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Pride March held in Taiwan inside Taipei's Liberty Square to celebrate the pride month.
Taiwan Celebrates Pride Month After Being Freed From Coronavirus
New Delhi: The end of pride month doesn't mean the end of its celebration. Recently, Taiwan celebrated Pride Month. Hundreds of people marched Taipei's Liberty Square with their faces painted in the pride rainbow. Many of those also wore rainbow-coloured masks and celebrated with music on a rather high volume in the streets.
Many of those also held placards on behalf of their friends and family who were not able to attend any pride march across the globe due to coronavirus. Unlike Taiwan, many states and countries were not able to celebrate the pride month due to this global pandemic.
Taiwanese capital Taipei hosted the world's only in-person Pride parade yesterday! 🌈 pic.twitter.com/APqxkpDLgW— Affinity Magazine (@TheAffinityMag) June 29, 2020
"I'm here to march for France," Cookie, a French drag queen who has been living in Taiwan for the past six years told AFP. "Since the rest of the world cannot march or even go out, we have the opportunity to march for the rest of the world," he added.
This year is observed as the 50th anniversary of the very first pride march held in New York City, a year after the Stonewall riots which took place at a pride march between the LGBTQ+ community and the police.
Taiwan was one of the first places to be affected by coronavirus as soon as it started spreading from Central China. Taiwan has now been in better condition for the last five months. The island has reported only 440 infectious cases and only seven deaths, including two months of no local transmission.
Taiwan usually celebrates its Pride month in October but much LGBTQ+ community felt that it is important to celebrate the bride during the international Pride month.
Taipei is hosting the world's only Pride parade today. Today's gathering is small, but spirited. pic.twitter.com/7KUWy54h3c— Chris Horton 何貴森 (@heguisen) June 28, 2020
Knowing that over 475 pride events around the world have been canceled broke my heart," event organizer Darien Chen told AFP. "I feel it is an honor and a responsibility for Taiwan to be commemorating this very important occasion."
The city of Taiwan is famous for its support for the LGBTQ+ community whereas, still many states and countries across the globe are against them and to date have political debates over the topic.
Taiwan has also had one Asia's largest pride march and has the world's first transgender cabinet minister while Taipei is currently bidding to host the 2026 Gay Games. Taiwan was the very first one in all over Asia to legalize same-sex marriage.
More than 3,600 couples have wed since then although campaigning continues for greater transgender inclusion and the right for Taiwanese people to have same-sex marriages with foreigners, something that currently remains illegal.