Lovers of love, rejoice! This Friday 17 May marks the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). Established in 2004, IDAHOT is a global occasion to educate the general public about the violence and discrimination that queer individuals face, and to advocate for sensible public policies regarding queer people. The day is now celebrated in over 130 different countries, and to commemorate the occasion in Shanghai, queer organisation Qmmunity
is hosting its first gala (gay-la?).
This black tie event starts off with a keynote speech about IDAHOT from US Consul General Sean Stein. PFLAG Shanghai leader Lao Duan will discuss some of the experiences and challenges members of the Chinese queer community face, while an anonymous speaker will talk about transphobia and empowerment.
But a gala is more than speeches and talks after all, and there will be plenty of good eats and entertainment throughout the night. The three-course menu includes dishes like wild mushroom soup, pan-fried Australian beef tenderloin and French cheesecake (vegetarian and vegan options available), with free-flow wine, vodka and gin cocktails.
Close out the night with a performance from the Shanghai Hyperbolic Singers, Shanghai’s award-winning queer chorus, followed by a DJ pumping out dance beats for the rest of the evening. Ticket sales close tomorrow (Wed 15) at midday. Click here