Taiwan’s Vice President Lai Ching-te joined an estimated 180,000 marchers at Taipei Pride 2023 yesterday.
Polls rank Lai Ching-te as the firm favourite to win the island nation’s 2024 presidential election.
President Tsai Ing-wen also demonstrated support for the parade, posting a message via her Facebook page.
“Under the umbrella of Taiwan’s democracy and freedom, we learn to accept everyone’s characteristics and respect everyone’s differences.”
Vice President Lai Ching-te is now the most senior government leader to ever attend the event. None of the other three main presidential contenders showed up yesterday.
A supporter of marriage equality and LGBT rights in the past, Lai Ching-te told reporters the fight for rights had not ended.
“On this road, the DPP has always been together with everyone.
“Equal marriage is not the end. It’s the starting point for diversity. I will stand steadfast on this path.”
He then joined other members of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for the parade.
Vice President Lai Ching-te at Taipei Pride 2023
Taiwan’s Vice President @ChingteLai, a leading candidate in the 2024 race, marched in the Taipei Pride Parade on Saturday. Accompanied by his @DPPonline comrades, Lai has became the highest ranking Taiwanese official to be part of Asia’s largest LGBT gathering. pic.twitter.com/2vO5qYjWz8
— Joyu Wang (@joyuwang) October 28, 2023
Pride Taipei คือสนุกมาก อันดับหนึ่งในเอเชียของจริง ถ้าเป็นที่ไทยชาวเน็ตอาจจะดราม่าเรื่องการแต่งกายโป๊เปลือยได้ pic.twitter.com/fGg2b3U0eF
— Didthana (@didthana) October 28, 2023
In some good news: it’s joyous to see thousands of people marching at Pride in Taipei. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/lqD1yEdR11
— Senthorun Raj | senthorun.bsky.social (@senthorun) October 28, 2023
Crowds Flock to Taipei for East Asia’s Largest Pride March Celebration in Taiwan#Taiwan #Taipei #Pride #Prideparade #LGBTQ #BNN #Worldnews #Dailynews #Breakingnews #Newsupdate pic.twitter.com/V9UietdxCu
— Nitish Verma (@nitsonnet) October 28, 2023
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