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Taiwan: Photos from the LGBT Pride Parade 2011 in Taipei

The logo of Taiwan LGBT Pride 2011

More than 50,000 people joined the annual Taiwan LGBT Pride parade in Taipei on October 29, 2011, marking the biggest gay pride parade in Asia.

The Taiwanese LGBT community has been struggling for decades to obtain equality and respect. Though there is less and less hostility in everyday life interaction, discrimination is still very much embedded in the education and legal system.

According to the event's official website:

A boy holding a board saying ‘My mom is lesbian, and my mom is perfect'. Photo by Coolloud.org (CC-BY-ND-ND)

A boy holding a board saying ‘My mom is lesbian, and my mom is perfect'. Photo by Coolloud.org (CC-BY-ND-ND)

Compared with the very direct, “in- your- face” hostility toward LGBT people a decade ago, the anti- LGBT groups nowadays have learnt to say words like “we respect LGBT people” and pretend to be liberal. In the meanwhile they never stop trying to deprive LGBT people of basic citizen rights. Furthermore, they even started to adopt unethical means to influence the legislators and policy makers, which might jeopardize our precious achievement of democratic development. Under this tough circumstance, Taiwan LGBT Pride Community urges the LGBT people to be more cautious about discrimination in the culture and society, and keep uncovering the well- camouflaged hostility in order to build a more solid foundation for our human rights.

First held in 2003 with about 500 participants, the event has quickly grown more popular with 25,000 people participating in 2009, and 30,000 in 2010. This year, the participant record has been broken again.

Under the theme “LGBT fight back! Discrimination get out!”, the parade started at Kaidagelan Boulevard in Taipei and separated into two routes before reconvening at the Kaidagelan Boulevard. Demonstrators demanded respect for the sexual orientation and preferences of youth, implementation of sex education, legalization of gay marriage, and also decriminalization of sex work.

Below are some photos from this year's parade taken by Coolloud.org.tw:

Some religious group are against informing youth about LGBT in schools. A parade participant plays ‘Guanyin (觀世音菩薩)', a bodhisatta regarded as both male and female, to demonstrate that ‘even gods can be LGBT'.

Some religious group are against informing youth about LGBT in schools. A parade participant plays ‘Guanyin (觀世音菩薩)', a bodhisatta regarded as both male and female, to demonstrate that ‘even gods can be LGBT'.

Students from many university LGBT clubs took part in the parade.

Students from many university LGBT clubs took part in the parade.

Many foreign tourists and exchange students are also supporters.

Many foreign tourists and exchange students are also supporters.

The speaker spoke of the negative treatment he received from his employer because he wears women's clothing to work. The board says ‘cross-gender needs labor representation'

The speaker spoke of the negative treatment he received from his employer because he wears women's clothing to work. The board says ‘cross-gender needs labor representation'

Taiwan International Workers Association also voices the sexual rights of underrepresented migrant workers in Taiwan

Taiwan International Workers Association also voices the sexual rights of underrepresented migrant workers in Taiwan

LGBT members with physical disabilities say they suffer double discrimination.

LGBT members with physical disabilities say they suffer double discrimination.

Popular singer Deserts Chang is this year's ‘Rainbow Ambassador'

Popular singer Deserts Chang is this year's ‘Rainbow Ambassador'

You can see more photos in this Coolloud.org's flickr album and the official album released by the parade's website.

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