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Taiwan Pride parade celebrates LGBT rights and COVID-19 response

More than 100,000 people take to Taipei's streets, many in rainbow face masks

An LGBT activist takes part in Taiwan's pride parade, the world's biggest since the coronavirus outbreak, on Oct. 31.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- More than 100,000 people, many wearing rainbow face masks and waving rainbow flags, took to the streets of Taipei on Saturday for the world's largest LGBT pride parade since the coronavirus outbreak was declared a pandemic in March.

Taiwan, which became the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage last year, has tamed the virus through strict travel restrictions, contact-tracing and face mask distribution, and has now gone 202 days without a local transmission. The pride event is seen by many in Taiwan as a double celebration of LGBT rights and the island's handling of COVID-19.

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