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Director’s cut : Leo Chiang talks LGBT films and Asia

With the Taiwan International Queer Film Festival in full swing, the San Francisco-based filmmaker speaks to the ‘Taipei Times’ about the inspiration and motivation behind his latest documentary

By Dana Ter  /  Staff reporter

There’s a generalization of places outside of the West being discriminatory against and tough for LGBT people, he says. But as his experiences in Taiwan, Thailand and the Philippines have taught him, this isn’t always the case.

Considering the annual pride parade scheduled to take place this Saturday, Chiang says that although he’s not an expert, Taipei seems to be one of the most queer-friendly cities in Asia, especially for young people who seem to be able to live without serious discrimination.

He adds, however, that if Taiwan wants to get noticed outside of Asia for its progressiveness towards LGBT rights, more should be done. Passing marriage equality law or electing an openly queer person to prominent public office, for instance, would certainly help.

Festival notes

What: Taiwan International Queer Film Festival (台灣國際酷兒影展)

When: Until Sunday

Where: Taipei Shin Kong Cinemas (台北新光影城), 4F, 36, Xining S Rd, Taipei City (台北市西寧南路36號4樓)

Admission: Regular ticket is NT$200 per film or NT$510 for three films. Tickets are available through FamilyMart FamiPort kiosk or at

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