50,000 March In Protest At Taiwan Pride To Protest Anti-Gay Discrimination

Compared with other Asian nations, Taiwan is becoming more open-minded towards homosexuality but prejudice and anti-gay discrimination still runs rampant and they still have a long way to go.

To protest a recent wake anti-gay incidents over 50,000 people who were attending this years gay pride event took to to the streets of Taipei in protest.

Participants chanted “discrimination get out!,”  as they marched in downtown Taipei in an annual event which attracted people from Japan, Malaysia and South Korea.

“We have an even bigger crowd this year particularly after a number of incidents showing that discrimination against the gay community is still serious,” said organiser Hiro Liu.

Earlier in the year an incident of five patients receiving organs from an HIV positive donor, who was homosexual, due to a hospital’s mistake led to  suggestions that homosexuals should be banned from donating blood and organs, which drew heated criticism from gay rights groups.  Tainwan DOES NOT ban gay blood donors

“AIDS is an illness, not a crime but the society equates AIDS with homosexuals to discriminate and stigmatise gay people,” Liu said.

Gay groups were also offended when a senior politician demanded opposition presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen to disclose her sexual orientation, as it will “affect her judgment call as a president,”

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