What Caused the Cancellation of WorldPride Taiwan 2025? Our Discussion with David Yu

In August the news broke that WorldPride Taiwan 2025 was no longer going to be hosted by Taiwan.

Less than a year ago, InterPride and Taiwan had celebrated the selection of Kaohsiung Pride’s bid over the Capital Pride Alliance of Washington D.C. to host WorldPride 2025 in Taiwan. The announcement about WorldPride Taiwan 2025 was hugely significant since Taiwan was the first country in Asia to legalize same sex marriage in 2019 and It would be the first ever WorldPride event to be held in East Asia.

My listeners will recall that we did an episode about this news last December with Darien Chen in episode 162.

What had happened to make Kaohsiung Pride and the Taiwan Preparation Committee decide to withdraw from hosting WorldPride Taiwan 2025?

In August I came across a tweet about the cancellation by Bi-Khim Hsiao, Taiwan’s Representative to the United States. She had tweeted an article written by David Yu, Don’t Sacrifice Taiwan in the Fight for LGBT Rights. The article had been published in Foreign Policy.

I reached out David and I invited him to come onto Talking Taiwan as a guest to discuss and reflect on what happened. David is Contractor CTO of an LA-based life sciences startup.

I also reached out to the Kaohsiung Pride committee, and InterPride for comment but have not received any responses to date.

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Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

Related Links:

David Yu on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidscoped/

Don’t Sacrifice Taiwan in the Fight for LGBT Rights (an article from Foreign Policy by David Yu): https://foreignpolicy.com/2022/08/18/taiwan-pride-worldpride-lgbt-rights-china/

Bi-khim Hsiao’s tweet of the article that David wrote about the cancellation of WorldPride 2025 https://twitter.com/bikhim/status/1560400362649051141?s=20&t=fqVDTwuGB3Rlq9aMXW4yVQ

Interpride’s PRESS RELEASE: WORLDPRIDE 2025 BID WON BY KAOHSIUNG PRIDE IN A HISTORIC VOTE FOR THE GLOBAL AND EAST ASIAN LGBTQIA+ COMMUNITIES: https://medium.com/interpride/press-release-worldpride-2025-bid-won-by-kaohsiung-pride-in-a-historic-vote-for-the-global-and-df593dbc67eb

InterPride’s tweet in November 2021 announcing Taiwan as the host of WorldPride 2025: https://twitter.com/InterPride/status/1460562588916490241

Taiwan WorldPride 2025 Facebook page’s announcement about hostin WorldPride 2025: https://www.facebook.com/TaiwanWorldPride2025/photos/a.105715588593299/105714128593445/

Taiwan to Host 1st WorldPride in East Asia: Why That’s Important (an article from The Diplomat): https://thediplomat.com/2021/11/taiwan-to-host-1st-worldpride-in-east-asia-why-thats-important/

Statement from the Taiwan WorldPride 2025 Facebook page regarding the termination of hosting WorldPride 2025 (August 2022): http://bitly.ws/ydQv

Taiwan blames politics for cancellation of global Pride event (an article from Reuters): https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/taiwan-blames-politics-cancellation-global-pride-event-2022-08-12/

WorldPride Taiwan 2025 Canceled Over Name Dispute (an article from Metro Weekly): https://www.metroweekly.com/2022/08/worldpride-taiwan-2025-canceled-over-name-dispute/

Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ (Taiwan) response Regarding InterPride forcing the WorldPride 2025 Taiwan Preparation Committee to cancel WorldPride 2025: https://en.mofa.gov.tw/News_Content.aspx?n=1328&sms=273&s=98320

InterPride’s tweet suggesting using the name WorkdPride Kaohsiung, Taiwan:


LGBTQ RIGHTS/InterPride gave no ‘Kaohsiung, Taiwan’ option: WorldPride 2025 organizers (an article from Focus Taiwan): https://focustaiwan.tw/society/202208140005

Melissa Chan: https://www.melissachan.com/

Deutsche Welle: https://www.dw.com/

Intercollegiate Taiwanese American Students (ITASA): https://itasa.org/

The 228 Incident/Massacre: https://228massacre.org/



2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan: https://www.fifa.com/tournaments/mens/worldcup/2002korea-japan

Guzifer Is Finally Married. When Will All of Taiwan’s Same Sex Transnational Couples Be Able To?(an article from the News Lens): https://international.thenewslens.com/article/155820

League of Nations: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/League_of_Nations

What the Federal ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Actually Says (an article from Education Week): https://www.edweek.org/policy-politics/what-the-federal-dont-say-gay-bill-actually-says/2022/11

Russia’s Gay propaganda law: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_gay_propaganda_law

Why is Taiwan not called Taiwan at the Olympics? (an article from The Economic Times): https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/world-news/why-is-taiwan-not-called-taiwan-at-the-olympics/articleshow/89315133.cms

Why is Taiwan competing in the Olympics under ‘Chinese Taipei’? (an article from The Conversation): https://theconversation.com/why-is-taiwan-competing-in-the-olympics-under-chinese-taipei-175895

Harvey Milk: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Milk

Gay Games Guadalajara and Hong Kong: https://gaygames.org/Gay-Games-11

Hong Kong Gay Games Founder & Co-Chair Dennis Philipse Resigns (an article from the Star Observer): https://www.starobserver.com.au/news/hong-kong-gay-games-founder-co-chair-dennis-philipse-resigns/209960

Guadalajara to co-host 2023 Gay Games with Hong Kong (an article from the Washington Blade): https://www.washingtonblade.com/2022/02/17/guadalajara-to-co-host-2023-gay-games-with-hong-kong%EF%BF%BC/

Taiwan Hosts WorldPride 2025: Our Conversation with Darien Chen and Amazin LeThi (Episode 162): https://talkingtaiwan.com/taiwan-hosts-worldpride-2025-our-conversation-with-darien-chen-and-amazin-lethi-ep-162/

Joyce Teng: The Struggles Facing Couples of Same Sex Marriage in Taiwan (Episode 193): https://talkingtaiwan.com/joyce-teng-the-struggles-facing-couples-of-same-sex-marriage-in-taiwan-ep-193/

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Felicia Lin is the producer and host of Talking Taiwan, the longest running Taiwan-related podcast, and Golden Crane Podcast Award Winner.

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Felicia Lin

Felicia Lin is the producer and host of Talking Taiwan, the longest running Taiwan-related podcast, and Golden Crane Podcast Award Winner.