A rainbow-colored flag was flying above Taipei City Hall for the first time, on the day of the 2016 Taipei Pride Parade, October 29.
A small flag-raising ceremony is usually held at 6:30 AM at the municipal building and the flags are lowered near sunset at 6 PM.
Department of Civil Affairs Commissioner Lan Shih-tsung said that the Taipei City Council passed the measure in June to raise the rainbow flag that will fly with the flags of the ROC and Taipei City above the city hall on the day of the parade to “show its respect for diversity.”
Lan admitted that the city government did receive a high number of complaints against the action from the 1999 Citizen Hotline after the decision was made known to the public.
Taipei City’s Police Department said the parade will kick off at 2:30 PM and participants will eventually come back to Ketagalan Boulevard at 4:00 PM to join the parade’s main event and performances. The event is slated to end at 6:30 PM.
The act of flying a rainbow flag at the local level is not the first of its kind in Taiwan. The Taichung City Government raised the flags above the city hall and other government buildings same time last year in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.
According to Chinese-language United Daily News, Taichung City Mayor Lin Chia-lung said recently that the city government will continue the act and fly the flag for a week prior to this year’s local Pride Parade slated for December 17 in Taichung.
Taichung's Information Bureau Director-General Cho Kuan-ting noted that a majority of Taichung citizens support the move and the government is pleased to listen to different voices while continuing to work together with citizens to create a fairer society.