Completed in 1921, the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei was originally the Jiancheng Elementary School during the Japanese Colonial Period. It then became the office building of Taipei City Government after WWII. In 2001, the building was renovated and transformed into the only “contemporary art museum” in Taiwan; it is now regarded as a new landmark on the Taipei cultural map.
In 2017, the Judicial Yuan released the ruling, entitled Interpretation No. 748, announcing that the current Civil Code is unconstitutional. That is, the same-sex marriage was no longer prohibited. In the same year, as an official art museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei also held relevant exhibitions named "Spectrosythesis- Asian LGBTQ Issues and Art Now." The US media, CNN, reported it and made it the headline on CNN’s home page.
The LGBT exhibition in the official museum means that the government has taken a positive attitude towards LGBT Rights. The Judicial Yuan in Taiwan released the interpretation No. 748, announcing that the current Civil Code which prohibits gay marriage is unconstitutional. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei said that it is an exhibition of epoch-making historical significance for reflecting the trend in 2017.
On the 17th of May 2019, Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage. Taipei City, thanks to the efforts of various organizations, set up rainbow landscaping, the "Rainbow Six", at exit No.6 of Ximen MRT Station on the 25th of September, symbolizing Taipei City's respect for human rights and its active efforts in promoting sex equality and gender friendliness. This new rainbow landscape also became a popular tourist check-in attraction of Taipei City.
LGBT friendly spaces
There are a lot of LGBT friendly spaces in Taipei City. The Taiwan Tongzhi (LGBTQ) Hotline Association, which is dedicated to achieving LGBT equality and a voice for LGBT people, has compiled the list of stores into several categories such as LGBT friendly, lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders. The list includes coffee shops, hot pot restaurants, bookstores and shops of related supplies.
For Details, see:
Taiwan Tongzhi (LGBT) Hotlin Association
For more information about the LGBT friendly shops and maps, please check the website of the Taipei friendly stores
Taiwan LGBT Pride
Taiwan Pride is the annual LGBT pride held in Taipei City since 2003. It is held on the last Saturday of October each year. Currently it is the largest gay pride event in Asia which attracts participants from all over Taiwan, social activists and LGBT groups in neighboring countries. Their main goal is to unite the masses and build a pluralistic, inclusive and respectful society in Taiwan.
Highlights of the 2018 Taiwan LGBT Pride
Rainbow flag of the 2018 Taiwan LGBT Pride
Highlights of the LGBT Pride near Taipei Station
Participants on the pedestrian bridge waved rainbow flags.
The contingent of 2018 Taiwan LGBT Pride paraders on Hengyang Road
The contingent of 2018 Taiwan LGBT Pride paraders on Guanqian Rd
Image sources: Organizer of 2019 Taiwan LGBT Pride