In May this year, Taiwan became the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage. In celebration, Taipei’s annual Pride Parade was especially festive, with 170,000–250,000 people in attendance — a record number for what was already the biggest pride parade in Asia.
Taipei Pride happens every October, and whether you’re a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community or a dedicated ally, here are four reasons to add this event to your calendar.
- Reward Taiwan with your tourism dollars. While activists will admit there’s still a lot to be done to further equality in Taiwan for the queer community and beyond it’s important to support progressive countries.
- It’s a safe and welcoming place to travel. Overall, Taiwan promotes a friendly attitude toward visitors, regardless of background. The country is an exceptionally safe place to travel, with low crime rates and an atmosphere of ease, comfort and openness.
- There’s lots to see and do. Taiwan doesn’t seem to draw the same tourism attention as its Southeast Asian neighbors, making it an underrated gem. The island’s cities bustle with cultural attractions and outstanding cuisine, including a slew of Michelin-starred restaurants. The countryside charms with small towns, hiking trails and mountaintop temples.
- It’s a darn good Pride parade. And apart from just the parade itself, there are a slew of events worth checking out, including parties, live music and celebrity performances. What better way to celebrate being out and proud?
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