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Next month heralds an event that will be incredibly meaningful to certain groups of people in Shanghai and across China, and is a milestone for communities worldwide. On the 8th of June, Shanghai Pride begins - a week-long celebration of homosexuality that is the first of its kind on the Chinese mainland. While Gay Pride has been a part of life in the West since the Stonewall Riots of the s, it is a fairly new concept in Asia; Hong Kong had its first Pride event just last year.
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Although Shanghai still has some way to go before being gay is totally acceptable, it is almost certainly the best place to be if you identify as LGBT in China. The nearby Shanghai Studio combines wall-art with neon-lit nooks and rooms, and holds a kuai open bar every Thursday night. The Rice Bar takes its name from this phenomenon, and is a mecca for Westerners who are attracted to Chinese guys. It tends to get rowdy, especially at weekends, and the older crowd tends to prefer Focus.
When my first boyfriend came out, aged 15, his parents drove him to a pseudo-scientist to be cured of his homosexuality: consider this against a context of being bullied at school for being gay. Today, he is recovering from crystal meth addiction. There are different views, after all, on how much the rich should be taxed, or how high the minimum wage should be, or who should own the railways.
Luckily, the city is becoming a little more open every year, with the first annual. Shanghai Pride Week. Below are some of the more established clubs and bars for the gay community, but keep your eye out for more opening as summer approaches.
This article is part of a series on gender and sexuality in China. Read more here. Along with this comes a distinct social visibility, which generates finical support from both Chinese and international organizations for gay individuals.
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