Thousands march in Taichung's LGBTQIA Pride Parade

The fifth annual LGBTQIA Pride Parade drew thousands on Saturday in the central Taiwanese city.

Taichung LGBTQIA Pride Parade held on Saturday.

Taichung LGBTQIA Pride Parade held on Saturday. (By Central News Agency)

Taipei -- Thousands of people attended the Taichung LGBTQIA Pride Parade on Saturday, waving rainbow flags in support of LGBTQIA rights in the central Taiwanese city.

The Taichung LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Transsexual, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual/Allies) Pride Parade, now in its fifth year, began at the Taichung People's Park.

Led by a giant rainbow flag, parade participants marched along Gongyi Road, Yingcai Road, Xiangshang Road and Zhongming South Road before returning to Gongyi Road and the Taichung People's Park, where gender group representatives gave speeches and artists performed.

The event's convener, Hsu Erh-kai (徐爾凱), said the parade focused on issues concerning gays and lesbians in the past, but it hoped this year to elicit more discussion on issues concerning transgender, bisexual, asexual and pansexual people, as well as people of other sexual orientations.

The main visual of the parade is composed of images of different animals, such as that of a leopard, giraffe and alligator, to symbolize the diversity of sexual orientations.