In May 2017, a groundbreaking court ruling put Taiwan on course to become the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage.

A few months on, a Taiwanese art museum is set to achieve another milestone by hosting what it believes to be the first major exhibition dedicated to LGBTQ-themed art in Asia.

Titled “Spectrosynthesis — Asian LGBTQ Issues and Art Now,” the upcoming show at Taipei’s Museum of Contemporary Art will feature 50 works by 22 ethnically Chinese artists from around the world.

The exhibition is aimed at promoting a better understanding of the LGBTQ experience in Asia, according to curator Sean Hu.

“The works relates to issues facing the Chinese LGBTQ community and our life stories,” he said in a phone interview. “It symbolizes a slice of our history.

“We hope the exhibition has a ripple effect across Asian society, and leads to people respecting different sexual orientations,” said Hu, who is also an activist for LGBTQ and ethnic minority issues in Taiwan. read more