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8 Oct 2010

Shanghai Pride 2010: Oct 16 - Nov 6

Despite several event cancellations due to police intervention last year, organisers of Shanghai Pride this week announced the line-up although individual venues will only be made known days before each event.

Calling it “pride festival with Chinese characteristics”, organisers of Shanghai Pride 2010 say the line-up this year will comprise a series of small, indoor events such as film screenings, art exhibitions, parties and panel discussions but without the protests and parades – that have come to be associated with similar festivals elsewhere – due to local restrictions. The events will be held at private venues that would only be made public on its website three days prior due to what happened last year.

The full schedule of ShanghaiPRIDE 2010 is subject to change and available at shanghaipride.com/2010/calendar 

Last year, a play about a gay hate crime and two movie screenings had to be cancelled due to licensing issues rather than them being gay linked, organisers told Fridae. According to reports last year, the police visited all the venues associated with the festival as soon as the venues were announced. The eight-day festival drew an estimated 3,000 people.

“There will be no parades, no processions, no protests but yes, we believe it's still possible to celebrate Pride given all these restrictions! We believe wholeheartedly that it is possible to celebrate diversity and unity in a harmonious fashion.” Kenneth Tan, spokesperson for Shanghai Pride, told Fridae.

Organisers say the festival seeks to raise the awareness of the general public about the LGBT community and have chosen "Diversity, unity, harmony” to the theme this year.

Read more about Kenneth Tan, spokesperson for Shanghai Pride, in the October issue of Time Out Shanghai

Tan, a 28-year-old Singapore-born businessman and long-term resident in Shanghai, explained: “Unity relates to the community-building focus of Shanghai Pride 2010. This festival is about getting the gay and lesbian community to come and celebrate together. Just about every local LGBT group that we know of in Shanghai has rallied to make Pride possible. We're very happy to see them coming around to take ownership of Shanghai Pride.”

“Our focus on Diversity is two-pronged: On the one hand, we're celebrating the potpourri of subcultures that you'll find within the LGBT community, but on a more macro level, we're also reaching out to our straight allies. Shanghai Pride 2010 is not just for gays and lesbians. We want our families, friends and colleagues to join us in all our festivities this year. Pride shouldn't be just about the LGBT community issuing a plea for acceptance to society at large. It's also an opportunity for the parents, siblings, friends and co-workers of gays and lesbians to tell them, ‘We love you and accept you for who you are!’”

The full schedule of ShanghaiPRIDE 2010 is subject to change and available here: shanghaipride.com/2010/calendar 

Venues for each event will be announced three days prior to each event. To stay informed of the latest changes at ShanghaiPRIDE, please leave us your email and mobile number in the form at the bottom of this page: shanghaipride.com/2010/calendar 

To make a financial contribution to ShanghaiPRIDE, please make a donation via Paypal or Alipay at donation@shanghaipride.com Your every cent will go a long way in making ShanghaiPRIDE 2010 a success. 

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Reader's Comments

1. 2010-10-08 20:24  
Sending love and best wishes for a great event!
2. 2010-10-08 21:20  
hopefully all of my friends there will join the event..
3. 2010-10-08 22:00  
supporting it!
4. 2010-10-08 23:18  
Congratulations Shanghai and China!!!!!

From one who was detained by the police in New York City in the Stonewall Bar (see my photos here), released, and joined in the first
gay riot against police brutality and repression, well at least in NYC.

Charge on!
5. 2010-10-09 05:28  
Wishing Shanghai Pride success in 2010.
6. 2010-10-09 08:26  
I hope the organizers get the proper permit for the event this year! They only have themselves to blame if it gets shut down. An event of this size gets attention and they cannot try to get by without a permit as usual.
7. 2010-10-10 08:00  
Here is to freedom of expression. Hope it is a great success and will become bigger every year. Stand up for what is right
Comment #8 was deleted by its author on 2010-10-10 09:48
9. 2010-10-10 09:48  
We need fighters like the organisers of this event to demolish stone walls. Equally important are the softer approaches such as:

1) public education:-about why it's important to be more tolerant towards gays (the social and economic rationale; suicides & tragedies; potential for accepted gays to contribute more to family & society); homosexuality isn't a disease; sexual orientation cannot be chosen and more biological factors have been documented by scientists; sexual orientation cannot be changed and "change therapy" isn't scientific.

2) PR with politicians:- express willingness to discuss possibility of working together with health authorities to reduce HIV infection rates; invite politicians to informal meals regularly for discussions about how the LGBT community may support the government in social, political and public health areas.

3) PR with academics:- invite more academics to participate in public education mentioned above; sponsor empirical research which findings may help politicians make evidence-based public policies (e.g. links between mental health/public health spending & tolerance towards LGBT; effectiveness of anti-HIV campaigns launched jointly by the authorities and the LGBT community vs those launched by either party; correlation of economic development with diversity tolerance and Gay Index (ref: Professor Florida).

4) Community networking and support:-LGBT counseling hotlines; community-affirming in-house events and seminars; partnership between LGBT businesses and LGBT NGOs (e.g. financial support); advisory to LGBT businesses on the ethical aspects of their businesses; HIV screening; leaflets about safer sex; grooming LGBT leaders.

It's exciting to watch how much China's LGBT community have progressed in a span of 10 years. Keep up the good work!
10. 2010-10-10 12:52  
I'm actually quite surprise that this is only the second year of this event because it seems quite gay tolerant here. I think the government is not really targeting gays but rather they are concern with the formation of any large organization. So the gay community has been real careful in how they go about planning these events. Yes there will probably be no gay pride parade for many years but this is true for everyone except military parades. Some of last year's events were very open and loud which attracted many passer-by that wanted to see what's inside. It was more curiosity and friendly people. There were no anti-gay homophobic protesters. But what I noticed last year was that there were not many Chinese at the events. Many foreigners and overseas Chinese. I'm not sure why.
11. 2010-10-10 13:17  
I hope they weren't arrested like they were in Beijing. Sad
12. 2010-10-10 18:38  
Last year was awesome, good luck guys!
13. 2010-10-10 22:07  
I'm so happy that at least it is making some progress in China.

Best luck.
14. 2010-10-11 03:34  
15. 2010-10-11 19:03  
that's right guys, what happen in last year won't stop us. g'luck, hope everything goes beyond well.
16. 2010-10-21 15:16  

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