China Celebrates Shanghai Pride Next Month

Published Date Author: , May 18th, 2014

Shanghai Pride 2014This year’s Shanghai Pride Week, titled Pride6 in recognition of its sixth anniversary, will take place from 13th to 22nd June. A week-long string of events has been planned to boost the LGBT’s community position in China and raise awareness around LGBT themes including marriage equality, sexual health and societal acceptance. Run by volunteers from the not-for-profit group, ShanghaiLGBT and other NGOs, Pride6 is expected to bring thousands of people together at a multitude of fun social and advocacy events.

While retaining many of the activities that have made Pride Week a synonym for ‘Party Week’ among the LGBT and friends community, organisers are determined to incorporate more serious elements into this year’s Pride. Marriage equality will be one of these elements; with support for gay marriage hovering at around 30% in Beijing and Shanghai,Pride5 will discuss ways to raise and promote the issue among the wider public and politicians. To that end Pride5 will feature two panel discussions on workplace discrimination and gay marriage.

Organisers are also hoping to boost interest in Shanghai’s Gay Film Festival which will be held during Pride Week.

By Kelly Riker – Seasons of Pride | China Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

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