ShanghaiPRIDE 2016

17 June - 26 June

ShanghaiPRIDE 2016 Volunteer Recruitment Starts Now

ShanghaiPRIDE Volunteer Team Introduction
ShanghaiPRIDE is an annual week-long festival that has been celebrating diversity since 2009. It is the first LGBTQ festival in Mainland China. It is organized entirely by volunteers with the support of businesses, individuals, and foreign consulates. Our aim is to create awareness, promote visibility and tolerance for the LGBTQ community through various sports, cultural, and social activities. As a non-profit festival, ShanghaiPRIDE supports local grassroots development and fundraises for projects related to diversity issues. ShanghaiPRIDE promotes cross-cultural exchange locally as well as with LGBTQ festivals across Asia.

Over the past seven years, ShanghaiPRIDE has trained outstanding volunteers who come from all over the world to help and participate in this festival. All of the core organizing members of the festival are from the volunteer team.MORE…    

ShPRIDE Merchandise Questionnaire Survey

The 8th ShPRIDE is coming, are you ready? Do you want to get some memorable merchandise while you are enjoying the Event?

ShPRIDE Merchandise Team invites you to participate in this survey and pick out your favourite products!MORE…    

Event Recap: CINEMQ 7:/FACES/

Jan 21st, 2016 – CINEMQ is back! The monthly queer cinema party, organized by ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival, returned after a six-month break. Fifty people joined us to watch a selection of international short films. The theme was FACES, looking at masculinity, queer identity and the masks LGBT people are asked to wear to fit into society.

The event was hosted at Logo Club, with an after party by DJ Michael Cignarale and MIIIA.


CINEMQ 7 – Faces


Date: Thursday 21st January
Screening: 8:45pm-10pm
Afterparty: 10pm-2am
Venue: Logo, 298 Xingfu Lu, near Pingwu Lu
FREE ENTRY, Door opens at 8:30pm

Wear a mask. Eat your make-up, and paint your face like a man. Search for ‘straight-acting’. Sculpt your body, conform to a type.

Identity is performance, masculinity is a facade. Look beneath the cracked veneer to reveal the latent queer beneath. CINEMQ is back with a free screening of short films from around the world.

CINEMQ is a queer short film screening + party series. Walls are our screens. Rooftops and basements are our cinemas. Queer is our purpose.


Queer Talks – Polyamory


Queer Talks


Sunday JAN 3


LOCATION: Cambio Coffee, 861 Jiangning Lu, close to Haifang Lu

Welcome to 2016’s first Queer Talks! Polyamory:  Polyamorous people are those who include/are open to including multiple partners in a romantic relationship.Through media, culture and institutionalized value systems, we are conditioned to believe the only way to experience true love is through wanting one person and only them.  Polyamory is therefore often seen as abnormal, deviant or completely impossible. For this reason, for individuals who identity as polyamorous, it can be a challenging, emotional and self-doubting journey.

What defines a romantic relationships for you? Does talking about non-monogamous relationships feel uncomfortable or challenging for you? What are your thoughts or experiences on polyamorous relationships?


Love Queer Cinema Week

Dec 17 – Where are all the Chinese queers? Love Queer Cinema Week Tour arrived in Shanghai on Thursday this week with six short Chinese films from around the world. The screening is part of a series around China curated by Fan Popo and others from Beijing’s annual queer film festival. Their aim is to improve visibility of Chinese LGBTQ people, who are often absent in mainstream culture, and to engage people from all backgrounds in discussion about queer issues. ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival hosted the event, which was followed by a Q+A with filmmakers.MORE…    

Queer Talks – Trans* Identities

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Queer Talks

Trans* Identities

Sunday DEC 20


LOCATION: Cambio Coffee, 861 Jiangning Lu, close to Haifang Lu

Transgender/Trans: An umbrella term for people whose gender identity differs from the sex they were assigned at birth. The term transgender is not indicative of gender expression, sexual orientation, hormonal makeup, physical anatomy, or how one is perceived in daily life. Note that transgender does not have an “ed” at the end. (Definition by Trans Student Educational Resources)

Loving trans* people is a revolutionary act. Have you stereotyped trans people without realizing? Is a non-binary understanding of gender a confusing concept to you? Are you aware of the parts of your identity and expression that relate to gender? Do you want to learn more?


Love Queer Cinema Week Touring Screenings – Queer Chinese in Shorts

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From Malaysia to California, from Beijing to Hong Kong, queer Chinese are everywhere, and yet invisible. Where are they?

We have selected 6 short films from Love Queer Cinema Week 2015 on diverse topics and different forms. Different people, different choices, different lives. The program of films will be followed by a discussion with curator Popo Fan and director Ding Yi.

Supported by ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival

Date: 17th December 2015
Location: On Stage, A2-101, Red Town, 570 West Huaihai Road
Doors Open: 7.30pm
Entry: Free



December 1st this year marked the 28th World AIDS Day, it also marked the first Red Ribbon Gala organized by ShanghaiPRIDE, Q-Events, and the Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai.

“We are proud to be associated with the LGBT community and we trust that the Red Ribbon Gala will be a small contribution to the growing awareness of the need of further HIV research and support in China”, said Henk Meyknecht, General Manager of the Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai.

Over 120 esteemed guests arrived at the charity gala to show their support on the campaign to raise awareness and fight discrimination against HIV/AIDS.MORE…    

Queer Talks – HIV Sitgma


Queer Talks

HIV Sitgma

Sunday DEC 06


LOCATION: Cambio Coffee, 861 Jiangning Lu, close to Haifang Lu

HIV-related stigma and discrimination refers to prejudice, negative attitudes and abuse directed at people living with HIV and AIDS. The fear surrounding the emerging HIV epidemic in the 1980s persists today. At that time, very little was known about how HIV is transmitted, which made people scared of those infected due to fear of contagion. The consequences of stigma and discrimination are wide-ranging. Some people are shunned by family, peers and the wider community, while others face poor treatment in healthcare and education settings, erosion of their human rights, and psychological damage. These all limit access to HIV testing, treatment and other HIV services. We can put an end to this stigma, let’s talk about it!MORE…    

Kissmas Tree LGBT Night at Xintiandi

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Join Our Kissmas Tree LGBT Night at Xintiandi

On 19th/Dec, Shanghai’s LGBT groups are joining forces again with Xintiandi to write yet another chapter of our holiday! As Christmas approaches, we’re looking for all LGBT couples to show the power of love through sharing a simple kiss. Join usas we make sure LGBT love
lights up the night this holiday season, bringing visibility and hope to Shanghai’s LGBT community.

Too shy to share center stage? Just come out as part of the audience to support and help cheeron the courage of others. There’s no better gift this Christmas than uplifting one another and support the love the LGBT community. Each kiss on stages meansa small donation to charity and an even larger contribution to a shared future where our love is celebrated all year long.

Event Time and Location:

19th Dec. 2015, 8:00– 10:00 pm

Xintiandi South Block, Atrium of Xintiandi Style

*Participation is free of chargeMORE…    

Queer Talks – Romantic Love


Queer Talks

Romantic Love

Sunday NOV 22


LOCATION: Cambio Coffee, 861 Jiangning Lu, close to Haifang Lu

Romantic love, we all know what it is, we have seen it represented in almost every single mainstream movie and book around the world. This Sunday, let’s re-think romantic love together! How do we experience it? Is it natural or necessary? How does it work inside -our outside- a capitalistic dynamic? Does monogamy determine how deep or real is your love? How do asexual and/or aromantic people navigate trough a romantic world?

ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival 2016 + Short Film Competition Launch


ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival (ShPFF) will return in June 2016

Following a hugely successful first year, 2016 will be bigger and better, continuing to support new Chinese filmmakers and bringing the cutting edge of international queer cinema to Shanghai. Details of events and new initiatives will be announced next year, and press enquiries are welcomed.

In October 2015, ShPFF became one of the founding members of the Asia-Pacific LGBT/Queer Film Festivals Alliance. Launched in Taipei, the alliance aims to support and promote work by filmmakers across the region, as well as improving access to resources.

Short Film Competition

ShPFF launched its Short Film Competition on November 16th, 2015. The competition invites filmmakers to submit works (fiction, documentary or experimental) which tell stories of LGBT/queer Chinese characters.
Filmmakers of all backgrounds and experiences are eligible. Our top prize includes the chance to win funding for your next film through our partner, Iris Prize. In 2015, that prize was £30,000 (300,000RMB).

Full details on how to submit are available at
For any questions, please contact:

Festival Coordinators:
Matthew Baren 马熊 & Alvin Li 李佳桓
ShPFF is part of ShanghaiPRIDE, Mainland China’s first Pride festival

A Spooktacular Halloween

Thanks to all pubcrawlers who came out to haunt the gayborhood last Saturday night. We had a spooktacular night!  Special thanks to Lollipop Bar & Lounge, Asia Blue, Rice Bar, Roxie, My Place Ruin Bar, Hunter Bar, Eddy’s, Shanghai Studio & Lucca. A recap on the scary souls!


Taiwan International Queer Film Festival


The first and only LGBTQ film festival in Taiwan comes back for a second year!

Taiwan International Queer Film Festival brings back a bigger, hotter film slate including Robin Williams’ last feature drama “Boulevard”; “I am Michael ” starring James Franco and Emma Roberts; Thailand , Lithuanian and Dominican Republic’s Oscar entries for Best Foreign Language Film “Summer of Sangaile” , “How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)”, “Sand Dollars” and many winners from the biggest film festivals: Berlin, Toronto, Sundance, Tribeca, Edinburgh… MORE…    

Queer Talks -Hypersexualization


Queer Talks


Sunday OCT 25


LOCATION: Cambio Coffee, 861 Jiangning Lu, close to Haifang Lu

Hypersexualization is the act of (hyper) sexualizing or accentuating the sexuality of someone, or to make someone extremely sexual
Why do we hypersexualize specific communities or identities? Exotify cultures that are different from ours? Why do we objectify and commodify bodies?