This year marks 50 years since the first Gay Pride march in Chicago 1970, and there should be a celebratory vibe everywhere in the world. Sadly, due to the COVID-19 lockdown and social distancing, 475 Pride events across the world have been canceled or delayed, and we have lost the opportunity for a worldwide tribute to our heroes and to march globally for unity and pride.
However, all is not lost! Taiwan is fortunate to have been one of the very few countries in the world that never needed a lockdown, and has not had a single local case in over 2 months. To celebrate that fact and to honor our global gay family, in league with the Taiwan Gay Sport Association (TGSMA), we will host the world’s only Gay Pride during Pride Month 2020, on June 28th, the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, at Liberty Square at the CKS Memorial Hall, with the theme of “Taiwan Pride March for the World!”
We will provide Pride Flags and signs on which you can write the place you are marching for, which could be where you grew up, a city you hold close to your heart, or where your loved ones are – it’s your march, and your choice! We will also give away “Made in Taiwan” rainbow masks, to show support and raise awareness. Taiwan is ready to march for the world!
We are also supported by Taiwan’s longest-running monthly gay party WERK! which will join forces with us to kick off our celebration the preceding weekend by hosting a White Party x Taiwan Pride Parade for the World extravaganza on Saturday June 20th, which we intend to be a blank canvas on which everyone can come and shine and show their unique LGBTQ spirit.
At both the party and Pride Parade, the Taiwan Gay Sport Association will run a Mask 4 Mask campaign, collecting mask donations to send to LGBTQ centers all around the world.
We invite you to come and enjoy our freedom and equality, one year after being the first country in Asia to historically legalize same-sex marriage! We also look forward to having all of you again, at Taiwan Pride 2020 on October 31st!