October 20, 2003
TAIPEI — Taiwan homosexuals plan to hold the first Gay Pride Parade on
November 1, a gay rights organization said on Friday.
More than 1,000 gays and lesbians from two dozen gay groups plan
to take part in the parade in Taipei.
"It will not be a protest, but a symbol of saying good bye to
the old days when gays had to live in the shadow of the society,"
Wu Hsu- liang, spokesman for the Taipei Gay & Lesbian Hotline
Association, told a news conference.
Wu said there have been gay pride parades in Japan and Thailand,
but not in Taiwan, even though the Taipei City Government has held
four Gay Carnivals.
The paraders, holding gay rainbow flags, will march from the
Taipei February 28 Park - nicknamed the gay park - to Hsimenting,
the commercial centre of Taipei.
"There will be a light atmosphere with songs and dance," Wu
The Taipei Gay & Lesbian Hotline Organization has invited gay
groups from Asian countries to participate in the Taipei Gay Pride
In recent years, Taiwan has shown greater acceptance of gays.
Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian recently said that Taiwan plans to
legalize marriage between homosexuals as part of its plan to
improve its human rights record. –Sapa-DPA
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