A South Korean writer and photographer interested in social issues, culture, and diaspora stories. In 2020, Minsik won the Oh Janghwan Literary Award for his poetry, with his writing being recognized for highlighting various injustices. He combines creative mediums to create visual and poetic content that share stories from marginalized voices.
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Taiwan’s 2023 Pride Parade brought together a staggering 180,000 individuals in Taipei last Saturday, where people of different nationalities came to celebrate this symbolic event in Asia.
In a display of unity and celebration, Taiwan’s 2023 Pride Parade brought together a staggering 180,000 individuals in Taipei last Saturday. Renowned as the largest Pride event in Asia, it continues to draw crowds from across the continent, with Asian tourists converging on Taipei to partake in the LGBT celebrations.
Taiwan, having made history as the first and only country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, stands as a beacon of hope and progress for the LGBTQ+ community. Its stance has not only inspired those within its borders but also across Asia, as thousands of tourists come to take part in Taiwan's PRIDE parade.
Beyond Taiwan’s borders, 2023 has seen stringent laws suppress LGBTQ+ rights in Southeast Asia. In Malaysia, bans on rainbow watches were brought in during Pride month and Indonesia’s restriction on unmarried couples cohabiting have raised concerns about the broader struggle for equality in the region. Despite the progress made, these events remind us of the ongoing fight for LGBTQ+ rights and acceptance throughout Asia.