Taiwan hosted it’s biggest LGBT Pride Parade ever on Saturday, October 29th. Over 30,000 visitors from countries all over Asia came out to show their support for Taiwan’s ninth annual LGBT parade.
The event, which was started in 2001, drew a couple of hundred people during its first year. Back then, there was only one LGBT parade in Taiwan. This year, parades took place in Taipei, Taichung, Kaoshiung and Hualien.
Homosexuality is legal in Taiwan and it has been illegal to discriminate against sexual orientation since 2007. Nevertheless, a strong social taboo still exists, and a number of parade-goers still wear masks.
Here are some of my favorite images from the day:
For more of my images from that day, and for images from previous Pride Parades in Taipei, please visit my LGBT Pride Parade Taipei Flickr set. (That’s me snapping furiously away under the Pride flag at the beginning of the event.)