SZUMMER PRIDE: Wet & Wild Review

 

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This article was written by a paying guest for this event and was not written by the owner of this blog.

The sunny beaches of Rainbow Bay in Dapeng, Shenzhen were the perfect setting for an uproarious weekend of raucous fun and endless dancing, and thanks to a dedicated team of volunteers the promised event was pulled off without a hitch.  Whether they had a hand in also ensuring the perfect weather is contestable.

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The venue was St. Tropez hotel whose main feature was a large blue swimming pool easily able to accommodate every guest who had an inkling for a dunking.  The water felt clean and clear without a chemical tang and was deep enough for the early-risers to dive in and refresh or for happy screamers to fall in as they were pushed from the side.  The circular bar in the main room offered lots of space for casual morning conversations and intimate late night laughter, and then when the disco lights turned on the floor provided ample room for dancers of every variety to strut their stuff.

The rooms on site were spacious, sound-resistant and fully airconditioned with large showers, Western toilets for the comfort of many of the guests and wide, soft beds.  The smaller cabins just outside the main building were a less auspicious affair with firmer, narrower beds and traditional toilet facilities but the quality of condition and cleanliness was still very high.

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For party-goers staying elsewhere, the choices ranged in price and quality depending on proximity to the Bay which was gated off, requiring a fairly long walk or taxi ride if outside, but directions and assistance were offered on-demand for any who requested it.

The beach itself was long and sandy, very comfortable to walk on, and the sea water warm and calm.  The beach was mostly clean throughout the day but as the evening gave way and beachgoers departed rubbish would pile up near the sea wall which would then be picked up by the high tide.  This, unfortunately, meant a morning swim was peppered by bits of human refuse, spoiling an otherwise wonderful beach experience.

And of the party itself, the music was endless and intoxicating, sound levels managed to ensure that it wasn’t too loud but then ramping up late into the night when passions ran hot.  The food on offer was very satisfying with a mix to suit many tastes ranging from a full meal of black beans with beef and rice to salads and pastry snacks to satiate the peckish mid-afternoon time.  The drinks menu offered five cocktails but only one beer and a selection of soft drinks and mineral water.

The main attractions were the guest DJ Thiago Oliveira and Japanese dancers Susumu and Alex.  Thiago’s mixing was on-point, both nights soundtracks luring almost everyone onto the dance floor.  And the boys with the bods were extremely popular and incredibly friendly, joining in with the pool shenanigans, chatting and having photographs with anyone who asked before providing a fantastic show on the pedestals.

 

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But the biggest praise must go to the organizers who made the weekend happen: Alex, Alessandro and their team of foreign and local volunteers were totally unfazed by every query, panic or disruption and handled everyone with the kind of equality that Pride is meant for.  They were the first up, the last to bed and did it all with a smile on their faces.  I suspect they enjoyed themselves just as much as everyone else but without their astounding dedication the weekend could have been such a disappointment.

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It was unfortunate that Monday’s departure was marred by heavy traffic meaning people were either extremely late getting home or forced to find alternative means but in the end the party spirit lived on and those that waited it out gathered round the KTV machine and burnt the wick just a little bit longer for a memory that I am sure will never be forgotten by many of the guests.

 

 

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What is next?

Pride Film Night

Date: 21st of June 2018   Place: Evil-Duck  Address: Shuiwei 5th street, number 76. Shuiwei wu jie , 76 dong. 福田区水围五街21号76栋

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Evil-Duck, the quirky bar, and eatery in Shuiwei Village, will play host to Pride Film Night, which combines a film viewing upstairs with a social mixer downstairs, with craft beer and cider, mouth-watering meals and snacks, and a chance to discuss LGBT movies and culture, or just relax and enjoy the music of Shenzhen favourite DJ Max Pump.

 

 

Saturgays: Closing Party 

Date: 23nd of June 2018  10pm Place: Ciyuntang, Shop 119, Block B, Xihai Mingzhu (near Taoyuan metro) 西海明珠花园119商铺 慈云堂(近桃园站)

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SZUMMER PRIDE: Family Day Review

Hello, my Lalas and Followers. I have first to apologize because I am late on this review but you should know I was absolutely present during the Family Day last Sunday, giving all the support to these growing events in China.

Let´s start with our review!

The Place:

Bar: Bionic Brewery, Address:  深圳市南山区白石洲沙河街商业步行街 Shangyebuxingjie, Baishizhou,  Nanshan.

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I personally like this place as you can get good craft beer, good pizza, and the staff is absolutely friendly. However, I think we could have a bit more “kids” friendly place, I am sure for future events this can be considered but we appreciate the effort for this event! I personally loved the PRIDE Craft Beer, I had two and I don´t drink that much! The price was super good and the weather was the best especially after few days of strong rain.

The Event

The event was for all kinds of people, which is the point of PRIDE to be inclusive, you were able to see not just LGBT+ people but also straight families and I personally bought a friend´s dog (don´t listen to anyone that says I stole the dog!). My favorite part was that we were able to see photos of the same event in other cities of China, I am sure this is the landmark for what would be a new tradition! I also really liked the magic show we got not just for the kids but for someone like me that really enjoys this kind of shows

 

Our conclusion: 

This was a great start for a new tradition, it takes a small step to start a great adventure! I am sure the organizers will improve and improve to make this an even better event! Thanks to Alex for the invite!

Some photos of the events

Note: Some of the photos don´t belong to me but to the SZUMMER organizers thanks for sharing! 

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What is next? 

Wet & Wild: Long Weekend

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This is the official schedule: 

DAY ONE – June 16 – 7pm till late
Cocktail party @Poolside with swimwear fashion show
Beach After Party @Secret Spot – all night long

DAY TWO – June 17 – 2pm till late
“Wet Pool Party – wear a swimsuit – let’s get WET!
“Wild” Jungle Disco – dress code: jungle!

第一天 – 6/16 19:00至凌晨
鸡尾酒趴
@泳池边 – 男士泳衣时装秀
深夜沙滩趴@秘点沙滩酒吧 – 玩到天亮

第二天 – 6/17 14:00至凌晨
【湿】泳池趴 – 穿泳衣 – 一起湿身吧
【狂】森林主题大趴 – 疯狂森林主题着装

Want to buy tickets? Click here 

This event is one you don´t want to miss, especially if you are a newbie gay boy!

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For the location:

深圳西涌沙滩 Xichong Beach, Shenzhen

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For more information, you can visit their official website 

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SZUMMER PRIDE 2018 Opening Ceremony: Review

Shenzhen PRIDE has officially begun! We will bring to you, or a least try, review for all the events as well as locations for the events in the official calendar. Let´s all support the rainbow community!

The last 2nd of June the opening ceremony was held at Wine LAB a bar that offers a wide selection of wines and offers delicious Spanish Tapas, with a relax people came together and gave a start to what it will be a month of celebration.

Place: Wine Bar

Address: 南山区侨城东路99号深南电路大厦一楼 1/F, 99 Qiaochengdong Rd, Nanshan

Metro station:  QiaoCheng North Station and Qiaocheng East Station

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Note: Photos do not belong to this blog but to the SZUMMER organizers, thank you for sharing! 

The event was host by the three organizers, Alex, Alessandro, and Shane, with VIP attendance as the founder of PFLAG China 同性恋亲友会, Ms. Wu Youjian, PFLAG China was founded in Guangzhou in 2008 as an independent organization name after the American one, with her the leaders of the Shenzhen branch came to thank the committee.

I, as the founder of this LaLa Blog, was invited to the opening ceremony but I was unable to attend for personal reasons but I am deeply grateful that our blog was invited and deeply regret not being there I got nothing but great comments on the environment of the place, the emotional and profound speeches given by the VIP guests as well as the amazing work everyone involved did to make this happen.

We must remember that we are still behind to be as open and free as everyone has the right to be but it is only together that will get there.

Here are few photos of the night.

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What event is next?

Family Day for CNPRIDE, SZUMMER PRIDE, PFLAG Shenzhen and GZ PRIDE will hold the Family Day on June 10, this event will happen in different locations the same day, in Shenzhen, it will be in Bionic Brewery with a selection of beers and meals throughout the day.

Bar: Bionic Brewery, Address:  深圳市南山区白石洲沙河街商业步行街 Shangyebuxingjie, Baishizhou,  Nanshan.

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What is PRIDE?

Hello everyone! It is June and you all know what that means, it is PRIDE month!. I know I am a bit late with this post but I was busy this last few days, Sorry! However, here I am and we will talk all about PRIDE and the basic information we all should know.

  1. What is PRIDE month?

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The 50s and 60s was a period of extreme repression  in the USA,  it was in this homophobic context when two organizations in particular carried out pickets called “Annual Reminders” to inform and remind that LGBT people did not receive basic civil rights protection, the annual reminders began in 1965 and it took place the 4th of July in Philadephia.  “Gay is Good” phrase came saw the light in 1968 by Frank Kameny a gay civil right pioneer and participant of this annuals reminders. it was in the early morning of the 28th of June of 1968 were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the LGBT community against police raid took place in New York City, this event has been considered the ground base leading the gay liberation movement in our modern society and it is because of these that the month of June was chosen for the LGBT pride month and commemorate the Stonewall riots, as result many events are held during this month to recognize the impact LGBT people in the world.

2. Who created the Rainbow Flag?

The father of the flab is Gilbert Baker, 1951-2017, an American artist, gay rights activists, this flag is widely known as the PRIDE flag and is a symbol for the LGBT social movements.

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3.  Top 10 PRIDE Events (Base on statistics)

  1. São Paulo, Brazil. (Parade)
  2. Madrid, Spain (Festival)
  3. New York City, USA (Parade and Festival)
  4. San Francisco, USA (Parade and Festival)
  5. Cologne, Germany (Parade)
  6. Toronto, Canada ( Festival)
  7. London, England (Parade)
  8. Colombus, USA (Parade)
  9. Chicago, USA (Parade)
  10. Rome, Italy (Festival)

4.  Best Countries to go and celebrate PRIDE

  • USA
  • Brazil
  • Netherlands
  • Canada
  • Spain
  • Australia
  • Germany

5. Where in China can I celebrate PRIDE?

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There are different places where you can celebrate PRIDE, here is the list of place that will host PRIDE events.

1. Shanghai PRIDE,  Shanghai.  Offical Website 

2.Hong Kong PRIDE Parade,  HK  Offical Website 

3. Shenzhen PRIDE, SZ    Offical Website

4. Guangzhou PRIDE,    Offical website pending.

 

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Acceptance

Acceptance is something everyone wants all the way through their life. As children, we want acceptance from our parents and peers and the same goes for when we are adults. But for people within the LGBTQ+ community, it is often misunderstood as to how difficult acceptance can be.

When I first came out, I was afraid that my friends wouldn’t accept me for who I am. To this day, I’m grateful that they did. Those first few people that you say it aloud to help us to feel safe and accepted, therefore it becomes easier each time we openly say that this is who we are. However, I have still faced many hardships and a great deal of hatred towards me, all for the fact that I am gay.

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In my adult life, I came to understand that there are just some things that will never change. There are always going to be some closed minded ignorant people in the world. But thankfully these days, those numbers are far fewer than what they were before.

On moving to China, I was told that I had to keep that part of my life completely sealed off as I would be hit with many issues if people were to know or even see that I was gay in any way. I thankfully learned that that wasn’t entirely true. At least not in the city of Shenzhen. I’ve been accepted by so many people here, both foreigners and Chinese alike, who have shown me that there is a safe space to be happy and safely open about who I am. However that being said, there are still aspects of my life where I feel uncomfortable voicing it out loud for fear of misunderstanding or worse, persecution.

It doesn’t matter where you are from in the world, there will unfortunately always be some darkness trying to surround members of the LGBTQ+ community and most of us will have already experienced this. There is already too much sadness and malicious intent towards the LGBTQ+ community for us to separate or have conflict. Pride is a time for all members of this community to celebrate our freedom to be who we are and love who we want to love. That’s why with SZummer pride only a few weeks away, I respectfully request that we all come together stronger than ever to look past any adversity or hardship that may have occurred over the past few months and come out better and stronger as one. We are all human and we all have the right to be who we are and love who we love. We should be each other’s support system through anything.

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I am proud to say that I accept anyone no matter where they are from, who they are or who they love. I hope that one day we, in the LGBTQ+ community, can live without fear of not being accepted, but until that day arrives, I hope that we can stand together and stay strong.

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Shenzhen​ Stories Presents: PRIDE Quick Review

Hello, my beautiful Lalas and Rainbow people! I am back and this time with my review about what Shenzhen Stories: Pride, as you should know, or maybe not, I was one of the speakers this time! Yes! I was so nervous but I did my best to tell my story about how I came out of the closet, you will find soon the podcast of it on the official website: Shenzhen Stories SoundCloud  I hope you will enjoy it!

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*This photo does not belong to the blog but to Shenzhen Stories staff members 

My afternoon started very well when, at 6pm, I joined my very good friend Addie for dinner and after we took a slow walk to the coffee shop where Shenzhen Stories is hosted. There was a big “PRIDE” drawing on the wall, the environment was charming and relaxing, I was, of course, excited and nervous all at once. The first speaker joins, she talked about her family and how proud she is living in a more modern China.

I was the second speaker to join and after a shot of tequila, Viva México, I was brave enough to stand in front of the people and share my story, which I will share the draft bellow with you:

“Love has no shape” That was the answer that Guillermo del Toro gave when asked why the title of their movie “The Shape of water”, he said love comes to us without a specific form. I was in high school the first time I saw her, I was 15 and she was 17, her hair was reminding me of a sunset, her honey eyes were innocent. That was the shape of love for me, a girl, a woman and it felt great, every time she would hold my hand, she kissed my check, I can still remember her perfume, I was so nervous to talk to her than when we were finally introduced I called myself Lauren (My name is Laura), I came back the next day with bigger shoes (I wanted to be taller!). No one told that was love, no one told me it was ok to feel that way and when my mother found it my whole world fell apart, suddenly I was too young to know, it was just a face, she was a bad influence, my parents were getting divorce so for sure I was just trying to get attention and if I was willing to find a boyfriend I would see that was right for me and I did, I found a boy who I broke his heart’ the moment  I went to collage and met another woman that just smile at me once! A woman that I also wasn’t able to be with because I was so scared and ashamed of myself, I denied to know her when my friends asked who she was. Love had the shape of a woman and I was running away from it, I was trying so hard to represent it that I ended up in China.  The “Love has not shape” and it was at 24 when I understood that it was up to me to be happy, so I wrote one page letter to my mother, the most important person in my life, and I finally said it, as clear as I could “ I am gay and I am still the same daughter you rise me to be” that day also my mother learn that “love has no shape”. 

As you may notice, once you hear the podcast, I changed few things because when standing there in front of all those people perception changes and memories come back to you, however, this will give you guys the general idea of my story.

In the end, I think I was able to share my view of this world, where we can be free of love who we want!

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