“Mainland’s attitude towards LGBT can only be said to make people speechless and angry.” A mainland netizen posted on Dcard to share his personal experience. He was born in an ordinary family and studied hard since he was a child to prepare for immigration. However, he bluntly said that compared to European and American countries, , and even wanted to settle in Taiwan. The reasons for this also aroused heated discussions after being exposed.
The original PO said that as a child from an ordinary family, he had set his goals early and was currently studying hard and working hard to immigrate to Europe and the United States. However, compared to Europe and the United States, the original PO said that he wanted to settle in Taiwan more and liked Taiwanese culture. Not only was the life pressure less stressful and the climate was comfortable, but more importantly, the LGBT culture in the Chinese context “really made people feel… Very excited.”
The original PO pointed out that even a lesbian classmate next to him who was preparing to immigrate also liked Taiwan very much. “The society in the same Chinese context is very different, which makes me feel super magical.” However, when the conversation changed, the original PO admitted that coming to Taiwan was more difficult than going to Hong Kong, Europe and the United States. Since the only way was to get married, he had no choice but to give up.
The original PO sighed, now the mainland does not even allow people to travel, they can only wait to go abroad before coming to Taiwan. He believes that Taiwan’s attitude toward LGBT is relatively tolerant compared to many conservative places in the United States. He calls it “really the light of the Chinese people,” but he can’t help but wonder, “Is it really as good as I think?”
As soon as the post came out, netizens had both positive and negative opinions. Some people believe that Taiwanese society still has a discriminatory view towards the LGBT community. “The attitude towards LGBT is ‘relatively’ good. For example, if the acceptance rate there is 5%, it is only 30% here in Taiwan, but There are still 70% that are not acceptable, so don’t think too good.” “No, it will still be discriminated against. According to Taiwanese culture, people won’t say anything in front of you; but after you leave, many things (just ) heard”, “The good thing about Taiwan is that most people don’t want to cause trouble, so on the surface they won’t interfere, but in fact you can still see a lot of unfriendly remarks on the Internet”, “Compared to Taiwan, people in Europe and the United States still have a negative attitude toward LGBT. It is more acceptable, after all, the culture is more diverse and the ideas are more open, especially in Western Europe, Nordic countries and Canada.”
However, some netizens agree with the original PO and believe that in Asia, Taiwan’s laws are indeed much more friendly in terms of protecting LGBT rights. “Although there is still some discrimination in Taiwan, there is really no better country in Asia. In fact, Thailand It is also very open, but the law is very conservative.” “Taiwan is really good in this regard in the context of Asia. No place is perfect, it is just relatively comfortable! You have to realize and experience it yourself”, “I know Gay men in Singapore and Malaysia also like the atmosphere in Taiwan, but maybe they don’t feel it’s better to be there.” “I held hands with men in Taipei and no one thought anything of it. I think the city is quite open.”