Πέμπτη, 8 Μαρτίου 2012

Shanghai Pride gets a place in the sun.

China’s only Pride will be celebrated in June, not October this year.
The pink picnic at last year's Shanghai Pride
Due to popular demand Shanghai Pride, now in its fourth year, will be celebrated in June, not the usual October this year. The organizers announced the week-long festival, China’s only Pride celebration, will run from 16 to 23 June, to take advantage of the warmer weather.
There’s no parade at Shanghai Pride, any public gathering of more than 50 people without state approval is illegal in China, but there’s a family-orientated pink picnic, parties, film nights and a panel discussion.
‘We don’t know who will be on the panel discussion this year,’ one of the organizers, Charlene Liu, told Gay Star News. ‘But definitely it’s going to be about LGBT issues in China. I think that’s important, because we are in China.’
In previous years there have been complaints that Shanghai Pride is run by ex-pats for ex-pats (Liu is from Malaysia), but more local gay and lesbian groups are involved in the organization this year.
During 2009’s Shanghai Pride some of the venues received intimidating visits from the police threatening to close them down if they hosted LGBT events, leading to many pulling out of their commitments at the last minute. To get around this, venues were not announced until just be for the events at last year’s Pride and there were no problems with venues pulling out. The Shanghai Pride website was blocked, however.
Shanghai’s Spanish, German and French consulates have lent valuable support for the festival by hosting film screenings, and this year the organizers hope the British and Dutch consulates will also endorse Pride.
New events for 2012 include a poolside party, open mic night, trivia night and a barbecue. Profits raised from Shanghai Pride 2012 will go towards setting up an LGBT center for the city.

Πηγή:www.gaystarnews.com

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