On June 28th, 1969 the Stonewall Riots kicked of the gay rights movement in the US. In 1970 the first gay pride marches took place in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago – today prides are happening all around the world. TQU wants to know who the people are that are organizing todays prides and what the marches mean to them. See all Faces of Pride.
Faces Of Pride:
Evie Wu || Shanghai Pride
What’s your name and age? Hi! This is Evie Wu. I’m 30.
Since when have you been involved with ShanghaiPRIDE and what do you do? I joined ShanghaiPRIDE at the end of 2012 and helped with translation and theatres the following year. I organized ShanghaiPRIDE Theatre Festival from 2014-2015, and work on Brand Management & Communication since 2016.
Why do you think Prides are important? First of all, Prides encourage individuals to be themselves through educational, social, sport and art activities.
Then Prides are festivals which can make the voice louder and help to create awareness and visibility. Also it’s a great platform for partners and communities to get together and to support those who support the community.
What is one (or two) remarkable thing(s) that has/have happened at ShanghaiPRIDE?
ShanghaiPRIDE is entirely organized by volunteers with the support from media, consulates, sponsors and individuals. This year we’ve got over 300 volunteers for 10 days of events.
At same time, we can see that many local companies are involved to create a diverse workplace or an LGBTQ friendly venue. This year we work with Out&Equal from the USA to organize China Roundtable which brought over 50 participants together to talk about how to start with a Diversity & Inclusive program in corporations. We talked about how it’s important for colleagues to be allies, to support the community and how to improve the LGBTQ workplace and attract more talents for the corporation.
This year is the 10th year of pride in Shanghai and we initiate CnPRIDE at this moment with grassroots organizations around Mainland China, that have developed for years and that have the capability to organize a festival or an event for their local community. From May to July, the whole community around the mainland can celebrate TOGETHER!
What do you do when your not organizing Shanghai Pride? We all have our full time job. Besides, we start organizing ShanghaiPRIDE at least 8 months earlier which means most of the time we are with pride. Currently we’ve got over 300 volunteers so it’s a big community actually. The rest of the time, when we meet, we will still discuss how we can improve our management, event experience, partner relationship to make much influence in Shanghai and make it more diverse. ShanghaiPRIDE has become a super important thing in my life.
What’s one of your favorite pastimes? Reading & traveling.
Is there something you would like to say to the rest of the LGBT+ community? We are not alone, be brave to be yourself!