An art patron, a pop diva, and an internet superstar on Asia’s Most Influential list are among the bright lights who are working toward more acceptance and greater understanding of the LGBTQ+ community. Through their diverse platforms, they are creating positive change, helping pass landmark laws, and giving hope to LGBTQ+ people who need to see more of themselves in the world.
In May 2019, Taiwan passed its same-sex marriage law, becoming the first in Asia to do so. On the same day, Mandopop superstar A-mei posted an image of a rainbow flag with the note on Facebook: “I cried when I saw the news... It's come a long way and you can finally be proud of yourselves! My dearest heroes, I really want to hug you one by one. After the rain in the morning, our rainbow is complete.”
The Taiwanese singer has long been a supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. A-mei was one of the first celebrities to sign a petition for same-sex marriage in the country and led a benefit concert for the cause. She has highlighted equality in many of her songs, with the music video for “Love Is The Only Way” featuring a marriage ceremony between men, and “Rainbow” becoming an anthem for same-sex relationships.
In April 2022, the singer held a 12-day concert at the Taipei Arena. Proving her enduring popularity, the concert’s 130,000 tickets were sold out in nine minutes. Her performances reportedly produced tremors near the arena.