After the parade, city councillor 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.Mayor (later President) 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 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 NT,000 from the city government.Within a few months of my move, I’d found a girlfriend, befriended the tarot card reader at the lesbian bookstore, discovered a whole network of Taiwanese queers and other queer expats who were eager to show me everything they loved most about gay Taipei, and completely fallen in love with the city.
Activists have been hard at work to change that for the last decade, sometimes using delightful tactics like ),and in January, the nation elected its first-ever female president (who herself has been rumored to be a friend of Sappho, though that’s mostly just because she prefers to remain single) Tsai Ing-wen, a ,” which translates roughly to “We’re all different yet the same.” Both the song and the music video, which features two famous Taiwanese actresses, tell the heartbreaking story of an elderly lesbian couple’s harrowing hospital visit, which ultimately results in one of the women dying because her lifelong partner isn’t able to consent to the life-saving surgery she needs and her next-of-kin doesn’t arrive at the hospital on time.
Some pride parades are financed by corporations targeting gay customers, and sometimes the parade even becomes an advertising venue for the corporations. A majority of the parades around the world usually take control of the main road, blocking bystanders on the sidewalk.
Taiwan Pride share the road with cars, bikes and bystanders, and is subject to regular traffic control.
Also good to know: non-Taiwanese femmes are kind of a rarity in Taipei, and because I didn’t adhere to the high-femme dress code of most Paos, people assumed I was straight a lot.
I was regularly asked questions like “Um, do you know this bar is for lesbians?