Utopia opened Southeast Asia’s first gay and
lesbian center, located in Bangkok, featuring
a gay gift and book shop, café, mixed gay/lesbian
pub, and guesthouse. The center went on to host author
readings, women’s workshops, AIDS/HIV education and
fundraising, and Bangkok’s first International Lesbian
and Gay Film/Video Festival: Hearts of Light.
On December 13, 1995 we launched the Utopia-Asia.com
website, the first portal providing up-to-date
pan-Asian information in a non-pornographic format.
archive of the Utopia website is available
from 1996 onwards. Our website went on to garner recognition
from TIME Magazine, Lonely Planet, Yahoo!, Gay Times,
Advocate and BBC World Service.
Utopia was a founding sponsor of the first Bangkok
Gay Festival in 1999, the first Pattaya Gay Festival
in 2001, and the Thailand Alternative Travel Association.
We also sponsored the Phuket Gay Festival and are
an active member and media partner of Bangkok Pride.
An annual Utopia Awards was established in 2000
to give special recognition to gay and lesbian
pioneers in Asia and other worthy groups and individuals
who have made outstanding contributions to our community.
In 2005 we published 10 Utopia Guides to the region starting with China, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.
Utopia continues to pursue its original goal to
improve the lives of Asian lesbians and gay men,
to build community, and to foster a deeper understanding
of gay life in the region.
The Utopia Asia website remains the Internet's most popular and comprehensive English-language resource for the multi-faceted homosexual subcultures of Asia.
"Perhaps the best and least commercially biased online resource for planning gay-friendly Asian travel ...A fantastic online resource for all things gay in Asia."-- Passport Magazine
"Utopia dispenses gay travel advice on around two dozen countries. The editorial team maintain a cleanly laid-out directory of clubs, cruising areas and gay-friendly accommodations from Kathmandu to Kyoto, while site users contribute up-to-the-minute recommendations about new hot spots, newly-closed venues, and warnings from their own travels. The site's no-frills design conceals a richness of content that is unique and indispensable for gay travelers. Here, you can learn everything from how to find your way to that back-alley gay sake bar in Hiroshima and what scams to avoid if you're out and about in Phnom Penh. Unlike many other gay travel sites, Utopia doesn't concentrate on high-end package travel alone, and adventurers and backpackers are well catered for. This approach gives numerous grass roots organizations a much needed profile." -- GayDemon
"...broad-ranging, up-to-date information on Shanghai's gay scene." -- The New York Times