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Taipei Mayor Raises Gay Flag Over City Hall


Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou raised a rainbow flag over City Hall on Sunday for the first time. This is the gayest motion by a public official in that country since the President of Taiwan, Chen shui-bian, compared U.S.-Taiwan relations to Brokeback Mountain.

TaipeiThe flag was given to Ma by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. At Sunday's ceremony, Ma said: "Tolerance is a necessary virtue for any world-class city. Homosexuality is a natural phenomenon that cannot be suppressed away nor spread beyond its natural bounds. Gay rights are a part of human rights. We want Taipei to be a multifaceted city filled with love, peace and tolerance."

And in a move sure to both further piss off China and prove to the world that in taking on the social traditions across the Pacific, their stereotypical nuances will not be left behind, "the crowds danced, waving rainbow-colored pompoms in a routine set to 'Go West' by the Village People."

All kidding aside, we applaud Ma's actions and wish Taiwan a very gay Pride.

Ma Attends Gay Rights Event [taipei times]

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  1. "the crowds danced, waving rainbow-colored pompoms in a routine set to 'Go West' by the Village People."

    ...and I say why not. Shake those pompoms girls.

    Posted by: Andrew | Sep 19, 2006 12:12:08 PM

  2. They look really happy. It's great that they are becoming more accepting and understanding. It could influence other countries in the region down the road. Props to both mayors.

    Posted by: Jack | Sep 19, 2006 12:34:31 PM

  3. Feckin' Brilliant!

    Posted by: Crixi Van Cheek | Sep 19, 2006 12:35:34 PM

  4. Fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Slow but steady we go....

    Posted by: brian | Sep 19, 2006 12:48:46 PM

  5. um, "Go West," - Pet Shop Boys, no?

    Posted by: MyDogBen | Sep 19, 2006 9:54:05 PM

  6. "prove to the world that in taking on the social traditions across the Pacific"

    I take slight offense to this line. Homosexuality was quite acceptable in imperial Chinese society up until the 18th century -- when Jesuit missionaries started spreading Christianity in China. It was really the social traditions of the European West that initiated sexual regression in East Asia.

    Posted by: Bent Yellow Boy | Sep 20, 2006 1:31:32 AM

  7. Bent Yellow Boy is right. The East wasn't that uptight with homosexuality (as attested by a lot historical books) until the west came into the picture.

    Posted by: WTF | Sep 20, 2006 4:41:14 AM

  8. Bent Yellow Boy-

    I did not know that, and I apologize. Very interesting to know however. It does make complete sense. I look forward to learning more. Unfortunately I was taught mostly European history and very little Asian history.

    Posted by: Andrew | Sep 20, 2006 6:10:54 AM

  9. And the pride parade in Taipei is coming up on 30th Sep... :)

    Posted by: Bryan | Sep 24, 2006 2:13:08 PM

  10. VEry Cool 3 cheers for Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou

    SAn Jose

    Posted by: DonPato | Sep 24, 2006 5:10:23 PM

  11. Andy and anyone else interested in learning more about homosexuality in traditional Chinese culture, a good place to start would be Brett Hinsch's book Passions of the Cut Sleeve. There are some inaccuracies in it, but it's the best intro to the subject I've seen.

    Posted by: David | Sep 24, 2006 9:58:56 PM

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