COMING OUT: From 500 revelers six years ago, the Taipei LGBT Pride Parade drew an estimated 25,000 participants this year, the largest such parade in Asia By Vincent Y. chao STAFF REPORTER, WITH CNA Sunday, Nov 01, 2009, Page 2
|PHOTO: WANG MIN-WEI, TAIPEI TIMES|
Rainbow flags covered downtown Taipei yesterday afternoon as thousands of participants in this year’s Taiwan Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Parade took to the streets, calling on the government to better protect gay rights.
During the parade, songs from romantic and pop genres clashed with heavy metal and trance music. Slogans were shouted by dozens of different organizations. Spectators shouted encouragement. Others just stood, endlessly clicking away on their cameras. Now in its seventh year, the Taiwan LGBT Pride has grown from a humble gathering of 500 participants in 2003 to become the largest annual LGBT parade in Asia. Organizers estimated that there were more than 25,000 participants this year, 5,000 more than they had originally expected.....