Taiwan LGBT Pride on October 31st! Challenging “Age Limitation”

Kay visual | Route

The 13th Taiwan LGBT Pride is proud to stage this year’s march at 1pm on the last Saturday (31st) of October. With the theme “Act Who You Are, Not Your Age,” the 2015 Taiwan LGBT Pride invites every member of the LGBTIQA community as well as its supporters to step out and join Taiwan LGBT Pride Community to explore how our everyday self-expression is hindered by social norms associated with age, sex and gender. 

The 13th Pride’s theme “Act Who You Are, Not Your Age” discusses age-related issues 
Taiwan LGBT Pride has marched for more than a decade, with its participants growing from just a couple hundred to 65,000 people last year, and every year has been more challenging than the year before. This year’s theme “Act Who You Are, Not Your Age” calls on everyone to explore how social norms related to age, sex and gender restrain us from expressing our true selves. Each of us could face at different ages the demands or even oppression caused by the various norms associated with age, sex and gender.

The original intention of the Gender Equity Education Act passed in 2004 was to protect young female victims and sexual minorities, who are often vulnerable because of the existing social structure. The protection, however, has turned into more and more control. The law determines various age thresholds, and in the meantime, imposes different standards based on one’s sex, resulting in varied behavioral restraints for individuals of different ages and of different sexes. As a consequence, youth is no longer free. During the past decade, the protection that was intended by the legislation seems to have limited the possibilities for teenagers to explore and develop diverse interpersonal interactions. It can be witnessed that, laws and social norms still enforce various limitations on LGBTIQA individuals based on one’s age, sex and gender. As members of the sexually diverse community, our fight is not yet over.

Meanwhile, facing the social standard for “age-appropriate” adults to get married and have children, those who are not willing to fulfill this expectation are often seen as irresponsible or selfish. Teenagers and the elderly, on the other hand, are confronted with a different set of expectations and demands, while their affection and sexual desires are ignored because they are not capable or suitable of reproducing. The result of the sexually diverse community of LGBTIQA being confined to certain stereotypes is that these social norms have again pushed members of this diverse group into a dark closet. We would like to emphasize that, “ignoring the sexuality of individuals of different ages and excluding the dissimilar others from the community would produce more closets and oppression, contributing to a society that disregards diversity and reinforces exclusion.”   
The 13th Taiwan LGBT Pride “Act Who You Are, Not Your Age” See you on the street at 1pm on October 31st (Sat), 2015!


The key visual of the 13th Taiwan LGBT Pride and the story behind it: 
The design of the key visual is closely linked to this year’s theme: “Act Who You Are, Not Your Age.” A playful rocking horse and a relaxing rocking chair travel together through the long river of “age.” Delivering a similar visual and physical experience, they connect with and look into each other. An assistive device-namely, a wheelchair is further added, voicing a challenging message regarding functionality with this image, in which the horse with seemingly healthy legs is not able to run but the seemingly disabled body would be able to march with the assistance of the wheelchair.       

Through the cooperation of the design crew, different looks of horses are created and placed on the avenue. By doing so, we hope to emphasize that all the diverse identities and issues within the LGBTIQA community shall be presented and celebrated during Taiwan LGBT Pride. Moreover, the movements of running and jumping symbolize the energy we generate when fighting against the closets in society. 

Associating a beloved toy with a relaxing rocking chair often used by the elderly, the element of the “rocking horse” is used. It presents the message that all of us could face at different ages the limitations and oppression caused by stereotypical expectations the various social norms impose on individuals of different ages, sexes and genders. The colorful looks of the rocking horses, on the other hand, emphasize that all the diverse identities and issues within the LGBTIQA community shall be presented and celebrated during Taiwan LGBT Pride.


Pride Route

Presidential Palace: Jinfu Gate Roundabout

Set time 13:00

Departure time 14:00

  • North Route (北路線) : Xinyi Road → Linsen S. Road → Zhongxiao E. Road, Sec. 1 → Jinshan S. Road, Sec. 1 → Jinan Road, Sec. 2 → Jinan Road, Sec. 1 → Zhongshan S. Road → Jinfu Gate Roundabout
     
  • South Route (南路線) : Xinyi Road → Jinshan S. Road, Sec. 2→ Heping E. Road, Sec. 1→ Roosevelt Road, Sec. 2→ Zhongshan S. Road → Jinfu Gate Roundabout