I’ve heard and read so many conversations about this week’s anniversary (all in English, mostly by idiots) that I’m not sure adding my 2 cents – especially while living in China – is worth anyone’s useful time. So, for a moment, I’d like to talk about gay penguins.
Yes, gay penguins – hear me out. If you didn’t read the news this week here’s a quick overview: Back in 2005 male penguins were spotted trying to mate with each other and attempted to hatch offspring from stones. Back then it caused a bit of a sensation as nobody really knew penguins could be gay. The limp flippers and that one older one in leather chaps and a biker cap should have tipped off scientists earlier.
Anyhow, a German zoo decided to give one male couple, “Z” and “Vielpunkt”, a rejected egg. According to the zoo “since the chick arrived, they have been behaving just as you would expect a heterosexual couple to do. The two happy fathers spend their days attentively protecting, caring for and feeding their adopted offspring.”
And there you have it – those poofter penguins can raise perfectly healthy babies.
So, I’m not going to talk about China. I’m not going to talk about being straight, gay, bi, lesbian, or transgender people. Why? Because it takes just one couple of happily gay penguins to show how ridiculous people are worldwide. And when I say worldwide, I mean my own country – Australia – because I don’t like to tell other people from other countries how to live.
Which brings me to the point of why I’m posting this here – Shanghai is hosting its first gay pride festival starting this Sunday. Promising to be a mix of events and partying the organisers say they “want this to be an entertaining and fun way to get to know people in our community and celebrate the diversity and talent of the people who make up the ShanghaiLGBT scene.”
Events will include documentary screenings, an open mic night, panel discussions, queer olympiad, and of course – celebrations.
As the first of its kind (that I’m aware of) it’ll be interesting to see how this goes. I mean, history shows the gays know how to put on a great party, but what about the impact outside the foreigner community? The feeling in some circles in Sydney and San Francisco is disappointment on the overly party nature of their respective pride events – that the original message gets lost amongst the good times.
So I wish the community and organisers much luck this next week. For more info on getting your gay on in Shanghai visit Shanghaipride.com.