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Taiwan holds largest Pride parade since coronavirus outbreak

Rachel Badham November 1, 2020

Taiwan, East Asia, saw over 130,000 celebrate on the streets of the capital, Taipei, in the largest LGBTQ+ Pride parade since the coronavirus pandemic began. According to local news source Nikkei Asia, the island combatted the Covid-19 crisis through strict travel restrictions and contact tracing, and has now gone over 200 days without a local transmission of the virus. The island also avoided any major restrictions on daily life and many were seen wearing rainbow face masks at the parade in celebration of LGBTQ+ equality and the country’s handling of the pandemic.

Taiwan is also renowned as being one of the leading Asian countries for LGBTQ+ rights after it was the first to legalise same-sex marriage last year. Over 4,000 LGBTQ+ couples have wed since then. Jennifer Lu, director of the Taiwan Equality Campaign, thanked the government for its efficient Covid-19 response, saying: “It is because of them we can have this parade”, and adding “I am very proud of our people, of our civil society.”

The day also saw the first two same-sex military weddings in Taiwan in another historic celebration of LGBTQ+ equality. Openly lesbian Chen Ying-hsuan, 27, an army lieutenant who married Li Li-chen, said: “We are hoping that more LGBTQ+ people in the military can bravely stand up, because our military is very open-minded. In matters of love, everyone will be treated equally.”