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50,000 March At Taiwan Gay Rights Parade

In Taipei, according to WashPo:

Thousands of gay rights supporters have marched through Taiwan’s capital, calling for increased tolerance and the enactment of anti-discrimination legislation.

The Saturday event is the ninth annual gay rights parade in Taipei, which has one of Asia’s most vibrant gay communities.

The parade has attracted gays from around the world, with many marchers dressing up as prom queens, zombies or sumo wrestlers.

The AFP says as many as 50,000 marchers marched:

"We have an even bigger crowd this year particularly after a number of incidents showing that discrimination against the gay community is still serious," said organiser Hiro Liu.

Among them was a much-publicised medical dispute involving five patients receiving organs from an HIV positive donor, who was homosexual, due to a hospital's mistake.

The incident led to some suggestions that homosexuals should be banned from donating blood and organs, which drew heated criticism from gay rights groups.

Gay groups were also offended when a senior politician demanded opposition presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen to disclose her sexual orientation, as it will "affect her judgment call as a president," he said.

Presidential Candidate In Taiwan Refuses To Answer Gay Question

The female chair of the Democratic Progressive Party in Taiwan, Tsai Ing-Wen, who is running for the presidency in that country is garnering attention for her refusal to answer a question about her sexuality. AFP reports:

"I don't want to answer his question and I most certainly won't do it. If I answer him I will become an accomplice of sexual suppression," said Tsai Ing-Wen, chairwoman of the main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

TsaiTsai, who is 54 and single, had been asked about her sexuality by a former chairman of the party, Shih Ming-teh.
"There is nothing wrong with any sexual orientation or marital status and no one has the right to question others ... We need to work harder to defend the human rights of all sexual minority groups," she said in a statement.

Shih had drawn criticism from gay and women's rights groups for asking Tsai about her sexuality. "A presidential candidate has to talk about his or her sexual orientation, which will affect his or her judgement call as a president," Shih said in footage aired by local television. "If she really is a homosexual and she is willing to speak it aloud, Taiwan's international status will be higher," he said.

Polls show that Tsai is slightly behind her opponent in approval ratings.

News: Halloween, Domestic Violence, Glenn Burke, Ricky Martin

 road Ricky Martin shifts into PR gear for his new book which hits shelves later this week. On Wednesday morning he'll make an appearance on The View but, most notably, his interview with Oprah Winfrey will air the day before.

Gaga  road Lady Gaga dresses up as a little monster for Halloween.

 road Celebrities get in the Halloween spirit.

 road Stephen Fry claims to know straight women: "I feel sorry for straight men. The only reason women will have sex with them is that sex is the price they are willing to pay for a relationship with a man, which is what they want. Of course, a lot of women will deny this and say, 'Oh no, but I love sex, I love it!' But do they go around having it the way that gay men do?"

 road Julianne Moore on gay parents: "I really think a two-parent family is the goal. I think whether they are men or women, or a man and a woman it's all pretty good."

 road Hate crime: wig snatched off of Fargo drag performer JustNtyme's head after assailant calls him a "faggot."

 road Courage Campaign mounts drive against Texas television station for its homophobic newscast about marriage equality.

 road 1,000 protest gay pride in Moscow.

Volc  road Amazing photos of Mount Merapi erupting yesterday in Indonesia.

 road 30,000 people in Taiwan celebrate gay pride.

 road Is this really a time traveller walking in front of Grauman’s Chinese theater during the premiere of the Charlie Chaplin movie, “The Circus?”

 road Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer's movie night.

 road The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs releases report on LGBT domestic partner violence in the United States: "The report found that LGBTQ domestic/intimate partner violence reports rose 15% since 2008 and is a pervasive social problem at a time when LGBTQ-specific programs were losing staff or closing altogether due to the economic crisis. In 2009, NCAVP documented 6 murders related to LGBTQ domestic/intimate partner violence, representing a 50% rise since 2007."

 road Watch the trailer for Out: The Glenn Burke Story, a documentary about the first openly gay MLB player.

 road Zach Galifianakis smoked during a live taping of Real Time with Bill Maher - and I don't mean a cigarette.

Watch: U.S. Islamophobia Animated by Taiwan News


Taiwan's Next Media Animation has unleashed its latest news segment, this one summing up the anti-Muslim sentiment stirred up by the drummed-up controversy over the Park51 development.

Not only does it include Greg Gutfeld's proposal for a gay bar at Ground Zero, it takes you to the Oval Office where Obama is secretly practicing Islam, and paints a quick picture of the anti-Muslim hate crime taxi assault.

It's not quite sure where NYC is on the map, however.


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Watch: Genius Sarah Palin Animated News Segment from Taiwan


Taiwan's NMA News showcases Sarah Palin's presidential ambitions, her beauty queen past, her moose-hunting habits, and her use of "refudiate" in a new animated news segment. It also features Levi (shirtless, of course).

Somebody needs to make this into a video game.


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Taiwanese Protest Homophobic Memo

Taiwan Taipei's Ministry of Education City recently distributed a letter to its high schools recently distributed a ridiculous memo, influenced by the city's Council Civil Affairs Committee (CAC), "banning homosexual student activities in school." About 100 protesters gathered outside the Taipei City Government building to demonstrate the inequality. The China Post reports:

"There was a suggestion by the CAC that the Taipei City government should gather relevant departments to discuss how to 'avoid high school student groups from leading students into homosexual activities,' so that students can develop 'naturally.' The suggestion did not pass in the committee, however, basing on the suggestion, MOE sent memos to high schools advising to ban homosexual activities in schools."


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