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If there is one word that summarizes exactly how Beijng exists, it's 'diverse'. Be it from the eccentric architecture ranging from hutongs of yesteryear to highrises right next door, the unpredictable giveth and taketh methods of the local government, or the fact that over 20 million people are crammed into its borders, you're definitely going to realize how unique and different this place is. With global views shifting in discussions about LGBT identifying individuals we thought we'd take a good look at the heart of this city and see where it beats a bit of a different beat:
Establishments that are supporters of people who identify as LGBT as well as LGBT social activities:
Boasting a wobbling dancefloor and thumping music mixes ranging from disco to dancefloor jams this large space caters for the party animals as well as the cocktail sippers.
Big Mama’s Café
A funky typographically decorated café with retro diner vibes serving a healthy dose of café classics this is one strong independent establishment that don't need no fancy gimmicks.
A bibliophile's paradise holding thousands of English titles, as well as Chinese titles, available to hire or buy. Come sit down and pass the day with a good book coupled with some good food as well.
A welcoming dance space with cheap drinks and exotic dancers catering to women with special ladies nights, but welcome to any and all who can shake their thang.
One of the most well known LGBT party lands and often packed to bursting (which is impressive for a three story space) expect some of the biggest party night to erupt from their speakers.
Boasting one of the better city rooftop views (when it's clear) this two leveled space caters for the sit down and cuddle people as well as the party freaks looking to whirl and twirl the night away.
Great Leap Brewing
Known to many as the beer haven of Beijing this brand has taken the city by storm and expanded to three locations. Come here to sink a few pints and banter the hours away.
Legendary for their ten kuai shooters this pop tune driven space will always guarantee you a wild night out.
An enviable collection of wine is the backdrop of this bar, though their martini's are nothing to shake a stick at either, it's a great space to sit and watch passerby's come and go while you relax in great company.
Riding on the success of other well known eateries set up by this in-the-know group, this bold café brought to Beijing the health craze we are all loving right now with its densely flavored grain bowls, light but certainly not bland crepés, and detoxifying smoothie drinks.
Palms L.A. Kitchen and Bar
A bold fusion of South Korean and Mexican cuisine you really will be taken on a wild tasting ride from this popular joint.
Spice things up in your life, literally, with mouth watering Mexican food. Almost every day features a unique discount or special as well so you're really going to get your money's worth here.
Temple Restaurant Beijing
Consistently recognized as one the best restaurants in Beijing this prestigious space offers a culinary experience like no other. You really need to experience it to believe it.
Two Cities Café and Lounge
Whether you are straight, gay, bi, red colored, blue colored, or anything in between, this café will provide a welcoming space and a solid standing with food and coffee supplies.
Other resources that provide education and discussions involving LGBT discourses:
Beijing LGBT Center ( 北京同志中心)
A non-profit, community based organization that empowers persons of every and any identification through multiple social platforms and gatherings without fear of discrimination.
Crossroads Centre (交差点中心)
A Chinese community space that aims to educate and discuss various social and cultural ideas happening in modern day China.
The Five Eyes Show (VPN required)
Originally involving participants that represented countries involved in the five eyes spy network, this diverse podcast based in Beijing city showcases recent LGBT news and how it relates to discussions happening in Beijing and mainland China.
Check back as this list is updated to keep up with the latest LGBT news in Beijing.
Photo: Courtesy of William Murphy
Visit the original source and full text: the Beijinger Blog