Set in 2024, five years after the legalization of same-sex marriage in Taiwan, this LGBTQ comic compilation gathers six humanizing stories that showcase the strength and dignity required to live in a society that has only just begun to acknowledge your basic rights.
Taipei, 2024, five years after the legalization of same-sex marriage in Taiwan. In a building called the Rainbow Apartments, we find six stories addressing the issues of friendship, love, family, and work that the LGBTQ community must navigate within a society that is still adjusting to the formal acknowledgement of their basic rights.
Moving up through the floors of the building reveals a diverse range of lives in the process of unfolding. Living under the shadow of HIV, an art teacher falls for the nude model who poses for his classes. A young woman who has never been in love begins to have stirrings of affection for a same-sex online friend, but struggles to bridge the gap to real-world romance. Two lesbians who met through a dating app linger in the tentative yet exhilarating exchanges of the first blush of love. Having already cohabited for one year, another lesbian couple struggles with the necessity of living in the closet to avoid upsetting a conservative parent. A transgender woman who has not completely transitioned faces disappointments in life and love. And, a bisexual man falls for his gay roommate, but is forced to come to terms with what it means to live truly as oneself.
Rainbow Apartment compiles the work of six different comic book artists, each with their own unique style of art and storytelling. Showcasing the diversity of the LGBTQ community, this collection carries us through the full range of human emotions, while also normalizing difference by situating these characters in the most familiar of circumstances: the slightly cramped but wonderfully convenient apartments we all inhabited in our youth.