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Gay rights supporters unfurl giant rainbow flag on National Day

Gay rights supporters unfurl giant rainbow flag on National Day

Taipei, Oct. 10 (CNA) Hundreds of gay rights supporters unfurled a giant rainbow flag in southern Taiwan's Tainan on Saturday to mark Taiwan's National Day in their own way. The 60-meter by 30-meter rainbow flag, which weighs 100 kilograms, was unfurled on a grassland in front of the Tainan City Hall to declare the ambitions of gays and lesbians to "govern the country," according to the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights, which organized the event. Hsu Hsiu-wen (???), head of the alliance, issued a declaration that called on gays and lesbians in Taiwan to vote and weigh in on the legislative elections next year. "I am a lesbian. I love my same-sex partner and we have promised to accompany and take care of each other. However, we cannot legally marry in this country - the island that I deeply love," said Hsu, a legislator-at-large candidate for the political alliance between Taiwan's Green Party and Social Democratic Party. As a lawyer, Hsu said, she is able to help her heterosexual clients fight for their rights in divorce cases, but is unable to give her own partner better legal protection. "Because of this, I have decided to run for office," Hsu said, calling on gay and lesbian voters to support her and other openly gay legislative candidates next year. The rainbow flag that was unfurled on Saturday was a gift to the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights by pop diva A-mei, a staunch supporter of same-sex marriage and other gay rights. It appeared in the singer's "Utopia" concerts earlier this year. In each of the concert, A-mei sang "Rainbow" to support the gay community, while the flag covered the entire audience on the first floor above their heads. Members of the alliance are currently on a 28-day tour around Taiwan to drum up support for a same-sex marriage bill. They reached Tainan on Saturday and the flag-unfurling event was one of the highlights of the tour. (By Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-28 09:13 GMT+08:00