Global LGBT event scrapped over Taiwan name flap

Global LGBT event scrapped over Taiwan name flap

Taipei government regrets that InterPride gave in to 'political considerations'

Newlyweds are cheered by well-wishers after registering their marriage in Taipei, after Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage in 2019. (Reuters Photo)
Newlyweds are cheered by well-wishers after registering their marriage in Taipei, after Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage in 2019. (Reuters Photo)

TAIPEI: An international LGBT gathering in Taiwan has been cancelled after its global organisers demanded the removal of the self-ruled island’s name from the 2025 event — a move denounced by the government.

Taiwan is claimed by China, complicating its participation on the world stage and restricting its formal diplomatic relations.

WorldPride Taiwan 2025 said it cancelled the gathering after the organisers InterPride asked to change the name of the event to “WorldPride Kaohsiung”, naming it after the southern Taiwanese host city instead.

The government of Taiwan blamed politics for interfering with the event — which it said would have been the first of its kind in Asia, and would have advanced regional diversity and equality.

“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,” Taipei’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

“Not only does the decision disrespect Taiwan’s rights and diligent efforts, it also harms Asia’s vast LGBTIQ+ community.”

InterPride did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Many major world organisations, including the International Olympic Committee and most other sports bodies, for years have referred to Taiwan as “Chinese Taipei” in order to avoid offending Beijing.

Taiwan, which won a bid to host the WorldPride event last year, is in the vanguard of a burgeoning gay rights movement in Asia and was first in the region to legalise same-sex marriage.

The WorldPride committee said it took the decision “for the best interest of the LGBTIQ+ community in Taiwan” and that members would resign from their positions.

Taiwan is home to a thriving LGBT community and a record 200,000 people attended a pride march in Taipei in 2019 to celebrate the legalisation of same-sex marriages.


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