Asia's largest LGBTQ Pride parade will take place on the last Saturday in October -- not in bustling Bangkok but in Taiwan's capital, Taipei. This year's celebrations promise to be particularly upbeat. In May, Taiwan's legislature became the first in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage.
Already, ripple effects are being felt throughout the region: In Thailand, a bipartisan consensus has emerged on legalizing same-sex unions, and in socially conservative Japan, opposition lawmakers have announced their support for equal marriage. Why is Taiwan at the center of this sea change?