Taipei City joins Rainbow Cities Network ahead of annual gay pride parade

28-Oct-2020 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Ahead of Saturday’s (October 31) annual Taipei Pride parade, Taipei City announced Tuesday (October 27) it had joined the Rainbow Cities Network (RCN), an alliance of local governments actively protecting and supporting their LGBT residents.

The group includes cities of widely diverging sizes, from Mexico City, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, and Paris to the smaller towns of Kotor in Montenegro, Leuven in Belgium, and Esch-sur-Alzette in Luxembourg.

Taipei was the first city in Asia to join the network, Mayor Ko Wen-je said Tuesday, as the Taiwanese capital was preparing to host its main annual gay rights event, Taipei Pride. Last year, the parade and related events attracted an estimated 200,000 visitors from all over the world, though this year’s Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is expected to cut numbers as international travel has become more difficult.

Ko signed an agreement with the RCN on September 14, with the organisation notifying Taipei on October 7 it had voted to approve its application to join, CNA reported. The Taiwanese capital was the 31st city in the world to become a member of the RCN, the mayor said.

Taiwan legalised same-sex marriage last year, becoming the first Asian country to do so, but the Taipei City government emphasized it had been working on improving the rights of LGBT residents for many years before.


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