82,000 Join Taiwan LGBT Pride Parade; Justice Minister Calls For Marriage Equality

Over 80,000 people on Saturday marched in Taiwan’s largest LGBT Pride parade.

According to The China Post, attendance at Taipei’s 14th annual parade increased from 78,000 last year to 82,000 this year.

Marchers dressed in colorful costumes and waived rainbow flags as they paraded in front of Taiwan’s presidential palace. One marcher waved a sign which read, “ Homosexuality won’t destroy the world, ignorance will.”

The theme this year was “fun together, honor diversity,” but many participants had rights on their minds.

“The call for marriage equality feels stronger than last year,” Connie Chiang told the AFP. “We hope same-sex marriage can be realized as soon as possible so our child can have two legal moms.”

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which took power in May, is expected to back a same-sex marriage bill.

On Friday, Justice Minister Chin Tai-san said that the government had a clear position on the issue and that it backed equality, The Telegraph reported.

If approved, Taiwan would become the first Asian country to extend marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples.

by On Top Magazine Staff
Source – On Top Magazine