Taiwanese LGBT Group Shines in New York

Taiwanese LGBT Group Shines in New York
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Renting their own float, a group of Taiwanese students in the Big Apple invited the world to visit Taiwan to experience the largest gay pride parade in Asia.

A group of Taiwanese students in New York proudly put Taiwan’s tolerance on display at the weekend with their own float at the city’s annual LGBT parade.

According to Apple Daily, a total of 480 LGBT groups participated in Sunday’s parade along Fifth Avenue, drawing an estimated 32,000 participants and reinforced security following the deadly shooting at a gay night club in Orlando earlier this month. Accompanied by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo, Hillary Clinton, the likely Democrat presidential nominee, also participated in the march.

And Taiwan was there, too. To the beat of music by Taiwanese pop artists Jolin Tsai (蔡依林) and A-Mei (張惠妹), two vocal supporters of LGBT rights in Taiwan, the Friends of Taiwanese Queers float — rented by Taiwanese students — also featured large signs saying “From Taiwan” and “See Asia’s biggest gay pride parade.”

The 14th Taiwan LGBT Pride Parade will be held in Taipei on Oct. 29. Last year, approximately 80,000 people from all over the world — including delegations from China and large contingents from Japan — took part in the annual event, the largest in the region. The Democratic Progressive Party, then in opposition, turned up in force during the event to advertise its support for same-sex marriage.

After years of leading efforts in the legislature, the DPP, which now controls the executive and legislative branches of government following the January elections, could make Taiwan the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex unions. According to opinion polls, a majority of Taiwanese support amending the Civil Code to permit gay marriage, with another 25% having no opinion on the matter. About 25% are opposed. Christian-led organizations, some with ties to ultraconservative Evangelical groups in the U.S., have spearheaded the campaign to block passage of the amendments.

Edited By Olivia Yang


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