Taipei Mayor Raises Gay Flag Over City Hall

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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]

Comments

  1. Andrew says

    “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.

  2. Jack says

    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.

  3. says

    “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.

  4. WTF says

    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.

  5. Andrew says

    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.

  6. David says

    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.