While Taiwan is not as popular of a tourist destination as its Asian neighbors, it is considered one of the most LGBTQ+ friendly destinations in Asia. Taiwan was put on the map for many LGBTQ+ travelers on International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 2019, when it became Asia’s first country to legalize same-sex marriage. It has never had laws against homosexuality, and is one of the few places in Asia that has anti-discrimination laws based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender characteristics. In addition, Taiwan is the world’s first country to have a gender-diverse minister.
Gay pride gatherings, festivals and parades are a fantastic opportunity for the LGBTQ+ community to come together and fly the flag with pride, hence the name. Still, they are also a chance to highlight issues affecting the community in particular and the world as a whole. Such celebrations are slowly, and sometimes with difficulty, spreading across the globe, but there is one place that always feels like the heart of Gay Pride, and that is Malta. For Malta to be honored with the title European Capital of Culture in 2018 says a lot about its open-mindedness when it comes to arts and culture. Still, it may surprise some people to find that the island has some of the best rights and attitudes towards the LGBTQ+ community, anywhere. Continue reading on the IGLTA travel blog.
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