2016 Taiwan gay pride parade slated for Oct. 29

An annual gay pride parade organized by Taiwan LGBT Pride is slated to be held in Taipei Oct. 29, with the aim of breaking barriers among all groups and boosting real social acceptance of LGBT people.

The parade this year, centering around the theme of "Let's have fun and break fake friendliness,'" will kick off at 1:30 p.m. that day in front of the Presidential Office on Ketagalan Boulevard, according to Taiwan LGBT Pride.

Thanks to extensive efforts by many organizations, diverse gender issues have been widely discussed in society, the group said, pointing out, however, that many invisible forms of discrimination are hidden under layers of fake rhetoric.

To really wipe out this kind of hidden discrimination, Taiwan LGBT said, it is organizing the parade to boost dialogue, awareness and compassion, while removing age, class, gender and sex orientation barriers among all groups.

First held in 2003, the annual gay pride parade has been held every year in Taipei. It drew 65,000 participants in 2014, and 78,000 in 2015, making it one of the largest events of its kind in Asia.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel