25Oct
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Taiwan Pride 2014

I’m super ecstatic that Pride in Taipei occurred during my stay here! I’ve been to Pride in Atlanta and in Chicago and now I get to see Pride internationally — Woot! When I found out about the Pride Parade here, I envisioned floats and floats of hot and scandalously dressed Asian boys throwing free goodies at me. 

Pride in Taiwan is the biggest in Asia, but unlike the in the States, it’s not about decorative floats sponsored by local businesses, clubs, or corporations driving down a street. It’s a parade for the people and by the people — you get to show your support by walking in the sea of joyous people who are celebrating LOVE. Personally, I like this idea a lot because I feel like I’m part of this great community and not just a bystander.

The parade starts at NTU Hospital MRT Station, passes Chiang Kai Shek, and loops back at Guting Station — I think its about 2 miles. It’s inspiring to see so many people participating and that Taiwan is open to such a taboo subject since Asian cultures are often very conservative.

 I spy with my little eyes a blue bootie!

I spy with my little eyes a blue bootie!

Taiwan Pride 2014

Taiwan Pride 2014

 The parents are teaching her right!

Support from all ages!

 Hunks

Hunks

 Panda and Taiwanese flag turned into Taiwanese Pride flag

Panda and Taiwanese flag turned into Taiwanese Pride flag

Sea and sea of people walking in the parade

Sea of people walking in the parade

 

Of course, I can’t help but take pictures with people and their awesome costumes!

Elsa

Elsa!

Sulley? Can I be Boo?

Sulley? Can I be Boo?

I think I lost of self confidence standing next to these fine asses...

I think I lost a bit of self confidence standing next to these fine guys…

Army and kitties dominatrix? Yes please!

Army man and dominatrix kitties? Yes please!

Spartans, take me - I won't resist!

Spartans, take me – I won’t resist!

 

At the end of the parade, people gather at the main stage to listen to the speaker talking about gay marriages. Only in fabulous Asia where people actually sit down — Best public mannerism I’ve ever witnessed!

 Calm and collected

Keep Calm and Pride On

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About Linh

"I love to eat. I live to eat. I travel to eat." It only took a short amount of time for me to find out that the rat race, corporate life was not the life I want and that pushing papers was not as creatively stimulating as they advertised. As a result, I exchanged my suits for suitcases and setting on a year long journey to Southeast Asia. For each country I visit, my goal is to immerse myself in its culture and, of course, feast my way through all of its delicacies.
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