LGBT Pride Parade Taipei 2011

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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.

LGBT Pride Parade Taipei 2011
LGBT Pride Parade Taipei 2011

Here are some of my favorite images from the day:

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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.)

Carrie Kellenberger at LGBT Pride Parade 2011

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Post Author: Carrie Kellenberger

I'm a chronically ill Canadian expat who has been living abroad in Asia since 2003. I moved from China to Taiwan in 2006. My husband and I have owned our own business in Taiwan since 2012. In addition to my own work, I've been writing professionally about Asia, travel and health advocacy since 2007, providing regular content to several publishing companies and travel publications in Asia and North America. Follow Carrie on on Twitter @globetrotteri or on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/carriekellenberger/.

3 thoughts on “LGBT Pride Parade Taipei 2011

    JoAnna

    (November 7, 2011 - 4:15 pm)

    Great photos! I don’t know how that guy in the third photo from the bottom is standing up in those shoes. I could never do it!

      Carrie

      (November 8, 2011 - 4:26 am)

      JoAnna,

      I know! Aren’t those shoes crazy? He was the first person I saw at the parade and my legs started aching in protest when I saw his shoes.

    Mica

    (November 7, 2011 - 5:57 pm)

    This looks so fierce! I love it!

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