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Taipei transgender rights march set for October

Taiwan Tongzhi (LGBTQ+) Hotline Association says march supports 'lonely minority'

Supporters participate in the 2022 Taiwan Trans March. (CNA photo)

Supporters participate in the 2022 Taiwan Trans March. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's fifth annual march in support of transgender rights will be held in Taipei on Oct. 27.

The event organizer, Taiwan Tongzhi (LGBTQ+) Hotline Association, said the march will take place at 6:30 p.m. on a Friday evening at Ximending’s Red House. "Gender based on physical differences at birth requires all of us to abide by a set of norms in appearance, speech and behavior, but not everyone can adapt to this classification" the group said.

"In addition to inviting friends who are transgender and support transgender issues, we also want to invite people who have felt uncomfortable in life because of frameworks of gender bianries, and all people who want to feel free to be themselves," the group said.

In the run up to 2022's march, the association said that people who identify as transgender face a multitude of difficulties, from accessing healthcare to unfriendly workplace environments. “What many transgender people want is simply an ordinary life in which they can go by their days at ease without worrying about their identity,” the association said.

The association said that despite the difficulties transgender people face, public attitudes are slowly changing. “Males and females no longer have to fulfill certain stereotypes to be truly males and females,” it said.

The march will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end before 9 p.m. More details are available on the association’s social media.