DC loses bid to host WorldPride 2025 to Taiwan

Kaohsiung City – Photo by Young Master Mao Mao / Wikimedia Commons

InterPride, the umbrella organization for more than 300 international Pride organizations across 60 countries, awarded Taiwan-based Kaohsiung Pride its biannual WorldPride 2025 event, which shattered hopes from Washington, DC’s Capital Pride Alliance, which had made a particularly robust bid for the popular biennial event.

The member organizations of InterPride voted between the two finalist cities during their General Assembly and World Conference in 2021, which was held practically from 6-14. November.

WorldPride is presented every two years in a different city and includes parades, marches, festivals, grand opening and closing ceremonies and additional cultural activities, such as a human rights conference. Kaohsiung City, the third most populous metropolis in Taiwan, will be the first region in East Asia to host a WorldPride celebration.

InterPride praised “hard work, dedication and passion” from both the Capital Pride Alliance and Kaohsiung Pride for submitting their bids.

“The Capital Pride Alliance congratulates Kaohsiung Pride on being awarded the opportunity to produce WorldPride 2025,” CEO Ryan Bos said in a statement. “We send them our deepest wishes for a successful event.

“Capital Pride will spend the next three years continuing with our long-term plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pride in Washington DC in June 2025.”

“WorldPride Taiwan Team 2025 would like to thank everyone before us who paved the way, thank InterPride who built this wonderful organization and platform and thank our supporters who have provided this amazing opportunity for Taiwan and Asia,” Darien Chen, the official spokesman for Kaohsiung Pride, said in a statement.

“This is the beginning of a four-year journey that we plan to embark on change in Asia, to advance InterPride’s mission and promote human rights in the world.”

Brings WorldPride to [the East Asia] region for the first time will have a significant impact on the much-needed human rights visibility and awareness of the LGBTQIA + community there, while allowing millions to participate from surrounding countries and territories including China, Hong Kong, Japan, South . Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia, “said Julian Sanjivan, co-president of InterPride, in a statement.

The next WorldPride celebration will be held in Sydney, Australia, in 2023.

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