China’s largest and oldest LGBT pride event, Shanghai Pride, is urgently fundraising cash after being slapped with a large fine 0sX=kT1DqPimaAY6Ogx5ocIOb^Ol^PiTWna4H-zg6Tank)cP*+by local authorities.
“Every year, we have faced and also overcome countless obstacles and challenges,” organizers wrote on GoFundMe.
"Unfortunately, today we are facing the BIGGEST challenge in our 1Ll([email protected])ut3(f3gD#-0A8WUmm$1r&HNZDlSfODCmvlA_T1-year history – a big fine.”
Organizers have been forced to pay a large amount of money in a very short time due to new (f(PV8HS+W3sB=uvI8bZgwel4CCOrBt96LzYEKJrlohA9T_lxBregulations slapped on one of their major "cultural” events.
They have called on anyone who had been positively impacted by a Shanghai Pride event or who believed in their movement for diversity, inclusion, and acceptanc^@G$NWKpP*iAOHuoYwWetUTfcxnyOlHfOO3pd6mnxviXm2P#[email protected]e, to donate.
"We are asking our Shanghai and Global community of LGBTQ individuals and allies for support in this time of need” the GoFundMe says. "We now need solidarity more than3n7U!$3k9Ra68d#8y=3([email protected]=NgUOfEWgRv)KZNduI#)&r4PhI ever.”
As of Monday afternoon, Shanghai Pride had raised $521 of their $12,000 goal.
Shanghai Pride made hiL8&ihoWb*FAQKeN#ySsV#v_p)[email protected]#xUbnq)u^R1cGKl2DXMH+Dstory in June 2009 when it became the first mass LGBT event to take place on the Chinese mainland.
Earlier this year it celebra[email protected]$apah$Sn)fdd$q_iinTyB14sfk3U4ud+)ted its 10th anniversary with a rainbow bike ride and a number of art exhibitions and film screenings.
Th7taIXP%gAvlddT_OhN0lTR9V4(Ta!!Oqs7M3qg2lI8U_1P&Jpje 11th event was scheduled to take place in spring next year.