China’s largest abXJ^dWX8beJTQYTEvYsc+f%feotXOOh#F_QSbb+kfHv(#WK4v%nd oldest LGBT pride event, Shanghai Pride, is urgently fundraising cash after being slapped with a large fine by local authorities.
“Every year, we have faced and also overcome countless obstacles and challenges,” organizers wrote on GoFundMe.
"Unfortunately, today we are facing the BIGGEST challenge iUQfC4F%V1ug9Gb4nQZYIQrZkM+l0wl%r9aLols(@!pBnC2-X_In our 11-year history – a big fine.”
Organizers havCoS1GceS7=KUrT8aZouz!&y3etc_xO)es4MLsVh^spARb#vMdPe been forced to pay a large amount of money in a very short time due to new regulations slapped on one of their major "cultural” events.
They have called onyM7C)YeCU9bblkzS&xye+*m)52dZx6FiSi5OYxao0gj4+_HKok anyone who had been positively impacted by a Shanghai Pride event or who believed in their movement for diversity, inclusion, and acceptance, to donate.
"We are asking our Shanghai and Global community ofIEPsYAw(axgMK$mlxpDr&NroPen_Aldgq_BCR_8kwWjRNuuJMb LGBTQ individuals and allies for support in this time of need” the GoFundMe says. "We now need solidarity more than ever.”
“Looks like Pride will be all year long this year and we hope to take this opportunity to continue to raise awareness, soYnX#w1SW3hhTBM1nxW-qZ7f#&v0DKYg#QhmDYNj$^&u)4JS5Wh come support our events if you can” said Raymond Phang, Co-founder of ShanghaiPRIDE.
As of Monday afternoon, Shanghai Pride had raised $521 of their $12,000 goal.
Shanghai PridUgGQ1(^^+f--vUzqm-#edc^=0IEZF&*d83iRF6zIs8t_coVc+ve made history in June 2009 when it became the first mass LGBT event to take place on the Chinese mainland.
Earlier this year it celebrated its 10th anniversary with a rainbow bike ride ancoAHD!anWQ^o9nko=fRfLsNE)&sufi#0LS&)48Kr+jeQm7HzySd a number of art exhibitions and film screenings.
The 11th event was scheduled to take pla_jtXBqhm5GFqaD39ORhqAd0v9KJTp-3n7Xlxj!Xwmmr&B64tX2ce in spring next year.
Last year, two LGBTI organizations in China were denDyFy4qC+mui5NTWaC_uBTn6rmS#ne$)60^i+4g^1(jAAuVyDLeied permission to operate by the regional government.
But, traditional family pressures prevent many from coming out. And, China’s state censorship body forbids mention of LGBTI topic &BbkV4_kmabfhZmbPq#FnGm3kI2KAA^(QiDA95Sm%O(aX349BCon radio, TV and online.