Gay and Lesbian Resources in East Asia

A working list of LGBTQ information and resources for China, Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong from a gay / lesbian / bisexual Chinese Canadian.

If you have any tips, information, and directories, please send them over!

Preference is for sites with English, or are relatively easy to navigate even if not. Some great non-English resources are included to get people started.

LGBTQ Asian Gay Pride Parade 安比小姐

同志大遊行 from Flickr cc 安比小姐

LGBTQ / Pride Events

Some places wait once a year for that awesome crowd at Pride in June or August, but it’s about time to come join the parties here in Asia. Pride is relatively new to Asia compared to the Stonewall Days, but they’re not too shabby for size.

Best of all, the Asian parties are spread throughout the year. Groups (mostly the guys) will also travel to annual events that aren’t explicitly LGBTQ just to have a good time too!

All the Gaycation options:

 

Places to Go / Groups:

Asian governments may seem pretty cold to same-sex issues, but in general, they also have a hands-off policy. This means that many places have a decent or even outright vibrant underground scene. Below are some tips:

Queer Culture:

For a seemingly conservative place, East Asia has a lot of queer content. Much of it is in mainstream media such as movies with sex-changing kungfu heroes, tabloids reporting on billionaire’s gay daughters, and Mainland Chinese media creating bromances for straight actors.

In Japan, Yaoi (boy’s love) and yuri (girl’s love) are major genres in Japanese pop culture often written and consumed by straight people.

Check the media content from:

 

LGBTQ Media & Event Sites:

Japan:

Taiwan:

China:

Search Douban 豆瓣, Sina 微博 for groups

Join Weixin 微信 public channels and groups

Hong Kong:

 

The Lingo and Labels:

Taku and Rei have an excellent Glossary of Japanese Gay terms.

Chinese Pinyin English
同志 Tóng zhì homosexual
同性戀 tóng xìng liàn same sex love
同性愛  Dōseiai same-sex love (Japanese)
同性 tóng xìng same sex
誇性別 kuā xìng bié Transgender
拉拉 lā lā lesbian
1 号 yī hào top
0.5 号 líng diǎn wu hào versatile
0 号 líng hào bottom
T Tomboy lesbian
P Wife / princess (femme) lesbian
member member* (Hong Kong)
G吧 g BAR gay bar
同性浴室 tóng xìng yù shì same-sex bathhouse
出柜 chū guì out of the closet
弯男 wān nán gay
卖的 mài de male escort
xióng bears
狒狒 fèi fèi people who like bears
猴子 hóu zi Twink (monkey)
同妻 tóng qi Gay husband

Adapted from Wikipedia Article “Homosexuality in China“.

 

Gay and Lesbian Dating Apps:

If you have any tips to share, please send them over!

If you are visiting Hong Kong, check out my post on LGBTQ Hong Kong.

3 responses to “Gay and Lesbian Resources in East Asia

  1. Pingback: 10 Best Things about Being Gay and Lesbian in East Asia | The Cup and the Road·

  2. I feel that the 9monster app is bigger than grinder or hornet in Japan. There are other board sites like 2chan or bakusai.co that have gay communities. Love your article!

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