Special Update on Taiwan LGBT Pride Parade
Saturday 29 October, Taipei
Taiwan, as the most progressive country in Asia, held the largest Pride in Asia on the last Saturday of October. As a dedicated and committed straight LGBT+ ally, I decided to fly to Taipei to join the Pride Parade.
This year almost 80,000 people joined the Parade - not just from countries in Asia such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Korea, but also from the US, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden and Norway - some flying halfway around the world to participate in this annual parade.
Numerous organisations joined this parade including our Community Business DIAN members, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citi, Goldman Sachs, Google, and J.P. Morgan. I also came across other friends and partners from Hong Kong.
The theme of the parade was ‘fun together, honour diversity’ and the parade took place from 2.30 pm until quite late. Although there were some rainshowers during the day, it did not put off the participants from celebrating love and diversity.
It was encouraging to see people with different sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions and intersex status joining the parade. I hope to see the same vibrant atmosphere and visibility from different organisations in Hong Kong Pride Parade on 26 November.