At the End of the Rainbow, Looking Back at Shanghai Pride

The longest-running Pride celebration on the Chinese mainland abruptly said it is canceling upcoming activities and won’t schedule future events.

Eleven years after its inaugural event, Shanghai Pride has found itself at the end of the proverbial rainbow.

In a statement posted last Thursday, the organizers of Shanghai Pride, the largest and longest-running Pride festival on the Chinese mainland, said they were “canceling all upcoming activities and taking a break from scheduling any future events.” The statement did not include a reason for the sudden move.

A Shanghai Pride source with knowledge of the matter told Sixth Tone that “the events we run are all within the guidelines,” without elaborating further.

Shanghai Pride’s cancellation announcement came weeks after the nonprofit organized a nine-day Pride festival in June, while many similar events scheduled to take place abroad were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On Sunday, Shanghai Pride kicked off an art exhibition for LGBT artists and allies. That event will continue through Sept. 6, though the Shanghai Pride Film Festival and discussion panel events planned for later dates are likely now canceled. Continue to read the full article here


– This article originally appeared on Sixth Tone.