June has finally started and it’s officially Pride month! Tons of colourful festivities are lined up in some cities. Whether as part of the LGBTQ+ community or as an ally, you’re welcome to join in and fight for equality. Thinking of joining the festivities? If you’re travelling around the region this month, check out these cities you can visit where you can celebrate Pride 2019. March for a cause and show your support for love and diversity.
Better fly ASAP to Seoul because South Korea's capital started their Pride 2019 festivities early this year. Since 21 May, they’ve been celebrating diversity through Seoul Queer Culture Festival. The parade and art festival was actually banned in 2015, but the event organisers fought for it to be uplifted so they can stand up for equality. Unfortunately, the main parade has already been done last 1 June. However, you can still catch the ongoing Queer Film Festival at Daehan Cinema before it ends this 9 June.
If you're planning a trip to Shanghai soon, then be sure to join in their festivities. Shanghai started celebrating diversity in China back in 2009 through ShanghaiPRIDE events. Organised by volunteers, the event aims to raise awareness and encourage acceptance for the members of the LGBTQ+ community. Aside from getting to know their local scene, you’ll get to enjoy fun parties, art exhibits, and sports events, among others. Enjoy all these and more from 13 to 16 June all over Shanghai.
First launched in 2017, Pink Dot festival has become a way for LGBTQ+ Singaporeans to unite. It’s not a protest, but a gathering for people who believe that everyone should have the freedom to love. Get festive this 29 June at Hong Lim Park and stay for the concert and a light-up event. Unfortunately, you can't join in this year unless you're a Singapore citizen or a permanent resident of the country. So if you’re a local, be sure to drop by to show your support.
Metro Manila, Philippines
Visiting Metro Manila later this month? Don't miss the annual march where the local LGBTQ+ community stand united together. Now on its 25th year, Metro Manila Pride is the oldest pride celebration in the region. Going strong, the festival racked up 25,000 attendees in the past year. Experience fun and colour while showing your solidarity with the community this 29 June. The largest pride event in Southeast Asia will be held once again in Marikina Sports Center, where you’ll surely enjoy the activities and concerts prepared after the march.
If you end up missing all the aforementioned events, don’t worry! You can still celebrate Pride 2019 if you fly off to Taipei this 26 October. With more than 80,000 attendees from around the world, the two-day Taiwan Pride is the biggest Pride event in East Asia. By joining the parade, you not only get to show your support for the LGBTQ+ community, but you also get to see the streets of Taipei. With bigger things to celebrate, such as the legalisation of same-sex marriage in the country, expect greater things from this year’s celebration. Aside from the post-parade performances from local celebrities, perhaps there’s something more in store for the participants this October.
Next, continue the fun and plan your trip around these Southeast Asian festivals.