Today is our fourth day in Taipei and it’s raining so we’re taking the opportunity to update our blog. It’s never too late!
Before we left for our Southeast Asia tour our friends in Tokyo told us that SEA is very gay-friendly and we shouldn’t worry too much about any anti-gay sentiments. After dealing with racist shit in the Balkans and worrying about being gay bashed in Russia, we were relieved to hear that we wouldn’t have to concern ourselves with those petty matters. Instead, we could stay focused on the truly important things, such as eating as much as possible while avoiding traveler’s diarrhea. Little did we know that not only were we safe from anti-gay bigots in Taipei, but we are convinced that it is center of the Asian lesbian universe.
As soon as we stepped on the plane to Taiwan, we noticed that there were a few lesbians around us. When we arrived in Taipei and started exploring the city with our straight friend we mentioned to her that we were surprised by all of the young lesbians roaming freely around Taipei. Our dear, naive straight friend said, “No. That’s just a girl who doesn’t know how to dress.” or “That’s a boy.” HAHAHAHA! Straight people are so funny.
We decided that it was our mission to help hone her gaydar, so I told her that we would start pointing out lesbians on the street and our code word would be “apple” so we don’t get caught screaming “lesbian” at anyone.
At first she still disagreed with our apple assessment, but she quickly started to realize that these apples weren’t men or poorly dressed women. In no time at all she started to pick out the apples herself and, like us, she was pleasantly surprised by how many apples we found in Taipei.
On Friday night we met up with some apple friends for dinner and then went to Taboo, a lesbian club full of young, styin’ apples who knew how to have a good time…after several drinks. The club wasn’t full, but the turnout was decent for a regular Saturday night. I have to say, the lesbian community in Taipei is much more open, honest and confident than Tokyo’s. Tokyo could take a few lessons from Taipei.
By the way, don’t try this at home, kids. Kanako and I are professionals at apple-spotting. We have almost seven decades of combined expertise in this area and can spot an apple from a mile away. Also, don’t try apple-spotting in Germany.
Check our Flickr album for more apple pictures.