關於台灣同志遊行聯盟Posted By twp_adm 開啟 Sunday, 17 April 2016
Why we march
The parade not only unifies individuals who share similar ideas and goals, but more importantly, serves as an open platform, via which the public’s awareness can be woken up, light can be shone on hidden issues, and neglected needs can be recognized.
Whether it’s a curious look or a brief moment of pondering, they are both what the parade hopes to achieve: to be seen by the public, and be noticed by the individuals who are capable of promoting changes, so that all LGBTIQA-related policies can be improved and made more comprehensive.
About “Taiwan LGBT Pride Community”
In 2003, more than 500 LGBT individuals started their march from the 228 Peace Memorial Park (previously known as Taipei New Park), allowing the society to “witness the LGBT community.” Since then, Taiwan LGBT Pride has included more LGBT groups and recruited more support from various social movement organizations, becoming the largest LGBT pride parade in South Asia. Each year, 5 LGBT Pride parades are organized in 5 different cities in Taiwan. In addition to the Taiwan LGBT Pride hosted in Taipei, there are also Kaohsiung LGBT Pride, Hualien LGBT Pride, Taichung LGBT Pride and Tainan LGBT Pride. All of them are organized by local LGBT communities while mobilizing other local and regional partners involved in LGBT movements or various social movements.
Taiwan LGBT Pride Community originated from several LGBT organizations who hosted and participated in the parade. As the society has progressed and the number of participants in LGBT movements increased for the past decade, more issues require the undivided attention of these organizations. As a result, instead of the existing LGBT organizations and groups who share the responsibility of hosting the parade on top of their regular agendas, Taiwan LGBT Pride Community today is composed of a group of passionate volunteers who dedicate themselves to the preparation of Taiwan LGBT Pride.
As a social movement strategy, a parade/march in Taiwan has always served the purpose of communicating with the authority as well as the society. Taiwan LGBT Pride Community therefore has brought up different issues on various aspects each year, ranging from anti-discrimination, marriage equality and civil partnership, the human rights of people with HIV/AIDS, to LGBTIQA individuals with multiple minority identities. By showing up and occupying public space, we hope to initiate more dialogues with the society.
The current administration of Taiwan LGBT Pride is entrusted to Taiwan Rainbow Citizens Association (a non-profit corporation).