In the pink!

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It’s easy to tell when Pink Season is approaching. Hong Kong’s smoggy air takes on a more fragrant odour (think that homoerotic perfume Fierce leaking out of Abercrombie and Fitch stores), the clouds separate and rainbows come shining through. Okay, that doesn’t really happen – but we definitely feel an excitable ripple in the city’s gay community in the run-up to the big fest.

This year’s Pink Season, headed by the TCJM (Tongzhi Community Join Meeting), returns bigger and better than ever with new events being organised alongside the old favourites. Co-ordinator Tay Her Lim says: “This year, the focus is on encouraging the engagement of the community, bridging the gap between expat and local LGBT communities and also showing the government and businesses that ‘pink power’ in Hong Kong is strong and important.”


Unfortunately, the Pride Parade Committee won’t be participating in the season after they boycotted the IDAHOT event earlier this year. However, that doesn’t mean Pink Season is going to be a washout. Quite the opposite. With more sponsorship being pumped in this year, we can expect pretty big turnouts at events. Some details are still being confirmed, so check pinkseason.hk for the latest updates. But plenty has been outlined already – so here are our highlights so far…

Pink Season Ultimate Pride Party September 29
All the boys and girls are going to be at the official opening party for Pink Season. Guaranteed. International MC/DJ Jelly JJ headlines the event and he’s going to be accompanied by the deliciously fierce dancers of Les Fleurs Savauge for a power-packed, sparkling performance. Don’t miss the chance to be at the heart of the pride party mayhem. Volume: BEAT, 62 Jervois St, Sheung Wan, 11pm till late, free admission.

Floatilla October 7
A fleet of 10 to 15 junk boats leaving Central Pier carrying an army of oiled bodies in colourful Speedos is the kind of party we want to join. Out at sea, the boats congregate into a cluster so the boys and girls can swim to different vessels and mingle with new friends while sipping on cool cocktails. It’s a rare occasion when the gays and lesbians can leave the nightlife hub of Central and party during the day in a gay-dedicated event, so take advantage of the sun and fun. Join one of the popular boats like Fruits in Suits and Mr Gay Hong Kong or email floatillahk@yahoo.com to find out the rest of the details. Departing Central Pier No 9 at 10.30am, registration required.

Dream of the Mermaid October 13 to 14
A woman who yearns to be a fully-fledged mermaid can only become such a creature at night and must transform into her human form during the day. Or so this play will have you believe. The protagonist struggles to make a full transformation but, at the same time, falls in love with someone who the fairytale laws will not recognise. Dream of the Mermaid is a metaphor for the issues which our transgender community faces every day. Producer Mimi Wong says: “We wanted to make a play that would support the case of ‘W’ – the post-op trans-woman fighting for her right to marry the man she loves.” Deep stuff. Yuen Long Theatre Auditorium, 9 Yuen Long Tai Yuk Rd, Yuen Long, $250-$150.

Out in the Open October 14
LGBT families need events to gather at just like their straight counterparts – which is why Out in the Open was created to provide a day where the dynamic of today’s modern family can be celebrated. LGBT families will have the chance go to Middle Bay Beach to cut loose, dance, eat and meet new families. It’s a great way to set up play dates for your kids.Middle Bay Beach, details TBC.

HK Lesbian and Gay Film Festival November 16 to December 2
Possibly the biggest event of Pink Season, this film festival showcases a series of LGBT films that are provocative, educational, romantic and, most importantly, entertaining. The fest also allows the community to come together and critique the films. Last year’s highlight shows all sold out, so it would be a wise decision to buy tickets well in advance. Various venues, see hklgff.hk for more info.

Les Peches December 4
Les Peches is the hottest lesbian hangout spot in town, equipped with chart-topping hits to dance to, provocative cage dancers and, of course, sexy ladies looking for other sexy ladies. It’s the place to be, which is why – for the second time – it will be hosting the closing party for Pink Season. Be there to see the celebrations come to a colourful close with blasts of pink confetti. Lakage, details TBC.
 

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