So.... Shanghai Pride announced that it was "stopping" last year. To much shock and dismay to many not just in Shanghai, but even to the international community where it was covered by CNN, NBC, SMCP, to name a few.
HOWEVER... it appears that there will be a few definitely NOT Shanghai Pride events this year (because that was cancelled of course), but there certainly will be a few events around town for those who really are very interested in diversity and inclusion and/or appreciate the rainbow aesthetic. Things SmartShanghai proudly loves.
If you happen to be LGBTQIA+++++++ or one of their fabulous allies, then don't hold back... for these perfect occasions to go out proudly.
Diversity & Inclusion Consulting (DNIC) is holding this year’s DNIC Workplace Conference on June 19. This event brings together employers, employees, and job seekers to share and learn the value of an inclusive workplace for all. The conference includes a series of keynotes and panel discussions featuring speakers from top global and local firms that have implemented inclusive policies and best practices here in China and the region. Corporate and D&I program leaders will share how their companies are making their workplaces more inclusive. Hear personal stories, tangible ideas, and best practices from industry leaders and employees who help create a space where everyone can be their authentic selves at work.
June is here, and rainbows are everywhere. Join Glam on June 27, where they'll be inviting 10 speakers from the LGBTQ community and allies to share their proud stories about coming out, community advocacy, workplace D&I, identity, and more. Limited seats. Tickets are 50rmb and includes 2 drinks; scan the QR code in the flyer to buy.
RNBW — you know what it stands for, and you know what the Pearl stands for. On June 19, the queerest month of the year, the Pearl is hosting RNBW Party, a celebration of the vibrant people and perspectives that make up Shanghai’s colorful community. Expect some of Shanghai’s best drag, live music from their house band Red Stars, and beats to keep you dancing all night. Adults only. Doors and kitchen open at 6pm, party starts at 9pm. Pre-sale tickets for 150rmb or at-the-door for 180rmb; includes 1 drink.
Nihao BonBon, the expat-heavy gay pop-up party organizers are putting on a special PRIDE party at the end of this month. Fantastic music, heavy drink poors, and of course awareness raising for LGBTQIA+ and their wonderful allies. The event is called Calories, and will be at The CUT Rooftop. Free entry, the reveleries start at 11pm.
Get in shape for charity for pride month! Do something that is both good for your body and good for the world. Nihao Bonbon will be partnering with FlowCycle to host a free spinning class to support True Self, a China-based charity organization that strives for equal treatment of the LGBTQ community in both political and corporate spaces. Class is from 3.15-5.30pm, hair-flip theme. Music: Diva pop program. Check in 15 minutes before class begins, there will be ice cream and spritzes in the sun room afterward.
HUNT is Shanghai's only queer cafe, complete with its newly added outdoor secret garden, comfy sofas, and umbrellas to protect from the rain and sun. They are doing opening specials this for all of June to celebrate pride month!
Open daily from 11.30am to 9pm before it turns into the HUNT bar mood. This month only, go colorful with their special Rainbow Set where you can have rainbow cakes, lollipops, and coffee for 52rmb only. Or switch to one of the fancy "coffeetails" (coffee + alchol) for 88rmb. 3 hours all you can drink available for 188rmb. Happy Pride month!
HUNT is working with young artist Ingnan in celebrating pride month with his APPEAL project. It was created to build immersive, interactive experiences throughout 2D, 3D, and media methods in to tell stories of people Ingna has met in Shanghai.
The stories are meant to celebrate pride month, and cover a diverse range of people: men, women, straight, queer, from the west, from the east - people in Shanghai, people who have left Shanghai, and those who have left marks on the city. Exhibition opens at 8pm, entrance fee is 80rmb (includes 1 drink) or 180rmb for entrance and all-you-can-drink until 1am.
Browse all LGBTQ events in Shanghai here.