Via The Taipei Times
The organizers of WorldPride 2025 have canceled the Kaohsiung event because its licensing group, InterPride, demanded that it remove “Taiwan” from the event’s name, they said in a statement yesterday. Kaohsiung was to host WorldPride Taiwan 2025 after being granted the right by the global LGBTQ advocacy group. However, the WorldPride 2025 Taiwan Preparation Committee said that InterPride recently gave “abrupt notice” asking it to change the name of the event and use “Kaohsiung” instead of “Taiwan,” even though it applied for the event using “Taiwan” in its name. “Taiwan deeply regrets that InterPride, due to political considerations, has unilaterally rejected the mutually agreed upon consensus, and broken a relationship of cooperation and trust, leading to this outcome,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in Taiwan are regarded as the most progressive in Asia. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity are legal, and same-sex marriage was legalized on 24 May 2019, following a Constitutional Court ruling in May 2017.
InterPride said in a statement they were “surprised to learn” the news and while they were disappointed, respected the decision.
In the end. Obviously Taiwan is not proud enough to handle this event.
Taiwan blamed “political considerations” for the cancellation of WorldPride 2025 Taiwan after it said the organizers had insisted the word “Taiwan” be removed.https://t.co/dvozY2NU7u— CNN International (@cnni) August 14, 2022