By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – An estimated 80,000 supporters of lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender rights marched through the streets of Taipei City Saturday in one of Asia’s largest such events.
Taiwan has often been named as the East Asian country most likely to see the legalization of same-sex marriage, but most recent proposals are unlikely to be approved because of the approaching January 16 presidential and legislative elections. The proposals will have to be submitted again to the new Legislative Yuan once it starts work.
While Taipei has hosted gay parades for 13 years, Saturday’s Taiwan LGBT Pride Parade was particularly large due to its combination with other events. A gay film festival and a choral festival were also taking place, while earlier in the week saw 300 activists from around Asia and beyond attend the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association Asia Conference. [FULL STORY]