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.
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.
Beside the rainbow landscape, Taipei City Government has set up a smashingly cute figurine “Chicken Basic Rights” that brims with happiness.
It will accompany all of you from October 9th until the end of October to secure happiness! The figurine designer is Depression Ji, the illustrator of the internet’s popular “Zoo of Depression.” She notes that “marriage and family are ‘basic human rights’ regardless of gender and sexual orientation; a couple loving each other is entitled to marriage and having a family; therefore, she adopted the image of large and small chickens getting together and used the same sound of ‘Ji’ (chicken/basic) to advocate ‘Chicken Human Rights (basic human rights).’”
She is also glad that Taipei City Government agreed to set up the rainbow landscape to show its support for LGBT. “It is hoped that visitors will take pictures with the ‘Rainbow Starting Line’ and adorable ‘Chicken Human Rights’ when passing by the landscape. Let’s go hand in hand together in the quest for gender equality.”
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
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