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Taiwan goes ahead with LGBT pride parade after containing pandemic

The island is the only place in Asia where same-sex marriage is legal.

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The parade involved some colourful characters (Chiang Ying-ying/AP)

The parade involved some colourful characters (Chiang Ying-ying/AP)

The parade involved some colourful characters (Chiang Ying-ying/AP)

The Taiwanese capital has held its annual LGBT pride parade, making it one of the few places in the world to proceed with an event in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

The parade in Taipei has drawn tens of thousands of people in the past but numbers on Sunday were reduced by both virus concerns and heavy rain.

Taiwan’s Central News Agency said that over 1,000 attended.

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Around a thousand people took part in the parade (Chiang Ying-ying/PA)

Around a thousand people took part in the parade (Chiang Ying-ying/PA)

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Around a thousand people took part in the parade (Chiang Ying-ying/PA)

Those who did take part said it was a testament both to Taiwan’s ability to contain the pandemic and its commitment to rights for people of all sexual orientations.

Taiwan is the only place in Asia where same-sex marriage is legal, and its liberal political system has long promoted human rights, free speech and freedom of assembly.

American student Loren Couse said Taipei’s ability to hold the parade was “really impressive”.

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The parade went ahead despite heavy rain and virus fears (Chiang Ying-ying/AP)

The parade went ahead despite heavy rain and virus fears (Chiang Ying-ying/AP)

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The parade went ahead despite heavy rain and virus fears (Chiang Ying-ying/AP)

“I think Taiwan has done a really good job so far, and I am really proud of living here, not only because it’s so open to people like myself, the gay community, but also because I think it’s such an example for the world and how to handle the pandemic so far,” the 28-year-old said.

New York was among the cities compelled to cancel its gay pride parade this year to comply with social distancing measures.

Taiwan has largely dropped such restrictions after quarantines and case tracing helped bring the coronavirus infection rate down radically.

In all, the island of 23.7 million people has confirmed 447 cases, including seven deaths.

PA