The Taiwan LGBT Pride Parade celebrated its 18th anniversary over the weekend in Taipei. Approximately 130,000 people showed up during the event, including Melvin Sia (谢佳见).
The Sarawak-born actor made headlines when he was seen kissing a male companion while they were walking the streets with other pro-LGBTQ people.
Both Melvin and his male friend were seen in matching outfits (white t-shirts and denim jackets) during the parade. According to onlookers, the crowd cheered for the couple when they decided to lock lips in front of everybody.
The 41-year-old star has been based in Taiwan for the past 8 years since he made it to the Top 6 of regional talent show Star Search in 2003. “When I first moved to Taiwan, it was a new environment and no one knew me. It was tough for me to move forward. But I am a tough person too, and I wanted to be successful. I did not want to fail. So I kept going on,” he recently told The Sun Daily.
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As aforementioned, around 130,000 people showed up for the 18th Pride march, which is down from 2019’s record of 200,000 participants due to travel restrictions. Taiwan has achieved a milestone of going more than 200 days without a local Covid-19 transmission.
Melvin, who has been focusing on his acting career in the Taiwan and China markets, said, “I am still a Malaysian, but I hold permanent resident status in Taiwan. I shoot for it all over Taiwan. Taiwan actually handled the Covid-19 situation much better than many other countries. In fact, shooting for TV and film (projects) has already began here. I was supposed to do some shooting in China, but we can’t go there now. So I am waiting. Perhaps at the end of the year.”
So who was the mysterious man that got intimate with Melvin during the pride march? A representative from Kimchi Han clarified that the co-stars were shooting a mini-series titled “Papa & Daddy”, at the time.
Source: China Press.