Pink Season 2013

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Over the past year, there have been great gains in the LGBT community, both globally and here in Hong Kong. And these advances, particularly the gradual shift towards a more tolerant attitude, is something this year’s Pink Season is looking to focus on.

Now in its third iteration, Pink Season is pursuing a theme titled The Pink Reveal aimed at encouraging LGBT members to come out to their friends, family and colleagues. “It’s about revealing ourselves in order to increase visibility, which will, in turn, bring more presence to LGBT events in Hong Kong,” says project co-ordinator Bess Hepworth. “We are trying to reach out to the wider LGBT community and connect all the different factions.”

Indeed, this year’s lineup has been notably more inclusive than previous instalments. Besides Pink Season favourites like Mr Gay Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and Floatilla, there are a few welcome additions like global LGBT business summit Out on the Street, a gay improv comedy night hosted by non-gay group People’s Liberation Improv and a slew of gay sporting events including volleyball, football, badminton and golf.

The Pink Season programme is still being finalised, but it’s expected to have 40 events scheduled running between September 12 and November 10. Here are some of the highlights of the events so far announced…

Avant G’Art – Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival Opening Party
It’s a night of drag divas performing their very best numbers in fabulous outfits to celebrate the start of the HKLGFF. DJ Bling spins his electro tunes and men’s fashion designer Six Lee showcases his upcoming collection. Proceeds from the event benefit AIDS Concern and the HKLGFF. Thu Sep 19, 10pm-late, $320, Kee Club.

Pink Season Picnic and Pink Paws Parade
Dress in pink and head towards Victoria Peak Garden for a chilled out day with friends and pets. If your canine friends are feeling bold, they can dress as a leather daddy or in drag and participate in the Pink Paws Parade. Sat Sep 21, 11am-3pm, Victoria Peak Garden.

Floatilla 2013
A fleet of junk boats carrying men in speedos (there is a lesbian boat too) make its way to Hung Shing Yeh Beach for a day of uninhibited wet fun. This is the party you don’t want to miss. Sun Oct 20, 10am-6pm, meet at Central Pier No 9, email floatillahk@yahoo.com to register for a boat.

Out on the Street Asia Summit
The global LGBT business summit makes its way to Asia for the first time. Speaker Todd Sears explains how equality and non-discriminatory policies in the workplace can mean higher returns for corporations. Thu Oct 24.

Pink Season Sep 12-Nov 10. For the full Pink Season lineup, visit pinkseason.hk

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