The 14th Taiwan LGBT Pride parade took place on Oct 29. The theme of this year's parade is "Honor Diversity , like you mean it", meaning say no to Fake Friendliness that is true prejudice. The aim of the event was to promote awareness and support for marriage equality for all. Over 80,000 people attended the parade. Rainbow flag was raised at the Taipei City Government building, and President Tsai Ing-wen also posted a message on her Facebook page, supporting the LGBT community.
With giant rainbow flags leading the parade, huge crowds of people from both Taiwan and abroad marched to the Ketagalan Boulevard at the 14th Taiwan LGBT Pride parade. Attendees held placards with gender equality messages. Some dressed up in cosplay. Political parties also voiced their support. However, for many in the LGBT community, discrimination is still very much present under the guise of gender friendliness.
I have seen many people who said "I don't reject gay people, but I don't want them to come near me." People might also say they think being gay is fine, but they don't want to see gay couples kissing in public.
Some parents may say they accept gay people but still think they prefer their son to like girls.
If you are openly gay, people may say they're ok with it, but you will often encounter obstacles in the workplace.
The theme of this year's Taiwan LGBT Pride parade is "Say No to Fake Friendliness". The LGBT community wants to achieve marriage equality by legalizing same-sex marriage.
==CHIEN TSU-CHIEH, Sec-Gen. Taiwan Alliance. to Promote Civil Partnership. Rights==
The Ministry of Justice's policy position remains the same. They still propose a separate same-sex civil partnership. We think that this is fake friendliness because this means the LGBT community cannot enjoy the same marriage equality. We hope the Ministry of Justice can present their official response to the marriage equality bill currently under review in the legislature. The Justice Ministry should proposes their marriage equality bill to be passed by the end of the year.
Taiwan LGBT Pride parade has been celebrated for over a decade. The number of participants grew from a mere hundreds to 78,000 last year. This year, the organizer expected to see over 80,000 people. They hope this annual event can raise awareness for diversity and help the society learn to recognize and embrace differences. Tsai Ing-wen also voiced her support as the president of Taiwan on her Facebook page for the first time and urged legislators to do the right thing and support marriage equality.
TRANSLATED BY：CHRISTINA LIU
記者 朱芷儀 吳嘉堡 台北報導