LGBT Cultural Mission: Taiwan and Hong Kong

October 26 – November 04, 2017


Join us on the first-ever LGBT and allied cultural and trade mission to Taiwan and Hong Kong!

Visit Hong Kong, Kaohsiung (Seattle’s Sister City), Taichung (Tacoma’s Sister City), and Taipei.
Meet LGBT and allied cultural, civic, and business leaders.
Indulge in world-renowned Taiwanese cuisine. 
Explore historic sites and natural wonders.
Celebrate and march in Asia’s largest Pride parade and Taiwan’s first since Marriage Equality!

Tour Fare includes
International round-trip airfare, ground transportation on a deluxe bus, eight nights of 4-star hotel accommodations (double occupancy), admission to all the attractions, travel insurance within Taiwan, and most meals.

About the Mission

The mission will focus on three areas of interest: LGBT civil rights, economic development, and tourism. 

The goals of the 10-day mission are a cultural exchange with, and creating lasting relationships between, LGBT business and community leaders from the U.S. and Taiwan. Over the course of trip, delegates will have the opportunity to meet with members of LGBT communities, business leaders, city mayors, and government officials.

"Our hopes are always to promote LGBT equality by putting a face to who we are and meeting members of LGBT communities from around the world and other cultures," says Louise Chernin, GSBA's President & CEO. "How can we, as an LGBT business movement, support and understand the challenges and the victories experienced by members of the LGBT community in another country? Is there a way for business to be a catalyst for breaking down barriers? And, because we are a business organization, we are excited to explore opportunities with our counterparts in Taiwan."

"The idea for this historic mission came from Felicity Wang, President of the Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce," says Chernin. "She knows GSBA is committed to LGBT equality and civil rights. So, she thought it would be wonderful to connect us with businesses, community, and civic leaders in one of the most open countries in Asia that was about to support marriage equality."

In addition a full itinerary of meetings and visits to cultural attractions, the mission participants will have the opportunity to march in Asia's largest Pride parade -- and Taiwan's first since its Constitutional Court ruled in favor of same sex marriage.

During the GSBA Pride Business Luncheon held on June 14, Vincent Yao, Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Seattle, stated, "As the freest country in Asia, ranked by Freedom House and Journalists Without Borders, Taiwan is making great strides for LGBT rights. Our constitutional court recently ruled in favor of same sex marriage. This ruling has paved the way for Taiwan to possibly become the first Asian nation to legalize same-sex marriage. As the beacon for LGBT rights in Asia, our LGBT community needs your support and to hear your experiences in order to make equality and inclusivity a reality for all across our continent."

Trip Highlights

March in 2017 Taiwan LGBT Pride,
celebrating impending marriage equality

Visit LGBT Sites and Thriving LGBT Businesses in Taipei

National Palace Museum

Reception with LGBT community of Taipei

Sun Moon Lake

Fong Jia Night Market

Presentation to Taichung City Government
(Tacoma Sister City)

Reception with Kaohsiung City Government
(Seattle Sister City)