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More Than 120,000 People In Taiwan Held A Massive Pride Parade To Celebrate LGBTQ Rights

Some 120,000 people braved the rain and took part in a LGBTQ pride parade in Taiwan's capital of Taipei on Oct. 29 in a massive celebration of LGBTQ rights.

Some 120,000 people braved the rain and took part in a LGBTQ pride parade in Taiwan’s capital of Taipei on Saturday Oct. 29 in a massive celebration of LGBTQ rights.

Dressed in colorful costumes, attendees marched around the capital, dancing, singing and waving rainbow flags in the first pride parade since borders opened.

In 2019, Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage, and it is seen as a beacon for LGBTQ rights in Asia.

“I’m very proud that Taiwan has Pride,” 28-year-old social worker Chang Chi, who attended the parade with her girlfriend told Reuters. “Taiwan is the first place where same-sex marriage was legalized in Asia. That’s not possible in many countries. Taiwan is a place where you can be who you are.”

Here are some of the best photos from the day.

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People pose for a photo during the annual pride parade in Taipei, Taiwan, October 29, 2022. (Photo by Ann Wang / Reuters)
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A girl with rainbow-colored makeup poses for a photo during the annual pride parade in Taipei, Taiwan, October 29, 2022. (Photo by Ann Wang / Reuters)
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A couple kiss in front of cameras as they attend the annual Taipei Pride Parade on a rainy day on October 29, 2022 in Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo by Annabelle Chih/Getty Images)
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People cheer for cameras as they attend the annual Taipei Pride Parade on a rainy day on October 29, 2022 in Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo by Annabelle Chih/Getty Images)
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Performers dance on a truck during the annual Taipei Pride Parade on a rainy day on October 29, 2022 in Taipei, Taiwan (Photo by Annabelle Chih/Getty Images)
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People dance during the annual pride parade in Taipei, Taiwan, October 29, 2022. (Photo by Ann Wang / Reuters)
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Attendees during a Pride parade in Taipei, Taiwan, on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. (Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg)
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A man hoists a huge rainbow flag as they attend the annual Taipei Pride Parade on a rainy day on October 29, 2022 in Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo by Annabelle Chih/Getty Images)
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People dress up for the annual Taipei Pride Parade on a rainy day on October 29, 2022 in Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo by Annabelle Chih/Getty Images)
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A woman holds a placard during the annual Taipei Pride Parade on a rainy day on October 29, 2022 in Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo by Annabelle Chih/Getty Images)

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