在每年的「國際障礙者日」(International Day of Persons with Disabilities)，手天使也會舉辦各類活動。例如與障礙者同樂的沙龍照攝影活動「愛美礙美」、無障礙狂歡夜店生活「愛礙趴」、讓障礙者親身撫摸人體模特兒的「摸摸性」、以及呼籲政府看見障礙者性權的「障礙者需要性」大遊行。
About Hand Angel
In Europe and North America, some sex volunteer groups can already be found, while in Japen, a similar organization “White Hands” provides sexual services exclusively for disabled people. In some countries in Europe, where sex work is legalized, governments offer subsidies to disabled people to help relieve their physical stress. As these progressive societies are able to see the sexual needs of people with disabilities, in Taiwan, although “human right” is a slogan that is often shouted out loud, when can the sexual rights of disabled people really be taken seriously by the society and the government?
For an able person who can move freely, it is difficult to imagine the importance of sexual rights. Yet, let us imagine, if a person loses or unable to control his/her/their arms, how should he/she/they masturbate? If one has no legs, how difficult is it for him/her/them to look for someone who is willing to have sex with?
“Hand Angel” is an organization devoted to promoting sexual rights. Founded in early 2013 by a group of gay men, we initially only intended to provide services for gay men with severe disabilities. However, as we witness how sexual needs and desires of individuals with severe disabilities in Taiwan are confined and restricted by traditional values, we now offer our services to people of all gender identities. We hope to disentangle the shackles around disabled people’s sexual desires and enable them to enjoy a temporary sense of sexual freedom. Among the 30 volunteers at Hand Angel, there are LGBT, heterosexuals, sex workers, social workers, long-term care professionals, office workers, university professors, parents and students.
As of April 2023, we’ve provided 50 times of services (1 time for a transgender service receiver, 4 times for bisexual service receivers , 9 times for homosexual service receivers and 36 times for heterosexual service receivers), among which 6% are female and 94% are male.
Every year, on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Hand Angel organizes different events, such as a photo-shooting session for disabled people, “Party for Disabilities, “a party held in a night club that was entirely barrier-free for disabled people, a gathering event during which disabled people had the opportunity to touch models’ body, and a march that called upon the government to take seriously the sexual rights of disabled people.
Hand Angel not only provides sexual services but also continues to speak out about issues regarding gender/sex education, sexual care in long-term care, and barrier-free environment. Through annual conferences, promotional activities, talks and public education sessions, advocacy work and participation in other NGO’s actions and events, we aim to wake Taiwanese society’s awareness of and support for the sexual rights of disabled people.
Because we believe that sex is a human right, and sex can empower disabled people
How to apply for our service:
- Who can apply: any individual with severe disabilities who possess a government-issued disability certification (only individuals with physical disabilities or visual impairment are eligible)
- Fee: our service is completely pro bono, free of charges
- Number of service sessions provided: 3 sessions for each applicant (the interval between each service session is determined by the applicant)
- Method of service: our sex volunteer would assist the applicant in masturbation with their hands
Waiting period: regardless of sexual orientation, applicants can decide freely whether they would like to receive services from a male or female volunteer. The current waiting time is as below:
- Applicants who wish to be assisted by a female sex volunteer may have to wait for a minimum of 2 years as the number of applications is high at the moment
- Applications who wish to be assisted by a male volunteer and female applicants may proceed to the interview sooner
If you are a person with physical disabilities or visual impairment who has a government-issued disability certificate, and wish to apply for our service, please click here to fill up this application form. Our volunteer will be in touch with you soon.
If you wish to become a volunteer at Hand Angel, please fill out the application form here. As we’d like to maintain a group size that enables effective discussions, we recruit our volunteers under this precondition.
If you cannot join Hand Angels but still feel passionate about the sexual rights of disabled people, we encourage you to take action in your own unique way or even form your own organization with others. We are not and should not be the only group advocating for the sexual rights of disabled people.
Hand Angel calls upon the government, social welfare agencies, and caretakers to value the importance of the basic needs of people with disabilities in terms of intimacy and sexuality.