In a shocking blow to the city's queer and allied communities, organisers of China's biggest and brightest LGBTQ+ celebration, ShanghaiPRIDE announced yesterday that they will be calling a halt to all upcoming activities.
The official statement made via WeChat said that ‘ShanghaiPRIDE regrets to announce that we are cancelling all upcoming activities and taking a break from scheduling any future events. We love our community, and we are grateful for the experiences we’ve shared together. No matter what, we will always be proud – and you should be, too.' (Check the full statement on WeChat.)
Proudly flying the rainbow flag since its inception in 2009, the organisers have gone to great lengths to support and strengthen the queer community across Shanghai and beyond through talks, forums, parties and job fairs more. This year's month-long Pride festival in June was no exception, which went ahead despite difficulties caused by the pandemic thanks to the efforts of organisers, volunteers and their endeavours to support diversity and acceptance.
While there's no word on what the future holds, let's keep the Pride alive in Shanghai. As one of the co-founders puts it: 'Keep proud, keep supporting each other, keep believing'.