To celebrate Pride Month this year, I was invited to attend and speak at the Shanghai Pride 2017 LGBTQ Groups Open Day and Forum on Saturday 17 June in Shanghai.
Shanghai Pride is the longest existing LGBTQ festival in China, organised entirely by volunteers with the support of media, individuals, businesses and foreign consulates. The ninth annual ShanghaiPRIDE festival on June 15-18, which included auxiliary events in March, April and throughout May and June, brought together over 6,000 attendees under the theme “The Time is Now”. It comprised a series of cultural, social and educational events, inspiring the community to love fearlessly, live openly, and promote acceptance and equality. This year’s festival also set the stage for next year’s groundbreaking national CnPRIDE, which will launch Pride festivities across the whole of China.
On 17 June, 30 organisations from 13 provinces and regions across China attended LGBTQ Groups Open Day & Forum at Andaz Xintiandi, Shanghai. The Open Day offered a platform for different organisations to meet and share their learnings and initiatives across China. A series of speakers also shared their experience and challenges on LGBT+ topics, ranging from queer family matters, training educators, psychological consultants to advocating LGBT+ inclusion with businesses.
It was inspiring to see a range of different LGBT+ NGOs and groups taking the initiative to improve and advance LGBT+ inclusion in China. While in Hong Kong it is the business sector taking the lead, in China it is individuals at the grassroots level in different provinces in China who are advocating for change and driving the movement forward..
On the same day, WorkforLGBT organised the 3rd Annual China LGBT Talent Job Fair at the Grand Hyatt Shanghai Hotel. As many as 43 organisations joined the fair this year, up from 34 in 2016. Including many member companies of Community Business’ leading diversity and inclusion network, DIAN. I had the pleasure of bumping into our o local champion and friend, Paul Choi, championing Goldman Sachs’ commitment to LGBT+ inclusion in mainland China too.
For more information on Shanghai Pride: http://www.shpride.com/2017/06/23/shpride2017/?lang=en
For more information on 3rd Annual China LGBT Talent Job Fair: http://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/mzsRIajso0-WC_6WOaj1VA