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Taiwan Pride 2005 on Zhongxiao East Road in Taipei. The sign reads: "Central Queer Celebration" (a group).
Taiwan Pride 2005 on Zhongxiao East Road in Taipei. The sign reads: "Central Queer Celebration" (a group).

Taiwan Pride is the annual gay pride parade in Taiwan, participated in by all kinds of Tongzhi: LGBT, BDSMer, sex workers, people with HIV, and authors of pornographic content. The parade was first held in 2003. Although joined by groups from all over the country, the primary location has always been the city of Taipei. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2496x1664, 2440 KB) Summary Taiwan Pride 2005 On Zhongxiao East Road On the sign read: Central Queer Celebration(a group) 2005-10-01 14:31:58 Photo by user:Atinncnu Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2496x1664, 2440 KB) Summary Taiwan Pride 2005 On Zhongxiao East Road On the sign read: Central Queer Celebration(a group) 2005-10-01 14:31:58 Photo by user:Atinncnu Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link... 2004 Gay Pride Parade in São Paulo, Brazil. ... LGBT (or GLBT) is an abbreviation used as a collective term to refer to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people. ... A collar is a common symbol in BDSM. BDSM is a term which describes a number of related patterns of human sexual behavior. ... Street prostitutes in the bar district of Sanlitun in Beijing, China. ... Human immunodeficiency virus (commonly known as HIV, and formerly known as HTLV-III and lymphadenopathy-associated virus) is a retrovirus that primarily infects vital components of the human immune system such as CD4+ T cells, macrophages and dendritic cells. ... Pornography (from Greek πορνογραφια pornographia — literally writing about or drawings of harlots) is the representation of the human body or human sexual behaviour with the goal of sexual arousal, similar to, but (according to some) distinct from, erotica. ... City nickname: the City of Azaleas Government Official Website City of Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou Capital District Xinyi Geographical characteristics Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 16 of 25 271. ...

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Comparison with other pride parades

Workers of the Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association participating in Taiwan Pride in Taipei in 2005.
Workers of the Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association participating in Taiwan Pride in Taipei in 2005.
BDSM Company, part of the 2005 parade, sharing the road with cars.
BDSM Company, part of the 2005 parade, sharing the road with cars.
Women Coalition of HKSAR showing their support in the Taiwan Pride parade in Taipei in 2005.
Women Coalition of HKSAR showing their support in the Taiwan Pride parade in Taipei in 2005.
Water Boys.
Water Boys.
AIDS quilt in front of City Hall.
AIDS quilt in front of City Hall.
HKSAR gives banner to Taiwan Pride.
HKSAR gives banner to Taiwan Pride.

Taiwan Pride differs in many ways from gay pride parades held in the USA and Europe. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1248x832, 895 KB) Summary Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association The association on Taiwan Pride 2005, dressed with shiny skirts 2005-10-01 14:07 Public Domain Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1248x832, 895 KB) Summary Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association The association on Taiwan Pride 2005, dressed with shiny skirts 2005-10-01 14:07 Public Domain Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on... Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association (TTHA) is an organization providing people (especially LGBT) with peer counseling, support networks, and a community resource center. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2496x1664, 2236 KB) Summary Company on Taiwan Pride 2005 2005-10-01 14:37:52 Licensing File links The following pages link to this file: Taiwan Pride ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2496x1664, 2236 KB) Summary Company on Taiwan Pride 2005 2005-10-01 14:37:52 Licensing File links The following pages link to this file: Taiwan Pride ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (874x582, 406 KB) Summary Women Coalition of HKSAR on Taiwan Pride 2005 2005-10-01 14:07:00 Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Gay pride... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (874x582, 406 KB) Summary Women Coalition of HKSAR on Taiwan Pride 2005 2005-10-01 14:07:00 Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Gay pride... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2496x1664, 2365 KB) Summary Water Boy on Taiwan Pride 2005 2005-10-01 15:31 Licensing File links The following pages link to this file: Taiwan Pride ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2496x1664, 2365 KB) Summary Water Boy on Taiwan Pride 2005 2005-10-01 15:31 Licensing File links The following pages link to this file: Taiwan Pride ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1664x2496, 2199 KB) Summary AIDS quilt before city hall on Taiwan Pride 2005 Photo by AT 2005-10-01 15:35:20 Licensing File links The following pages link to this file: Taiwan Pride ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1664x2496, 2199 KB) Summary AIDS quilt before city hall on Taiwan Pride 2005 Photo by AT 2005-10-01 15:35:20 Licensing File links The following pages link to this file: Taiwan Pride ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1932x2618, 3512 KB) Summary HKSAR give banner to Taiwan Pride 2005 There are Hong Kong people (from Women Coalition of HKSAR), Zheng ZhiWei, Aries Dog, and Wang Ping accepting the banner. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1932x2618, 3512 KB) Summary HKSAR give banner to Taiwan Pride 2005 There are Hong Kong people (from Women Coalition of HKSAR), Zheng ZhiWei, Aries Dog, and Wang Ping accepting the banner. ...


The parade foundation is one example. Western parades often show a divergence between social movements and "commercialization". Some pride parades are financed by corporations targeting gay customers, and sometimes the parade even becomes an advertising venue for the corporations. Thus commercialization might conflict with social movement ideals. In some communities the conflict is so great that one parade even separates into two. Taiwan Pride is still primarily a social movement, with little advertisement—there are even complaints that local gay-targeting corporations give too little support to the parade.[1] American Civil Rights Movement is one of the most famous social movements of the 20th century. ... This article needs cleanup. ...


Taiwan Pride also differs in the type of parade. Western governments often give more approval to parades than the Taiwanese government does. A Western parade usually takes control of the main road, blocking bystanders on the sidewalk. Taiwan Pride must share the road with cars, bikes and bystanders, and is subject to regular traffic control. While it is inconvenient and sometimes dangerous for participants, sharing the road without clear separation also blurs the distinction between participants and bystanders, providing a gray zone of participation.[2] A sidewalk (North American English), or pavement or footpath (Commonwealth English), is a path, usually constructed of concrete (particularly in the United States, and Canada), asphalt, brick (particularly in Europe) or stone, designed for pedestrian traffic and often running alongside a road. ...


Before 2003

There were several small pride parades before the first formal Taiwan Pride parade in 2003. For example, 300 gays identified themselves in the 1996 parade of The National Women's Coalition. In 2002, some gays publicly protested at the Ministry of National Defence against the practice of forbidding gays from military police service.


2003

The first Taiwan Pride parade was held on November 1, 2003. It was the first one in the Chinese community, and encouraged the gay community in Hong Kong to hold its own parade. Many people in Taiwan didn't notice the parade at all, but almost all electronic and paper media reported the parade. November 1 is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 60 days remaining. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The parade was held in Taipei, starting from 228 Memorial Park, a long-time gathering place for gay men in Taipei, and going along Hengyang Road to Red Playhouse in Ximending. The parade was joined by more than 20,000 people from dozens of groups, including Waterboys, NCU Center for the Study of Sexualities, Gin Gin's, and the Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association. As part of the government-sponsored Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights Movement, the parade received 70,000 TWD from the city government. Mayor Ma Ying-jeou gave a speech at the end of the parade, saying that Taipei as an international city should respect individuals of different groups and cultures. He also said that major cities in the world all have large gay communities. The existence and respect of such communities is important to the diversity of a city. After the speech, there was a LGBT karaoke contest. City nickname: the City of Azaleas Government Official Website City of Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou Capital District Xinyi Geographical characteristics Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 16 of 25 271. ... Seen from Taipei New Park (1931). ... Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association (TTHA) is an organization providing people (especially LGBT) with peer counseling, support networks, and a community resource center. ... The New Taiwan Dollar (新臺幣 or 新台幣; ISO 4217 code TWD; old abbreviation NT$) or simply Taiwan Dollar is the common currency of the Republic of China (on Taiwan). ... Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九; Hanyu Pinyin: MÇŽ YÄ«ngjiÇ”; Wade-Giles: Ma Ying-chiu; Tongyong Pinyin: Ma Yingjiou) (born July 13, 1950) was elected mayor of Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China (ROC) in 1998 and reelected in 2002. ... A Karaoke machine Karaoke (Japanese: カラオケ, from 空 kara, empty or void, and オーケストラ ōkesutora, orchestra) is a form of entertainment in which an amateur singer or singers sing along with recorded music on microphone. ...


After the parade, city council member Wang Shih-cheng criticized city government for "encouraging homosexuality" and "obscenity". Many gay groups were upset by the comments and refused funding from the government the next year.


2004: Awaken Citizen Conscious

The second Taiwan Pride parade was held on November 6, 2004, again in Taipei. This parade started at 1 p.m. at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, marched along Kaitakelan Blvd, through 228 Memorial Park, Chungshan Hall, and ended at the Red Playhouse in Ximending. November 6 is the 310th day of the year (311th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 55 days remaining. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The view of the memorial hall from the Concert Hall. ... Seen from Taipei New Park (1931). ...


The parade used "Awaken Citizen Conscious" as its primary slogan, along with "Citizen with Exceptions‧City with Colors‧Society with Varieties‧Politics with Participation". Featuring participants other than homosexuals, such as bisexuals, transgendered people, the BDSM Company representing BDSMers, and Collective Of Sex Workers And Supporters representing sex workers. Harmony Home Association also participated.


The parade date was close to the legislator election, and many candidates showed up to get publicity.


2005: Be Together!

The third Taiwan Pride parade featured the union of homosexuals, sex workers, pornographic content authors and alternative sex practitioners, against "waves of repression" such as the "Law on Classification for Published Materials and Video Programs". The parade was hosted by an ad hoc organization and the Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association. BDSM Company also took lots of works. Pornography (from Greek πορνογραφια pornographia — literally writing about or drawings of harlots) is the representation of the human body or human sexual behaviour with the goal of sexual arousal, similar to, but (according to some) distinct from, erotica. ... Ad hoc is a Latin phrase which means for this [purpose]. It generally signifies a solution that has been tailored to a specific purpose, such as a tailor-made suit, a handcrafted network protocol, and specific-purpose equation and things like that. ... Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association (TTHA) is an organization providing people (especially LGBT) with peer counseling, support networks, and a community resource center. ...


There were forecasts of a possible typhoon landfall on the day of the parade (October 1), but it was a sunny day. The parade started at 1 p.m. at the Eslite bookstore on Tun Hua S. Road, marched along Zhongxiao E. Road Sec. 4, and ended at City Hall at 5 p.m. At the end of the parade, Women Coalition of HKSAR thanked Taiwan Pride for encouraging the Hong Kong parade in 2004, and gave a banner to Taiwan Pride, which was represented by Wang Ping from Gender/Sexuality Rights Association Taiwan. The artist Topper also gave cross-dressing performances. Cyclone Catarina, a rare South Atlantic tropical cyclone viewed from the International Space Station on March 26, 2004. ... Landfall has two meanings: Landfall, Minnesota the place or time at which a hurricane or waterspout, or even a boat hits land Landfall is also the title of New Zealands most important literary journal. ... October 1 is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Gender/Sexuality Rights Association Taiwan was established in May 1999 in Taiwan. ...


Sponsorship

Many commercial organizations sponsored the parade, including Eslite bookstore, the Fridae gay dating website, and PRI.V"ee.


Participants

Many Taiwanese people still wish to stay in the closet, and thus participate the parade with masks or walk with the parade from a distance. They often worry about disclosure. The expression being in the closet has been used to describe keeping secret ones sexual behavior or orientation, most commonly homosexuality or bisexuality, but also including transgender and transsexual people, paedophiles, and pederasts. ...


There are also often worries that the parade will be misunderstood by the media and public, thus damaging the social image of ordinary gay men, and reinforcing stereotypes of "exaggerated style" or "being sissy". Others often criticize this position, arguing that people should participate more to create the images they want.


See also

Gender/Sexuality Rights Association Taiwan was established in May 1999 in Taiwan. ... Tong-Kwang Light House Presbyterian Church (同光同志長老教會) is the first Christian Church for Homosexuals in Chinese society. ... Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association (TTHA) is an organization providing people (especially LGBT) with peer counseling, support networks, and a community resource center. ...

External links

  • 2003 parade album (pictures in the album all appeared on national cable TV)
  • 2004 Taiwan Pride official site (Chinese and English. Flash required)
  • 2004 parade album
  • Taiwan Pride 2005 (Chinese and English. Graphic intensive)
  • 2005 parade album
  •   Video clips of a small discussion after parade. Participated in by individual workers and those from Hotline Association and BDSM Company. Provided by Culture Study Association, Taiwan. (zh)
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