Taiwan PRIDE: A Celebration of Diversity

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Day 3 of #16DaysOfGlobal — Today we learn about the journey of Women’s March Taiwan in their month of celebrating PRIDE. Throughout the month of November, ReSisters in Taiwan have focused on amplifying the voices of the LGBTQIA+ community in Taiwan. Read about their experience marching in the largest PRIDE parade in Asia and what their focus is for the near future.

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Last month, Women’s March Taiwan attended The Largest Gay Pride in Asia, the “Taiwan LGBT Pride” in Taiwan’s capital city, Taipei. An estimated 123,000 people took the streets starting from the Ketegalan Blvd, a place where numerous movements of human rights and democracy happened.

For many people, the LGBT Pride is a day to truly express oneself and celebrate diversity. As a women’s rights community, Women’s March Taiwan supports women’s rights and LGBT rights, because these are all human rights that are intersecting and needs to be recognised. Aligned with the Global Women’s Marches’ unity principles on LGBTQIA Rights, Women’s March Taiwan marched with the same mission as seen below.

We firmly declare that LGBTQIA Rights are Human Rights and that it is our obligation to uplift, expand and protect the rights of our gay, lesbian, bi, queer, trans or gender non-conforming brothers, sisters and siblings. We must have the power to control our bodies and be free from gender norms, expectations and stereotypes.
Photo: Women’s March Taiwan
However, is there a safe environment for women and men to express themselves on a regular basis?
Does the majority in Taiwan really understand and embrace sex diversity and gender identities?
What can we do to control our body, be free from gender norms, expectations and stereotypes?

Many marchers believe that there is a need for more conversation on sex diversity and gender equity with the participation of people outside of the LGBT community.

Women’s March Taiwan’s monthly gathering, WoMenTalk, hopes to join diverse people to discuss and explore women’s rights, gender, and social issues in a casual manner. Coinciding with LGBT march’s theme, November’s WoMenTalk theme is Gender Equity Education. This gathering is open to everyone, regardless of your background and identity. Whether you are just interested in the topic, to have a drink, or to make new friends, this will be a great place for you to be! Let’s make the first move by starting the conversation.

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Article adapted from Women’s March Taiwan Medium article.