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LGBT Pride Map

Taiwan is always the leader of Asian countries for the issue of LGBT and the first country to legalize the gay marriage in Asia. If you want to visit Taipei and know more about LGBT issues while traveling, or you want to find the trace of LGBTs quickly, it won’t go wrong to visit the attractions below.

228 Peace Park - The Rainbow Gate
228 Peace Park- The Rainbow Gate

228 Peace Park - The Rainbow Gate

There are countless parks in Taipei, but the one that belongs to the rainbow group is the 228 Peace Park. According to Wikipedia, 228 Peace Park, formerly known as the "New Park", was once one of the main gathering places for gays in Taipei, and was nicknamed the "company" (a metaphor for checking in for work every day). In early days when information was underdeveloped and the multi-sex cultural consciousness was not yet risen, this was the space where some gays regarded as a place they belonged to, and they could establish their gender identity. The story and the scene of the well-known writer Pai Hsien-yung's literary classic "Crystal Boys" was based on the gay group in this park.

In 2016, in order to promote gender equality, the Taipei City Government Parks Office, the Cultural Affairs Bureau, the Tourism and Communication Bureau, the Taiwan Tongzhi (LGBTQ) Hotline Association, and the Taiwan Companion Rights Promotion Alliance choose 228 Peace Park as the place to create a "Rainbow Landscape". The original grey iron gate was repainted with six-color rainbows to reproduce the gay history of this space and echo the LGBT's equal rights.

Changde Street
Changde Street

Changde Street

On July 30th, 1997, at a temporary police checkpoint at Changde Street, a group of male gays were threatened. Their identity documents were confiscated and they were forcibly brought to the police station. The purpose was to make Changde Street a place that no more gays were willing to go. After this, many discussions on the issue of gay spaces were risen. This is the "Changde Street Incident" in history. Changde Street is a public-used road with a hidden space that once belonged to gays in history, a place of freedom from heterosexual hegemony.

Ketagalan Boulevard, Office of the President
Office of the President

Ketagalan Boulevard, Office of the President

The Ketagalan Boulevard is about 400 meters long and 40 meters wide. At the end of the boulevard sits the Office of the President completed in 1919. On the land of Taiwan, Ketagalan Boulevard and the Office of the President has witnessed many protests in history.

For example, the LGBT pride is held on the last Saturday of October each year. Although the route varies from year to year, Ketagalan Boulevard is usually the assembly place for activities. In 2018 LGBT Pride, it was hoped that the two referenda "the protection of same-sex marital rights with marriage as defined in the Civil Code" and "gender equality education" can be successfully passed in 2018 Taiwanese referendum. Although the results were not as expected, this boulevard still witnessed the power of the rainbow.

Gingin Store
Gingin Store

Gingin Store

People who care about LGBT’s issues must have heard of Gingin Store. Founded on January 1st, 1999, it has participated LGBT prides in Taiwan and fought for LGBT’s rights for a long period of time. It is an important representative and symbol of Taiwan's LGBT movement.

Gingin Store is located in a quiet lane behind the Taipower Building. It is a bookstore and a culture shop with various good products, exhibitions, arts and cultural activities. It is not only a safe, legitimate and warm LGBT space, but also a spiritual indicator in the rainbow kingdom.

The Red House
The Red House

The Red House

The Red House, located in the lively Ximending, is one of the must-see attractions that are popular among domestic and foreign travelers. In the Japanese occupation period, the Red House, commonly known as the Octagon Building, was built by Japanese architect Kondo Shiro in 1908. It is the first officially established public marketplace in Taiwan and a fairly well-preserved level three ancient monument. The "Bagua shape" of the octagonal building at the entrance embodies the meaning of the eight directions as, and the characteristic Cruciform Building with the"cross shape" is the main construction. Together with the adjacent south and north squares, they are called “the Red House.”

Today's Red House is a perfect place to experience cultural creative industries, fashion industries and all kinds of performances. In addition, there is cultural creative industries market during weekends. It is a good choice for people who love the hipster stuff.

It is worth mentioning that a number of gay bars near the Red House have outdoor areas which is open to the public. It is a good place for LGBTs who want to have drinks freely or for LGBT-friendly people to show their support for LGBT culture.

Remarks: If you plan to visit the Red House and want information about food, drink and fun activities, you can also go to the Red House Visitor Center. There are warm and professional travel service staffs to provide detailed travel information and suggestions.

National Taiwan University
National Taiwan University

National Taiwan University

With a long history and a vast campus, National Taiwan University is not only a university, but also a tourist attraction. For example, the 400-meter long Royal Palm Boulevard is the most representative attraction of National Taiwan University. At the end of the boulevardI stands the main library that many tourists like to visit and sometimes you can see couples taking wedding photos there. In addition, Drunken Moon Lake, Fu Bell and NTU Ranch are also popular among tourists.

As the top one university in Taiwan, the LGBT-friendly clubs of the National Taiwan University are flourishing as well, such as “the lesbian culture research society (abbreviated as λ which is pronounced as Lambda) was established in November 1994 and officially registered in school as a formal club. It is the first "legitimate" lesbian student club in Taiwan.

To promote Gender Equality and LGBT Rights , clubs likeNTU Lambda, NTU Student Gender Workshop, NTU Feminism Club, NTU BDSM Club andNTU Gay Chat have also held LGBTQ pride parades in school.

Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei
Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei

Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei was completed in 1921 and was originally "Jian Cheng primary school" dedicated to the education of Japanese children during the Japanese occupation period. After 1945, it was transferred to the office of the Taipei City Government. In 2001, the old office building was renovated and became the only “contemporary art museum” in Taiwan. Since then it has become a new landmark on the cultural map of Taipei.

In 2017, the Judicial Yuan released the ruling, entitled Interpretation No. 748, announcing that the current Civil Code which prohibits same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. In the year when the ruling of Supreme Court Judges was released, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei as an official art museum also exhibited relevant exhibitions named "Spectrosythesis- Asian LGBTQ Issues and Art Now". It not only attracted the US media CNN to report, but also made the headlines 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.

LGBT friendly spaces

In fact, the Taipei City also has a lot of LGPT friendly spaces. The Taiwan Tongzhi (LGBTQ) Hotline Association, which dedicates to achieve LGBT equality and voices 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 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, LGBT groups in neighborhood countries and social activists. What they hope is to unite the power and voices of the public, make Taiwan a pluralistic, respectful and inclusive society.

Highlights of the 2018 Taiwan LGBT Pride

Highlights of the 2018 Taiwan LGBT Pride

Rainbow flag of the 2018 Taiwan LGBT Pride

Rainbow flag of the 2018 Taiwan LGBT Pride

Highlights of the LGBT Pride near Taipei Station

Highlights of the LGBT Pride near Taipei Station

Participants on the pedestrian bridge waved rainbow flags.

Participants on the pedestrian bridge waved rainbow flags.

The contingent of 2018 Taiwan LGBT Pride paraders on Guanqian Rd

The contingent of 2018 Taiwan LGBT Pride paraders on Hengyang Road

The contingent of 2018 Taiwan LGBT Pride paraders on Guanqian Rd

The contingent of 2018 Taiwan LGBT Pride paraders on Guanqian Rd

Image sources: Organizer of 2019 Taiwan LGBT Pride

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