Taiwan organizes LGBT parade ‘for the world’

Taiwan has already hosted one of the few gay pride marches in the world, at a time when most countries canceled them because of the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 200 people packed Liberty Square in Taipei, saying they were “marching around the world” during the LGBT pride season.

Organizer Darien Chen said it was an honor to march when nearly 500 other events around the world were canceled.

Last year, Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage.

Members of the LGBT community join a march to celebrate the pride month at the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, 28 June 2020
Source: BBC

The island normally performs its pride parade in October, but anticipated this year’s event to replace the hundreds of canceled marches around the world.

Taiwan registered just over 440 coronavirus infections and just seven deaths. He hasn’t seen any local broadcasts in over two months.

Members of the LGBT community join a march to celebrate the pride month at the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, 28 June 2020
Source: BBC

Chen said the LGBT community in Taiwan wants to mark the 50th anniversary of the first pride march in the United States.

“The whole world is facing the height of the pandemic,” he said. “Therefore, Taiwan will not give in. And we must continue with this flame of hope and defend the world.”

Members of the LGBT community join a march to celebrate the pride month at the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, 28 June 2020
Source: BBC

Cookie, a French dredging artist who has lived in Taiwan for six years, told AFP news agency: “I’m here to march through France.

“Since the rest of the world cannot march or leave, we have an opportunity to march for the rest of the world.”

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