— by Jessica Lee Meeter & Greeter on Gays.com
“One word sums up Hsinchu’s rainbow festival quiet neatly: AWESOME. Unless you had known beforehand, there was no way to discern that this was the city’s first ever pride festival. The booths were diverse and busy, the attendees filled the venue to bursting, and the entertainment was gripping and heartfelt. The staff and volunteers of Gisneyland did an amazing job. “
I arrived around noon in Hsinchu and got to the Gisneyland center to help the volunteers prep for the event. Check out the volunteers getting into costume! They had been practicing the choreography for weeks at the center!
I had brought some little gifts from Gays.com, including buttons and stickers emblazoned with the phrase “love has no gender”, and they were immediately snatched up by volunteers and attendees. Note to self, Taiwanese LOVE buttons. I ran out so quickly, I had to give up the button I had on my shirt! Here are members of the Tong-Kwang Light House Presbyterian Church choir performing, every single one of them wearing one of our buttons!
There numerous performances and speakers, ranging from the Tong-Kwang Light House Presbyterian Church Choir, to the dance troupe Rainbow Generation, to the a capella group The Public Bath House, to a performance by DJ Herric Pu, to lesbian rock band Minus 30, and even a performance of Lady Gaga’s “Judas” by the volunteers and staff of Gisneyland themselves.
One of the two of the most heartfelt moments during the festivities was the “Rainbow Wishes and Dreams Take Flight” ceremony, where attendees released balloons and lanterns into the sky. The other moment was watching the wedding ceremony of Cash and Shane, which would be the first public same sex wedding ceremony for two aborigine Taiwanese. Be sure to check out all the photos in my album… you can’t tell just by looking, but I was absolutely bawling by the end of it.
All in all, Hsinchu’s Pride Festival was a BLAST, and I was so happy to meet other Gays.com members there! Eric and I [and a couple others] will be at Taipei Pride as well, so stay tuned and hope to see you there!