June is Pride month. And in many cities across the globe, it’s a joyful time to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community – and have a rocking good time in the process. In Asia, Taipei is arguably the city with the most vibrant scene. Not only does it host East Asia’s biggest Pride parade – in October – it offers many ways to soak up queer culture and nightlife all year round.
From lavish drag shows to intellectual bookshops, here are six ways to celebrate Pride all year round in Taipei.
1. People watch in Ximending
This buzzing shopping district is the drumming heart of Taipei’s LGBTQIA+ community Find a myriad of bars, saunas, restaurants and open-air plazas for hanging out. Expect to see lots of rainbow flags and couples wandering freely and merrily. Ximending is also a shopping destination ideal for people-watching. Marvel at appearances by impromptu street performers, cosplayers, fashionistas and more. Make sure to visit the historic Red House Theatre, built in 1908, in central Ximending for weekend artisan markets and LGBTQIA+ events and take photos at the Instagrammable Rainbow Six art mural.