By: AP | Taipei |

Printed: June 29, 2020 12:18:41 pm

Taiwan parade celebrates LGBT Pride, island's virus success Members rally in the course of the “Taiwan Delight March for the World!” at Liberty Sq. on the CKS Memorial Corridor in Taipei, Taiwan, Sunday, June 28, 2020. This yr marks the primary Homosexual Delight march in Chicago 1970, and as a result of COVID-19 lockdown, Taiwan is among the only a few nations to host the world’s solely bodily Homosexual Delight. (AP Photograph/Chiang Ying-ying)

The Taiwanese capital held its annual LGBT Delight parade on Sunday, making it one of many few locations on this planet to proceed with such an occasion within the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

The parade in Taipei has drawn tens of 1000’s of individuals prior to now, however participant numbers Sunday had been lowered by each virus considerations and heavy rain. Taiwan’s Central Information Company mentioned that over 1,000 attended.

Those that did participate mentioned it was a testomony each to Taiwan’s capacity to include the pandemic and its dedication to rights for individuals of all sexual orientations.

ws, and its liberal political system has lengthy promoted human rights, free speech and freedom of meeting.

American pupil Loren Couse, 28, mentioned Taipei’s capacity to carry the parade was “actually spectacular.”

“I feel Taiwan has completed a very good job to date, and I’m actually happy with residing right here, not solely as a result of it’s so open to individuals like myself, the homosexual group, but in addition as a result of I feel it’s such an instance for the world and the right way to deal with the pandemic to date,” Couse mentioned.

New York was among the many cities compelled to cancel its homosexual Delight parade this yr to adjust to social distancing measures. Taiwan has largely dropped such restrictions after quarantines and case tracing helped convey the coronavirus an infection charge down radically.

In all, the island of 23.7 million individuals has confirmed 447 instances, together with seven deaths.

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