Every year in June, cities around the world observe Pride Month. The event honours the 1969 Stonewall uprising in Manhattan, when on June 28 police entered gay bar Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, a safe refuge where gay men and lesbians could safely socialize, and took several patrons into custody. Although this wasn’t the first time young members of the LGBTQ community had faced harassment or discrimination, this event sparked violent confrontations between bargoers and police that lasted for five days, becaming a symbol of LGBTQ solidarity. While Hong Kong still falls behind other nations in legally recognizing gay partnerships, pride events abound during June. Here, find out where and how to celebrate Pride Month 2022 in Hong Kong.
Africa Center Hong Kong’s Queer Pride Festival will celebrate queer African voices, like Marsha P. Johnson and Simon Nkoli, who left resounding impacts in their communities (in the US and South Africa respectively). From 3:30pm to 10pm, join Brian Eagen Lau and Carmen of Blobs & Brushes in a programme of free activities like freestyle art, queer film screenings, performances, dancing, and educational talks. Partake in the special Pride-themed African dinner for an extra fee.
When: 26 June 2022, 3:30pm – 10pm
Where: Africa Center Hong Kong, 12/F, 21 Hillwood Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tickets: Free admission, HK$127.19 for Pride African set dinner. Register on Eventbrite.
Eaton’s ‘Queer Kin, Love Walks In’ month-long celebration of Pride includes film screenings, panels with key figures of Hong Kong’s LGBTQ community, workshops, art exhibitions, Staygation, special edition cocktails, and prom party. Film screenings include Stanley Kwan’s Yang ± Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema, queer shorts from CityU students, and Paris is Burning. Workshops will explore life drawings of queer bodies, drag makeup and drag moves, and speed-rainbow friendship-dating. Pride Month will close gracefully with Queer Graduation Day co-organized with Gay Games Hong Kong and Quarks and Queer Straight Alliance, a day of workshops and panels surrounding the schooling experiences of queer individuals and inclusive teaching practices, ending with the Queer Prom Party with drag performances, live DJs, and the prom crowning contest.
When: 6 June to 3 July 2022
Where: Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan
Tickets: Various prices. Register for events on Facebook.
For the whole month of June, visit the Pride Rainbow installation and KIND Wall at Hyatt Centric. When you take pictures posing with the Pride Rainbow, which stretches from the 2/F glass corridor to Cruise on the 23/F, and post them on social media tagging @hyattcentrichongkong and hashtagging #priderainbow and #BEKINDhk, you can receive a complimentary Pride Pack from Cruise. Cruise will also be serving Pride cocktails from 3pm to 6pm daily, and you’ll have to check out the six-tier Pride Cake from Farmhouse Deli this month, as well.
When: 1 – 30 June 2022
Where: 2/F corridor and 23/F Cruise Restaurant & Bar, Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour, 1 North Point Estate Ln, North Point
Tickets: Free admission
Madame Mincemeat is doing two shows at The Upper House’s Green Goom lounge on June 24 (6:30pm-8:30pm and 9pm-11pm. For one ticket of HK$650, enjoy the show and free-flow Pride-themed cocktails, wine, and snacks. The Sky Lounge will be screening critically acclaimed film ‘Suk Suk’, following two closeted elderly men in Hong Kong on June 22. Finally, DJ Carol Tam will host the hotel’s Sunday Sessions DJ set on June 12 (4pm – 7pm), with free-flow cocktails, wines, and snacks at Salisterra. Five percent of proceeds from the drag show and Sunday Session will go to Hong Kong Marriage Equality.
When: 12 June 2022 (DJ Carol Tam), 22 June 2022 (‘Suk Suk’ screening), 24 June 2022 (Drag Evening)
Where: The Upper House, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
Tickets: From HK$550 (DJ Carol Tam), free admission (‘Suk Suk’ screening), HK$715 (Drag Evening). Buy tickets on Eventbrite.
Both Hyatt Regency locations (TST and Sha Tin) have a few colourful offerings to commemorate Pride Month this year. At both hotel lobbies, take selfies with the rainbow ‘Stay As You Are’ installations, an invitation to come as you are and expect to be welcomed with open arms. At Chin Chin Bar (TST) and Cafe (Sha Tin), sip limited edition coktails and pastries.
When: 1 – 30 June 2022
Where: Hyatt Regency Hong Kong (locations in Sha Tin and Tsim Sha Tsui)
Tickets: Free admission for ‘Stay As You Are’ installations
The Wild Lot’s Pride Ride or Pride will be a rainbow unicorn biker themed block party the whole day of Saturday, June 25th. The day starts with an intimate Human Library session with fashion stylish Joey Ma and photographer Kasper Forest (winner of Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize 2021). Pride exhibitions will run the course of the day by LGBTQ choir The Harmonics, street dancers Windy Tsoi and the Hurricane, and drag darlings Drag Jam. Food and games will also be on offer on Shin Hing Street. Entry tickets include a welcome drink, Little Bao set, Cookie DPT rainbow cookie, and rainbow bagel to keep you fueled up for a day of partying.
When: 25 June 2022, 12pm – 8pm
Where: The Wild Lot, 6-10 Shin Hing Street, Shop B, G/F, Sheung Wan
Tickets: HK$370.97. Buy tickets on Eventbrite.
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