Huge crowd turns out for LGBT march in Taiwan

Huge crowd turns out for LGBT march in Taiwan
Participants march through a street during a pride parade in Taipei, Taiwan (Chiang Ying-ying/AP)

A huge and festive crowd marched in Taiwan’s capital on Saturday in the annual LGBT Pride event.

Turnout was down from last year, but organisers said it still topped 100,000 on a mostly sunny day in Taipei.

Participants march through a street during the Pride parade in Taipei (Chiang Ying-ying/AP)

Many participants did not wear protective masks, but others did, some in rainbow colours.

While many Pride events elsewhere moved online this year because of Covid-19, Taiwan has largely kept the pandemic at bay.

The self-governing island of 24 million people has recorded 555 cases of coronavirus and has not had a locally spread case in more than 200 days.

Many participants did not wear protective masks (Chiang Ying-ying/AP)

“While the rest of the world is stuck in the pandemic, we can still organise such a massive event,” said Zoe Tsao, who works in digital marketing. “This, I think, is great and very precious.”

However, international travel restrictions did reduce the number of participants coming from abroad this year.

Taiwan became the first and only place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage last year.

Lesbian couple Yi Wang and Yumi Meng tied the know during a military mass wedding ceremony in Taoyuan city, northern Taiwan (Chiang Ying-ying/AP)

Two lesbian couples tied the knot in a mass wedding held by Taiwan’s military on Friday.

The mass wedding with 188 couples was the first time same-sex couples have been wed and celebrated at a military ceremony.

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