the party’s position on same-sex marriage and equality. The party believes it has the momentum to push the same-sex marriage bill though that was drafted earlier this year. If Taiwan did pass gay marriage legislation, it would be the first country in Asia to do so.

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