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Participants at gay parade call for same-sex marriage rights

Participants at gay parade call for same-sex marriage rights

Taipei, Oct.27(CNA) Over 50,000 people from home and abroad on Saturday called for same-sex marriage rights in Taiwan at a Taipei parade that recorded its highest number of participants since the annual parade was first held in 2003. The 10th Taiwan LGBT Pride Parade was the largest of its kind in Asia, attracting more than 3,000 foreign participants from 23 countries this year, said the organizer, Taiwan LGBT Pride, which every year decides a theme that touches on issues of importance to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The main appeal this year was the legalization of same-sex marriages. Eleven countries across the world have legalized same-sex marriage, but Taiwan, which claims to support human rights in the country, has failed to grant marriage rights for lesbian and gay couples, the organizer said. "All citizens, regardless of their sexual orientations, have the right to vote, so the country has no reason to deny same-sex marriage," the organizer said. It explained that the parade this year aims to raise the public's awareness of gay people's human rights as well as their marriage rights, an important step before society treats same-sex relationships equally. People participating in the parade gathered at 1 p.m. on Ketagalan Boulevard and were divided into two groups. Both groups set off from Ketagalan Boulevard, with one heading north and the other heading south, before regrouping on the boulevard at the end of their routes. Several local and foreign musicians and entertainers performed at the event to support the appeal. Gigi Leung, a Hong Kong-born singer, said that love transcends sexual orientation and people should have the right to enjoy happiness. (By Zoe Wei and Nell Shen)


Updated : 2021-08-06 07:07 GMT+08:00