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Taiwan - free and natural - not only filled with tropical beauty and geographic splendor, but it is one of Asia's most progressive countries for LGBT rights, and certainly the most liberal of the Chinese diaspora. Not only does the government of Taipei print up its own free guide to the gay community, but school children are taught about homosexuality and tolerance for sexual minorities. Taiwan's first Gay Pride Festival was held on Sunday, June 29, 1997 at 2-28 Memorial Park (New Park) in Taipei (a favorite cruise spot at night). Over 30 gay organizations chose to celebrate in the sunlight at this location of Pai Hsien-Yung's famous gay novel, Crystal Boys.
Taiwanese lesbians are visible everywhere, especially on the streets of Taipei.
Taiwan is a fun, sexy and relaxed gay holiday destination. Whether you want a romantic weekend get-away, an endless variety of fresh and tasty local foods, gorgeous and dramatic nature, trendy clubs open late for partying, or shopping sprees at the latest designer malls, Taiwan should be on your LGBT holiday itinerary in Asia!
- Additional links for Taiwan GLBT information.
- Asian Lesbian Film & Video Festival
(886-2) 8251-0105, FAX 8251-0106, email. ALFF seeks to initiate dialogue around media representations of and by lesbians/lazi/lala/tongzhi/t/po/queer persons in an inter-Asian context so that communities within Asia could share images and stories made in their own region by and about Asians in Asian societies and build a forum for the lesbian and queer communities to discuss issues including visibility, media representation, gender and sexuality, relationships among women, family and community, violence and social justice.
- Between Women
8931-1533, email. Taiwan's first lesbian organization, founded in 1990.
Info on Taiwan's annual pride festivities. Here's a scene from the Taiwan LGBT Pride Parade 2007...
Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association
12/F #70 Roosevelt Rd, Sec 2 (near Guting MRT), 2392-1969, email. Founded in 1998, TTHA became the first nationally registered LGBT association in the country. They are located in a large, prime location, with offices and facilities for hosting meetings of various LGBT groups. Their private hotlines are open Thu-Mon, from 7pm-10pm, with three full-time workers and 40 volunteers to answer calls. They have an education committee than manages programs in schools, and also programs aimed at AIDS/HIV prevention. TTHA has also formed alliances with other tongzhi groups and participates in gay rights demonstrations. Their mission remains the eradication of prejudice against queer people and full civil rights for sexual marginals.
KAOHSIUNG -- area code (886-7)
Population is 1.5 million (that's 60,000 Utopians).
P.O. Box 1282, Kaohsiung. Gay and lesbian organization promoting the development of homosexual identity and the improvement of G&L life in society.
Click here for Kaohsiung hotels and accommodations.
176 Siwei 4th Rd, email. A gay and lesbian club. Tsake the MRT red line to Sanduo Shopping District Station, then take a cab (within 1km). It's a whole new club with a stage, a large dance floor, a long bar, and many sofa booths. Main colors are purple with black. Luxury with low-profile. They serve various kinds of fine beverages at decent prices.
- Marui (gay and lesbian)
No. 120 Shing Tieb Rd, 271-4523. Stylish gay-owned coffee shop with karaoke club downstairs. The owner speaks Japanese. Gay magazines on sale. Monthly special shows.
TAINAN -- area code (886-6)
Population is over 750,000 (that's about 30,000 Utopians).
- Light (mixed)
72 Zhong-yi 3rd Rd, 225-1781. Small place that is busiest on Fri nights. Locals, expats and visitors. Mostly gays, some lesbians and some straight women also. The staff are friendly and helpful about the gay scene.
- Music Town Karaoke(mixed)
11/F, 9, 72 Huan-he West Rd, Chinatown Theater/Shopping Complex (near the river), 220-8800, 223-1262. Turn left after getting out of the elevator. Friendly, mature crowd. Some English speaking staff. Fairly easy to find and a good place to get other business cards. Mostly gay, lesbians on occasion. Take bus number 6 from the train station and get off at Da-yong stop. Look out for China Town Building or China Town Cinema.
Min-chuan 2nd Rd. Some gay and lesbian customers.
- Fu Low
1-22 Sha Lin Rd, 229-6535. Modern and clean setting for an open-air Taiwan-style restaurant, serving seafood, fresh local dishes and beer.
- Lemon Mini (mixed), 229-6535. Tea shop.
TAIPEI -- area code (886-2)
Population is 2.7 million (that's over 100,000 Utopians).
Navigating the local gay scene is easy with our interactive Utopia Map of Gay & Lesbian Taipei:
Lesbian Wellness Center
2F, No. 7-14, Alley 8, Lane 210, Sec 3, Roosevelt Rd, 098-842-3411, email. Western tarot and traditional eastern I-Ching readings for LGBT by a lesbian. This workshop was created as a way to give back and provide for the community. Openly discuss matters such as lesbian relationships, career and family. In addition to everyday matters, they also explore matters of the mind, heart and soul.
Empress Lounge (mixed) UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2012
1F, No. 13, Alley 5, Lane 147, Sec 1, Keelung Rd, Utopia Map, 2749-5956. Gay-owned, straight-friendly bar with a neighborhood feeling and contemporary decor mixing gothic and Old World flavors. The owner has filled his large club with quality sound equipment, comfortable couches and eclectic furnishings to create a space designed for Generation Y to network, share, date, and matchmake (the owner has brought together more than half a dozen couples). Gender rules and attitude are left at the door. Crowd is a mix of 25-35yo young professionals. Lesbian bartender and some lesbian customers also. Open daily 9pm-3am. 信義區基隆路一段147巷5弄13號1F，100
156 JianGuo North Rd, Sect 1 (across the street from Café Grazie), 2515-2228. About a 15 minute walk from the Nanjing Dong Lu MRT stop. Tomboy club for women only. Young crowd. 建國北路1段156號
B1 No.6 An He Rd., Sec.1, 2755-1076-7. Big place with karaoke and dance floor. 安和路1段6號 地下室
51-B1, Sec. 2, Heping E. Rd. On Fri night lesbians party here.和平東路2段51號地下室
PARK UTOPIA VERIFIED JUN 2013, UTOPIA VISITED MAY 2012
B1F, 153-2 Yanji St, Da'an Dist, Utopia Map, 2740-0080, 095-381-3088, email. Close to the junction of Zhongxiao E. Rd, Sec. 4 and Yanji St, easily accessible by underground and taxi. With its contemporary and modern interior, PARK attracts young gays, lesbians and gay-friendly bar-goers who appreciate its simplicity. It is a gathering place for close friends and a social ground for new, exciting encounters. Specialty drinks include PARK Tea, Yellow Mojito and Saving Tears. Cute and good looking waiters and bartenders. Help yourself to the eye-candy all night long. Utopia Member Discount
Red House UTOPIA VISITED JUL 2014
No. 51, Lane 10, Chengdu Rd, Utopia Map. This heritage cultural complex houses has become a de facto gay shopping center with more than a dozen LGBT and queer-friendly bars and shops. To get there take the Metro to Ximen Station Exit 1, and it's right in front of you. There are two floors. G/F has a series of bars and restaurants starting with the BAD.TW gay shop and ending with the busy Sol bar. Between these you have a dozen rainbow establishments. And don't overlook the venues on 2/F. It is mainly al fresco and can get cold and wet in the winter, so wrap up well if you visit then. Some of the bars have no toilets and this means a walk to public bathrooms. Lively most nights and packed on weekends. The partying runs into the wee hours. 西門紅樓廣場
- Eslite (Dun-Hua store)
2/F, 245 Dun-Hua S. Rd, Section 1, (near Jen-Ai Circle), 2775-5977. Flagship store of this upmarket book chain is open 24 hours every day. Quite cruisy, with a fairly well-stocked gay and lesbian section. MRT Nan-kang line, Zhong-xiao Tun-hua station. 敦化南路1段245號(仁愛圓環)
- Eslite (NTU store)
98 Xin-sheng South 3rd Rd, 2362-6312. MRT Hsintien line, KungKuan station. 新生南路3段98號
- GinGin's UTOPIA VERIFIED MAY 2012
1/F No. 8, Alley 8, Lane 210, Roosevelt Rd, Section 3 (close to Taipower Subway Station and 10-minutes from National Taiwan University), 2364-2006, email. Next to the gay Hours café. Gay and lesbian book shop with pride goods, DVDs, gifts, and gay magazines from the region. They welcome visitors from all over the world. Open daily from 11am-10pm. Friendly staff, some English spoken. 羅斯福路3段208巷8弄8號1樓
Love Boat UTOPIA VERIFIED JAN 2013|
1F, No. 11, Lane 240, Sec 3, Roosevelt Rd, Zhongzheng Dist, Utopia Map, 2364-8757, email. This friendly and colorful lesbian shop sells gifts, jewelry, clothes and decor but it specializes in custom male-style clothing for tomboys who normally can't find small sizes in men's fashion.
TAOYUAN -- area code (886-3)
Population is over 360,000 (that's about 15,000 Utopians).
No. 33 Nan Hua St, 339-5798. Gay and lesbian night on Fri.
Happy hatters at Pink Dot Singapore 2014.