今年跨性別遊行也得到來自國際的祝福與支持，熱線邀請來自菲律賓的跨性別移工Chane和Jessy，期盼大家能夠用自身的故事改變世界。來自荷蘭的2023年國際皇后小姐（Miss International Queen）Solange Dekker、和蒙古同志中心的執行長 Enkhmaa Enkhbold，一同上台喊話聲援跨性別的權益，也給予在場所有支持跨性別權益的人最大的鼓勵與讚揚。
此次也是跨性別遊行首次加入來自企業的協力夥伴，長期關注且重視 LGBTQ+ 社群的Activision、Blizzard 和 King表示：「驕傲（Pride）對我們至關重要，它是我們對遊戲表達熱愛的一種方式。」，公司旗下遊戲不僅提供全球數百萬的玩家史詩級的娛樂體驗，更讓他們在充滿歡樂和團結的世界認識自己。
[Post-Event Press Release] The 5th Taiwan Trans March in 2023: 5,000 People Walked a Transgender Journey Together
On the evening of 27 October 2023, the Taiwan Tongzhi (LGBTQ+) Hotline Association (Hotline) organized the 5th Taiwan Trans March in Ximending, Taipei. Over 5,000 individuals participated, surpassing the 3,000 attendees from the previous year, solidifying this event as the largest transgender pride parade in Asia. The parade's theme for this year was "Walking a Transgender Path Together," aiming to encourage ongoing societal awareness of transgender issues and the embrace of gender diversity.
During the parade, Hotline invited transgender individuals to share their personal stories to increase public understanding of their experiences. Deven, a transgender male, highlighted the anxiety transgender individuals often face in the workplace regarding pronoun usage and restroom facilities. He called for more neutral language usage and for the creation of all-gender-friendly restrooms to improve the workplace environment. Volunteer Alice discussed the challenges transgender individuals encounter in healthcare settings, from initial registration to receiving medical treatment, due to discrepancies in gender markers on identification documents. She emphasized the importance of Hotline's identification stickers to reduce anxiety among transgender individuals when accessing healthcare resources. Besides, openly came-out transgender actor Miya shared their personal story, encouraging everyone to embrace their uniqueness and be proud of themselves, even if they don't fit into society's traditional frameworks. Additionally, Ms. Weng, a teacher from Lujiang Elementary School in New Taipei City, expressed her hope for using education to dispel fear and misconceptions about transgender individuals in society. Comrades, including Yu-Xuan from Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnership Rights (TAPCPR) and Taiwan Non-Binary Queer Sluts, who offered assistance on issues related to law and gender identity, also took the stage to voice their support.
This year, Taiwan Trans March received international support and blessings. The Hotline invited transgender migrant workers Chane and Jessy from the Philippines to share their stories in hopes of inspiring global change. Besides, Solange Dekker, the 2023 Miss International Queen from the Netherlands, and Enkhmaa Enkhbold, the Executive Director of the Mongolian LGBT Center, provided encouragement to those advocating for transgender rights.
It was noteworthy that a number of corporations backed the Trans March for the first time this year. “Pride is essential for us as a means of expressing our passion for gaming,” noted Blizzard Entertainment Taiwan, Activision, and King, who have long championed the LGBTQ+ community. The remarkable games crafted by these partners offer not only millions of players worldwide an epic entertainment experience but also create a world teeming with joy and unity, allowing individuals to explore their true selves.
Furthermore, Mr. Peng, the general manager of Gilead Sciences Taiwan Branch, a long-standing LGBTQ+ ally, expressed, “To learn more about the transgender community, we’ve invited volunteers of Hotline to our office to share the challenges faced by the community. Gilead recognizes the importance of fostering an inclusive workplace environment where all individuals are not only understood but also respected. I am thrilled to lead colleagues from Taiwan and worldwide in this parade, demonstrating our unwavering support through tangible actions.”
In terms of performances, drag queen Fei Li Bing opened the parade with a moving tribute to those who have passed away and a call for unity, hoping to create a brotherhood and sisterhood among the attendees. In the second half of the event, Huang Xiaoai, last year's guest performer, returned to the stage to express her hope for better times ahead for transgender individuals through the song “A Flash and How It Lasts” (the song title means “the best time” in Mandarin). Besides, openly out transgender musician Rachel and the P!SCO band delivered a powerful closing performance, using their music to uplift the transgender community in Taiwan and encourage them to walk a unique transgender path.
At the end of the event, the Hotline's coordinator of transgender issues and volunteers from the southern office shared their journey of accompanying and advocating for the transgender community. They expressed their hope to be a source of support for transgender individuals and to improve their social circumstances through companionship, education, and advocacy. They aim to empower those who have felt uncomfortable due to the binary gender framework and all individuals who want to be their true selves, making everyone part of a more diverse and inclusive society. Let's walk this path together, transcending gender norms, and create a world where everyone can be comfortable and at ease