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5 Jun 2009

1st LGBT pride festival in Shanghai, Jun 7-14

Although it will not feature a parade, organisers have planned a smorgasbord of social events from film screenings to drag performances to sports competitions before culminating in Pride Day - an all-day, all-night event on Saturday, Jun 13, with an all-day BBQ, fashion show, games and a 'hot bod' contest.

Shanghai - the largest city in China - will have its first LGBT pride festival from Jun 7-14. Organisers say they see the event as a way to "celebrate the diversity and future of Shanghai Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Queer community" and "celebrate the diversity and talent of the people who make up the Shanghai LGBT scene."

The event is organised by ShanghaiLGBT, a social group and email list with over 1000 members, and is run by eight moderators.

Organiser Hannah Miller told Fridae the event came about at a brainstorming session with ShanghaiLGBT moderators. "We plan about four events a month and decided last year to try this year to organise a gay pride festival." She said she founded the group in 2006 as she felt the city at the time "lacked social network for queer members of the community that were open and available to everyone."

"I wanted Shanghai to have a group that let everyone know they were welcome and that Shanghai has an inviting, fun LGBT scene. Since then the queer nightlife and social scene has grown significantly in Shanghai." Said the 30-year-old American, who teaches science at an international school. She has lived in China since 2001 and been in Shanghai for five years.

"We're still no San Francisco or Paris, but the changes I've seen in the past three years have been great. I think Shanghai has a very pink future!"

Shanghai, the largest city in the country, is home to more than 20 million people.

Fridae is a media partner of ShanghaiPRIDE. Win a LIFETIME Fridae Perks subscription or 12-month Fridae Perks subscriptions - courtesy of Fridae - with the purchase a RMB10 charity raffle ticket at any of the Shanghai Pride events to benefit Chi Heng Foundation's China AIDS Orphan Project.

Shanghai Pride 2009 Schedule

Opening Day
Sunday - June 7

Art Show
Paintings, sculptures, and photography exhibition by local LGBT artists
Free to public
Running all week June 7 - 14
Cloud 9, Shanghai Studio, Eddy's, Transit Lounge

Film Screening
Queer China, 'Comrade China' by Cui Zi'en 2008
A documentary about gender and sexual orientation reforms in the past 20 years in China which features interviews with 30 of the most prominent figures in the Chinese LGBT community.
Free to Public
Vargas Grill - 5pm

Opening Night Dinner
Join us for a celebratory opening meal: eat, drink and be gay and gay-friendly.
Please RSVP to Vargas Grill - 64370136
RMB150 per person
Vargas Grill - 7pm

Monday - June 8
Panel Discussion
Topic: Blossom in the Little Garden: Evolution of Gay Shanghai
Panelists: Fudan University Professor Gao, East China Normal University
Professor Wei Wei
Free to Public
Kathleen's 5 - 7:30pm

Tuesday - June 9
Open Mic Literary Hour
Share literary selections from your favorite authors, or musings of your own.
Free to Public
Frangipani - 8pm

Wednesday - June 10
Film Screening
Film by Zhu Ziya
Zhu Yiye was born in China in the 1980s. She is an independent film director
with a playful attitude.
Free to Public
Kathleen's 5 - 8pm

Thursday - June 11
Wine Tasting
Mixed selection of white and red imported wines
RMB150 all you can drink
A Tale of 4 Cities - 7pm
Shanghai Studio Open Bar
Start the weekend off the gay way
RMB 100 all you can drink
Shanghai Studio - 10pm

Friday - June 12
Film Screening
Welcome to Destination Shanghai by Andrew Cheng 2003
An erotic-drama featuring Shanghai's gay and heterosexual sex trade workers through interconnected vignettes.
Free to Public
Kathleen's 5 - 8pm
The Laramie Project
A theatrical production about a small town's reaction to one of America's most talked about hate crimes.
RMB100 per person with 10% of profits donated to ChiHeng Foundation
Barefoot Studios - 8pm

Saturday - June 13
Day Time Events @ Cotton's on Xinhua Lu- 2pm to 10pm
Free to public
All-day BBQ RMB100 and drinks from RMB20
2pm Hot Body Competition
3pm LGBT Choir and Capoeira Performances
4pm Chinese Opera and Drag Performance by Lai Lai
5pm Gay Bar Competition
6pm Games Galore
7pm Fashion Show
8pm Drag Show (including Gwen from Tempe and Coco Licious)
9pm Gay Weddings
10pm Free Buses to Afterparty @ Glamour Bar

Night Time Events
ShanghaiPRIDE Afterparty
Dance floor with special DJ Leather Locklear
Free to public
Glamour Bar - 10pm

Sunday - June 14
Field Day @ Xuhui Gym and Swimming Pool
4pm Swim Competition
6pm Badminton Competition


Reader's Comments

1. 2009-06-05 20:34  
Nice that you told us this sooo far in advance...
We will now all run to the nearest travel agent and book a flight and hotel to make sure that we wont miss the opening in 2 days.
You really made sure that this one stays a 'local event' ... anyhow, why would you bother...it's not in Singapore....
2. 2009-06-05 23:49  
3. 2009-06-06 07:33  
Congratulations to all the moderators who took the risk to plan such an event for Shanghai people. Don't compare your festival to others just do your best for yourselves with what you have, enjoy it totally and know that you are beginning an event that will one day celebrate a 5, 10 25, 50 year anniversary thanks to you. The hardest step is the first one. Have a great time.
4. 2009-06-07 20:21  
Best to Shanghai! ... but will be in Beijing instead ... ... ...

sorry to have to stray, but Digi (Malaysian mobile operator) is organising Love To Save campaign ... by just joining, a charity of your choice (we are primarily rooting for Malaysian AIDS Foundation) will get RM 5 per participation ... do consider! much thanks!

5. 2009-06-08 06:38  
this is really stupid, why does it have to be so secretive and wait until now to tell us...what a waste of time
6. 2009-06-08 10:40  
Comment edited on 2009-06-29 12:58:31
7. 2009-06-08 11:35  
Bravo to those in Shanghai. Will be with them in spirit I guess.
8. 2009-06-08 16:01  
Speaking as one of the organisers here: The lateness of this article on this site has less to do with Fridae's unwillingness to spread the word earlier and more to do with our tardiness in reaching out to media outlets like Fridae. Fridae has been nothing but wonderful in their support of what we do =)
9. 2009-06-08 16:21  
Mmmm ...... That's nice! Now Singapore is more and more BACKWARD!
Comment #10 was deleted by its author on 2009-06-08 17:44
11. 2009-06-08 17:46  
Hong Kong, has never been moving forward....

12. 2009-06-09 02:56  
I applaud Hannah Miller for organizing Shanghai's 1st LGBT pride festival! Considering the political climate of China, this must be seen as a huge breakthrough in China's LGBT rights, which has been a top concern of many gay-friendly social workers and scholars since the early 1990's. The first AIDS hotline started in Beijing in 1992, and China's first semi-open event for the gay community, the "Gay Salon," was held regularly over the same year in Beijing but after the fifth event in 1993, homophobic authorities ordered its closure. Despite its early demise, the movement had garnered widespread publicity and left a great impact on the society as a whole. With 1.4 billion population, China must have the largest LGBT population yet in the world. If only 2% of the population is gay/bisexual men according to conservative estimates, then China can easily have 28 million gay/bi men at the very least. Nature has its way of curbing the explosive population growth it seems!

Shanghai's gay scene is thriving, part of it aided by the influx of gay men from Hong Kong as I have observed on my visit there in 2006. I wish Shanghai a very pink future indeed!
13. 2009-06-11 05:17  
Congratulations! It's a good start. And it's better to be modest and quite discreet for the first one, and then be bigger and bigger every year than to do something mega huge and judged provocative by the authorities and then nothing anymore. Step by step, Shanghai Pride will be one of the best pride in the world. I LOVE THIS CITY!!!
14. 2009-06-11 17:57  
wow! now being more proud of China, more and more open things are gonna be shown off there, although this is the first one, but ya know! best for u and best for Chinese ppl! xoxo

Congratulations Shanghai and I hope there'll be more and more stuff like this in everywhere around China ^^

15. 2010-03-29 17:27  
"celebrate the diversity and future of Shanghai Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Queer community" 'queer' is an irrelevant term here, it's an adopted slur term that covers gay lesbian etc. any way, it's also NOT a reference most GLBT people would choose to self label but one unfashionably foisted on us by the skanky one dimensional professional homosexual 'queering lobby'

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