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Thousands Attend Gay Rights Parade in Taipei

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LGBT folks in Taipei, Taiwan, held their sixth gay parade over the weekend.

Taipei2Australia's The Age reports: "Braving showers on Saturday brought on by Typhoon Jangmi, an estimated 18,000 people - including representatives from gay rights groups in foreign countries - marched through the main streets of Taipei. The marchers displayed a 90-by-4.5-metre rainbow flag - the symbol of the gay rights movement - and waved placards to call for equal rights for gay people. Wang Ping, organiser of the march, which is in its ninth year, said the turn-out was bigger than 2007. 'Last year there were about 15,000. Today there were about 18,000, and I saw some very young people taking part,' she said. 'This shows that more and more homosexuals are daring to stand out and be themselves. But we hope this 'dare to be oneself' can turn into participation in the gay rights movements,' she said."

Last year's parade drew approximately 7,000 people according to reports. In 2006, Taipei's mayor Ma Ying-jeou raised a rainbow flag over city hall for the first time, declaring, "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."

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  1. Great for Taiwan and good for us all! It's awesome to see the rainbow fly its many splendid colors.

    Posted by: giovanni | Sep 29, 2008 10:44:51 AM


  2. I was there this year and it was, indeed, bigger than previous years. I still remember ten years ago when it was just a couple hundred people with face masks on. I hear it's now one of the biggest in Asia -- if not the biggest!

    Posted by: Taiwandroo | Sep 29, 2008 12:22:25 PM


  3. This is so awesome!

    Posted by: Dawnell_do | Sep 30, 2008 5:12:49 AM


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