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June 19, 2013

Chinese authorities have shown more interest in Shanghai Pride this year, pressurizing three venues not to hold events for the fifth annual week-long festival

Chinese authorities have shown more interest in the fifth Shanghai Pride than ever before.

'All of our venues were contacted by the authorities,' said organizer Charlene Liu to Gay Star News. 'They questioned whether they had the capacity to house a large crowd.'

After that three venues decided to drop-out from hosting Pride events, causing a last-minute logistical headache, as has happened in previous years.

The authorities (Liu doesn't know what department they were from) also contacted Shanghai Pride's organizers.

June 7, 2013

Queer Comrades congratulate Changsha Pride for 'courage' after the biggest LGBT pride march in China

Queer Comrades website, China's 'LGBT TV channel', has released a video about last month's pride march in Changsha, Henan province.

It was the biggest LGBT pride parade in China so far, after Changsha Pride debuted on a much smaller scale last year.

Shanghai has had its own pride festival every year since 2009 but without a march, as all demonstrations are heavily cracked-down upon in China.

'Any kind of march will be looked upon as a demonstration, or some sort of protest,' said Shanghai Pride organizer Charlene Liu to Gay Star News.

June 26, 2012

Foreign and Chinese LGBT community celebrate Pride in Shanghai

The fourth Shanghai Pride rounded off a successful week of festivities on Saturday (23 June).

The celebration began with 1,000 people at the opening party on Saturday 16 June, beating last year’s attendance of 650. The party was at bars, Rico Rico and B Bar, with outside space along Shanghai’s Huangpu River with stunning view of city skyline.

June 13, 2012

A week of LGBT proud celebrations in China’s financial capital

The fourth Shanghai Pride starts on Saturday with an opening party that aims to be even bigger than last year’s bash attended by nearly 700 people.

The party will be followed by a week of art, sports, theatre, films, more parties, Time Out Shanghai sponsored pub quiz, but no parade. Any organized gathering or march is illegal in China.

The first Shanghai Pride was in 2009 and each year more and more local groups are getting involved as the organizers respond to accusations that the festival is created by expatriates for expatriates.

March 8, 2012

China’s only Pride will be celebrated in June, not October this year

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.