Gay parade today
Some 60 social groups representing politics, academia, culture, the arts and entertainment are expected to join in an alternative lifestyle parade in downtown Taipei today, an organizer of the event said yesterday. The Taiwan Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Parade's organizing committee executive secretary, Wu Hsu-niang (巫緒樑), noted that the planned march has also won the support of many popular singers and TV celebrities, including Sandee Chen (陳珊妮), who will participate in a musical rally at the Red Theater in Hsimenting at the end of the parade. Although the annual march no longer enjoys the financial support it received last year from the city government, when it drew a great deal of attention from local and foreign media, Wu said, they will still put on a colorful activity filled with music to project the "happy image of the homosexual street party."
Proposed peace law fails
The draft cross-strait peace promotion law proposed by the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the People First Party (PFP) failed to get its first reading in the legislative sitting yesterday after the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus showed objection to the bill. The bill proposes to have the Legislative Yuan establish a special ad hoc committee to push and participate in the cross-strait negotiation. The bill passed through the Procedure Committee on Tuesday with the pan-blue camp in majority. But now the DPP caucus had rejected the bill to get a first reading, the bill has to go through the Procedure Committee session again to get a first reading. The DPP caucus said the bill was impractical and might violate the administrative power.