(TAIPEI, Taiwan) — The Taiwanese capital held its annual LGBT pleasure parade on Sunday, making it one of many few locations on the planet to proceed with such an occasion within the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
The parade in Taipei has drawn tens of hundreds of individuals prior to now, however participant numbers Sunday had been lowered by each virus considerations and heavy rain. Taiwan’s Central Information Company stated that over 1,000 attended.
Those that did participate stated it was a testomony each to Taiwan’s capacity to include the pandemic and its dedication to rights for folks of all sexual orientations.
Taiwan is the one place in Asia the place same-sex marriage is authorized, and its liberal political system has lengthy promoted human rights, free speech and freedom of meeting.
American scholar Loren Couse, 28, stated Taipei’s capacity to carry the parade was “actually spectacular.”
“I believe Taiwan has carried out a very good job thus far, and I’m actually happy with dwelling right here, not solely as a result of it’s so open to folks like myself, the homosexual neighborhood, but in addition as a result of I believe it’s such an instance for the world and tips on how to deal with the pandemic thus far,” Couse stated.
New York was among the many cities compelled to cancel its homosexual pleasure parade this 12 months to adjust to social distancing measures. Taiwan has largely dropped such restrictions after quarantines and case tracing helped carry the coronavirus an infection price down radically. In all, the island of 23.7 million folks has confirmed 447 instances, together with seven deaths.