Category Archives: Taipei

By @ 10/23/15 in Gay pride, Gay travel, Taipei, Travel
Taiwan Pride in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Taiwan Pride

Taipei, Taiwan boasts the largest LGBT pride celebration in Asia, scheduled to take place Saturday, October 31. We have been invited to experience the festivities and also visit other parts of this fascinating country that is not (yet) super popular among North American LGBT travelers. But we’ve heard a lot about it already and our Taiwan-born global correspondent Allister Chang covered this up-and-coming gay destination for us in November 2012.

We’ve already been promised the world’s best bubble tea, pineapple cake and foot massages! What else is in store? Visit back here next week and find out. Also be sure to check out our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts for more regular updates. (We will use the hashtag #Taiwan.)

Here’s a map so you know where we are going. China is west of Taiwan; Korea and Japan to the north/northeast; and Philippines to the south.

Map showing Taiwan (the island, center) in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Map showing Taiwan (the island, center)

DOWNLOAD MANABOUTWORLD: We last covered Taipei in November 2012. But check back here for when we’ll include it in our magazine again (probably spring 2016). And be sure to check out our digital gay travel magazine for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorld App on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, iPhones and Android devices. There are a few FREE publications in all of the apps and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, what are you waiting for!

Image: Carrie Kellenberger via Flickr. Map: Courtesy Google Maps.



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By @ 01/12/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Taipei, Travel
How quickly things change. We listed Taipei as one of the 15 Gay Places to go in 2015 because it’s the new gay capital of Asia. We’ve come to know city as an Asian leader of tolerance, of progressive thought and freedom, so the recent police harassment experienced by attendees of gay New Years parties has left us confused and disheartened. A trusted friend of ours reported that “at three separate gay nightclub events, every patron was placed under suspicion and detained for hours with little reasonable cause.” He said the outcome was a vow to not return, though we hope the opposite is true and we are hopeful for a more tolerant future for what should be Asia’s LGBT trailblazer.  And a caution to us all that LGBT progress in conservative cultures is often a bumpy road. In happier Asia news, Vietnam abolished its ban on gay marriage!!!!!  
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By @ 05/01/14 in Gay pride, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Taipei, Travel

gayisgoodIn honor of our massive pride issue that’s about to drop, we thought this classic photo from the first pride parade was fitting. This is Frank Kameny marching in the first Gay Liberation Day in 1970. It’s a strong reminder of just how far the parades have come these past 44 years. Subscribe now and you’ll have access to the best insider information for the biggest pride weekends in the world – New York, San Francisco, Madrid, Tel Aviv, and Taipei!

Photo credit by Kay Tobin


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By @ 02/12/13 in Dining/food/wine, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Taipei, Travel

Homey’s Café is well named

Our new Taipei correspondent, Allister Chang, wishes you a happy Chinese New Year and an auspicious Year of the Snake.

This upcoming snake year, Taipei boasts an appropriately seductive and ostentatious line-up of events. From now until early March, the Taipei Expo Park will host the city’s Lantern Festival, a traditional celebration of light that dates as far back as the 6th century. In June, hundreds of teams will race in the annual Dragon Boat Festival. In October, Taipei will host its 11th Gay Pride, as the first and largest Gay Pride in Asia.

Whether you come in 2013 to experience the colors of the Year of the Snake, or just swing by for a business trip, take advantage of the recent explosion of trendy gay cafés. Life is best enjoyed with Wifi and a good latte.

Here are Allister’s picks for Taipei’s top 5 gay-popular cafés.

Homey’s (2F., No.36, Lane 236, Sec.1, Dunhua S Rd; 02-2711-1519)

You won’t find a better dressed crowd in the city, drinking wine at 2PM with a novel, or smoking on the porch chatting with friends.  The gay owner intended for this to be a space to be spread through word of mouth, and apparently beautiful people like to tell beautiful people.

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