Taiwan Gay Pride: Best pictures from the 2018 Taipei celebrations

By On October 28, 2018

Taiwan Gay Pride: Best pictures from the 2018 Taipei celebrations

Thousands of people took to the streets of Taipei to march in the annual Taiwan Gay Pride Parade.

This year’s LGBT+ event took place a month before a historic vote on same-sex marriage, which is due to take place in the country on November 24.

The government ruled that same-sex couples had a legal right to marry in May.

It said that the legalisation of same-sex marriage in the state would come into effect after two years.

In February this year, an organisation who oppose the notion of same-sex marriage proposed that a referendum be held on the issue.

In the list of questions devised by the group, they ask voters to answer whether they think marriage should be defined as being “between a man and a woman.”

In response to the questions put forward by the organisation, a group who are in favour of same-sex marriage also put forward their own question to be included in the referendum.

leftCreated with Sketch. rightCreated with Sketch. ShapeCreated with Sketch.Best pictures from the 2018 Taipei Gay Pride March in Taiwan

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Participants take part in the 2018 Taipei Gay Pride March in Taipei, Taiwan, 27 October 2018. AFP/Getty Images

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Thousands of people attended the march in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. REUTERS

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Participants walk in the parade. REUTERS

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The march took place ahead of a landmark vote next month on LGBT+ rights in Taiwan. R EUTERS

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On May 24 2017, the Constitutional Court in Taiwan ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry in the state. AP

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After making its ruling on same-sex marriage in May last year, the court stated that its decision must be implemented in two years. AP

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On November 24, a public vote will be held in Taiwan on same-sex marriage. AFP/Getty Images

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A participant of the march poses next to a wedding studio. REUTERS

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A young woman from Chongqing in mainland China holds a fan reading "free writers" before the start of the march. AFP/Getty Images

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Participants with Pikachu-styled costumes pose as they gather at the square outside the presidential office for the start of the march. AFP/Getty Images

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Thousands took part in the parade in support of same-sex marriage. REUTERS

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Participants in the square outside the presidential office before the start of the parade. AFP/Getty Images

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A couple take part in the march with their baby. AFP/Getty Images

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Members of Tokyo Rainbow Pride walk in the parade. AFP/Getty Images

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The parade was awash with rainbow-coloured paraphernalia. AFP/Getty Images

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A participant of the march poses with a fan. AP

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A participant from Japan holds a banner before the start of the march. AFP/Getty Images

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Young women display rainbow flags. EPA

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A person taking part in the march waves a rainbow flag. EPA

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A man, decorated with balloons and a rainbow flag, takes part in the celebrations. EPA

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An American man and his Japanese partner, both wearing headbands saying 'Japan' in Japanese, kiss each other during the march. EPA

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Thousands of people attended the annual march. EPA

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Taiwan gay rights act ivist Chi Chia-wei attends the march. Chi became the first person in Taiwan to come out as gay on national television in 1986. EPA

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Participants take part in the march, organised by Taiwan LGBT Pride. AP

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Participants hold up a large rainbow flag. EPA

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People walking in the parade. EPA

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A person stands in front of a rainbow-coloured flag. EPA

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A Japanese couple hold a sign saying 'You Are My Safe Harbour' in Chinese. EPA

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A man, decorated with balloons and rainbow flags, takes part in the march. EPA

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The first Taiwan Pride march was held in 2003. EPA

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Participants display a huge rainbow flag during the 2018 Taipei Gay Pride March. EPA

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Two men take a selfie in front of a rainbow flag. EPA

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A man waves a rainbow flag during the march. EPA

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The annual Taipei Gay Pride March is the largest in East Asia. EPA

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The Rainbow City Symphonic Band performs during the march. EPA

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Participants take part in the 2018 Taipei Gay Pride March in Taipei, Taiwan, 27 October 20 18. AFP/Getty Images

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Thousands of people attended the march in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. REUTERS

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Participants walk in the parade. REUTERS

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The march took place ahead of a landmark vote next month on LGBT+ rights in Taiwan. REUTERS

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On May 24 2017, the Constitutional Court in Taiwan ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry in the state. AP

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After making its ruling on same-sex marriage in May last year, the court stated that its decision must be implemented in two years. AP

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On November 24, a public vote will be held in Taiwan on same-sex marriage. AFP/Getty Images

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A participant of the march poses next to a wedding studio. REUTERS

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A young woman from Chongqing in mainland China holds a fan reading "free writers" before the start of the march. AFP/Getty Images

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Participants with Pikachu-styled costumes pose as they gather at the square o utside the presidential office for the start of the march. AFP/Getty Images

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Thousands took part in the parade in support of same-sex marriage. REUTERS

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Participants in the square outside the presidential office before the start of the parade. AFP/Getty Images

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A couple take part in the m arch with their baby. AFP/Getty Images

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Members of Tokyo Rainbow Pride walk in the parade. AFP/Getty Images

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The parade was awash with rainbow-coloured paraphernalia. AFP/Getty Images

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A participant of the march poses with a fan. AP

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A participant from Japan holds a banner before the start of the march. AFP/Getty Images

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Young women display rainbow flags. EPA

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A person taking part in the march waves a rainbow flag. EPA

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A man, decorated with balloons and a rainbow flag, takes part in the celebrations. EPA

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An American man and his Japanese partner, both wearing headbands saying 'Japan' in Japanese, kiss each other during the march. EPA

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Thousands of people attended the annual march. EPA

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Taiwan gay rights activist Chi Chia-wei attends the march. Chi became the first person in Taiwan to come out as gay on national television in 1986. EPA

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Participants take part in the march, organised by Taiwan LGBT Pride. AP

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Participants hold up a large rainbow flag. EPA

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People walking in the parade. EPA

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A person stands in front of a rainbow-coloured flag. EPA

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A Japanese couple hold a sign saying 'You Are My Safe Harbour' in Chinese. EPA

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A man, decorated with balloons and rainbow fla gs, takes part in the march. EPA

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The first Taiwan Pride march was held in 2003. EPA

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Participants display a huge rainbow flag during the 2018 Taipei Gay Pride March. EPA

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Two men take a selfie in front of a rainbow flag. EPA

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A man waves a rainbow flag during the march. EPA

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The annual Taipei Gay Pride March is the largest in East Asia. EPA

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The Rainbow City Symphonic Band performs during the march. EPA

Their question asks whether votes th ink the Civil Code should be amended in order to allow same-sex couples to marry.

The referendum will ask voters to answer a total of 10 questions on topics including LGBT+ rights, same-sex marriage, nuclear power and coal power.

In order for a referendum to pass in Taiwan, at least 25 per cent of the voters must vote in favour of the question.

There were appr oximately 137,000 people at the Taipei Gay Pride Parade, according to the event’s organisers.

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Civil rights rights activist Chi Chia-wei was among those in attendance.

In 1986, Mr Chi became the first person in Taiwan to come out as gay on national television.

He made the announcement at a press c onference, where he spoke about his sexuality and the importance of AIDS and HIV awareness and prevention.

The first pride march in Taiwan was held in 2003.

Source: Google News Taiwan | Netizen 24 Taiwan

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