September 18, 2020 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

OUTFEST Announces “Taiwan Program”

The 2020 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan (R.O.C) and Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles will host Taiwan Program featuring Taiwanese films “The Teacher” and “Sunshine in the Ruins” from August 24-26, 2020 with post-screening Q&As during the festival, which takes August 20-30, 2020 to highlight the LQBTQ culture and achievements of Taiwan. Taiwan passed the same-sex marriage bill in May 2019, and the law went into effect on May 24 that year, making Taiwan the first country in Asia to legalize the same-sex marriage. One year after the law took effect, over 4,000 LGBTQ couples got married in Taiwan, demonstrating Taiwan’s achievements in equal rights for sexual minorities.

Damien S. Navarro, Executive Director of Outfest said, “Outfest is honored to continue our relationship with the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan (R.O.C) and Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles. We are proud to be able to showcase the incredible LGBTQ films and filmmakers from Taiwan. During the festival, we have the opportunity to recognize Taiwan’s support to Outfest, as well as Taiwan’s values of liberty and equality that inspired the lives of LGBTQ groups and communities in Asia.”

The two films delicately and deeply  explore issues in the LGBTQ+ community. 

“The Teacher”, is a story that not only touches on the marriage equality debate happening in Taiwan, but also reveals the fragility of human nature in the face of the HIV threat. 

“Sunshine in the Ruins” centers around inter-generational communications that take place in military dependents’ village of Taiwan, with a hope of capturing the discomfort in facing the topics on homosexuality and the relief through reflection.

“These two films present the breathtaking affections and struggles through their intricate narratives,” said Emmy Yang, Director of Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles. “They represent the creative freedom and the dedication to equal rights for the LGBTQ community in Taiwan. We are extremely delighted to have worked with Outfest for three consecutive years. Through this well-known platform, splendid Taiwanese LGBTQ works will be unveiled to amaze the American audience.”

This year’s Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival will run August 20-30,2020 and will be accessed via www.outfestla2020.com for one All-Access Pass to OutfestNow (app now available for Roku, AppleTV, Android, ioS), where centerpiece films, premieres, and hand-curated programs debuting daily. Select packages of Festival Favorites will also be available for direct purchase.

Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles is a nonprofit cultural institute with an aim to promote Taiwanese arts and culture in the west coast of North America. Established by the Ministry of Culture of Taiwan in 2012, Taiwan Academy collaborates with major cultural/arts organizations and festivals to spotlight Taiwanese artists in international exhibitions, performances, film screenings, and arts residencies. Taiwan Academy functions as a cultural bridge between Taiwan and overseas countries to increase global visibility of Taiwanese culture, to enhance cultural exchange, and to raise appreciation of the rich, diverse culture of Taiwan. 

For more information about Taiwan Academy, please go to la.us.taiwan.culture.tw.

Related Posts

Ross Victory Standing For Bisexuality

September 17, 2020

September 17, 2020

Los Angeles singer-songwriter and author Ross Victory gives the reader a detailed vision of his life as a bisexual minority...

WeHo Cooling Center At Plummer Park

September 17, 2020

September 17, 2020

With temperatures expected to rise to more than 90 degrees over the next week, the City of West Hollywood will...

Golden Girls Puppet Parody

September 17, 2020

September 17, 2020

Jonathan Rockefeller, acclaimed American/Australian producer, director, and writer, has announced that 16 new, original episodes of That Golden Girl Show!...

Los Angeles CEO Jeffrey Previte Caught Beating Dog

September 12, 2020

September 12, 2020

Jeffrey Previte, the CEO of EBI Consulting an environmental consulting firm in Los Angeles, was captured on camera at the...

To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar 25th Anniversary

September 12, 2020

September 12, 2020

The cult classic “To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar” hugely popular in the LGBTQ+ community celebrates its 25th...

Trans Women Will No Longer Be Incarcerated In Men’s Prisons In California

September 12, 2020

September 12, 2020

After passing the state legislature with a vote of  29 in favor and 10 against, Senate Bill 132 is headed...

Love In Action Telethon

September 10, 2020

September 10, 2020

Love In Action, a telethon to support the LGBTQ+ community during the COVID pandemic will be airing live on Sept.12th...

Rage Nightclub Permanently Closing

September 10, 2020

September 10, 2020

After 37 years Rage nightclub located at the northwest corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and San Vicente in West Hollywood...

LGBTQ Center Long Beach Fires Executive Director Porter Gilberg

September 6, 2020

September 6, 2020

The Board of Directors of the LGBTQ Center Long Beach announced that it will not renew the employment contract of...

LA Pride Names First Black Trans Woman As President Of Board

September 6, 2020

September 6, 2020

Christopher Street West, the nonprofit organization that produces LA Pride, has named a Black transgender woman as president of its...

Gay Felon Ed Buck Requests Release Ahead Of Criminal Trial

September 3, 2020

September 3, 2020

A federal grand jury added four felony charges to the Justice Department’s case against Ed Buck, the one-time political activist...

Actress Niecy Nash Comes Out And Introduces Wife To The World

September 3, 2020

September 3, 2020

Actress/comedian Niecy Nash shocked the world after announcing her marriage to a woman.  The 50 year old “Claws” and “Reno...

Two Men Charged After Three Trans Women Are Attacked In Hollywood

September 2, 2020

September 2, 2020

Two men have been charged with robbery against three transgender women on the evening of Aug. 17 in Hollywood. Carlton...

Anthony Quintal From Gay Youtuber to Christian Celibate

August 30, 2020

August 30, 2020

Anthony Quintal, a 21-year-old YouTuber best known for his teenage antics under the name “Lohanthony,” has returned to his channel...

Long Beach QFilm Festival

August 30, 2020

August 30, 2020

The 2020 Long Beach QFilm Festival, is a celebration of the rich diversity and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,...