Hong Kong’s Pink Season Gives Pride Whole New Meaning

In America, Pride season is wrapping up (Memphis will hold its festival on October 6) but Hong Kong’s Pink Season is just getting started.

But it’s not a wild and debauched weekend—it’s a three-month period full of parties, film festivals, parades and, yes, yachting.

“This year, the focus is on encouraging the engagement of the community, bridging the gap between expat and local LGBT communities and also showing the government and businesses that ‘pink power’ in Hong Kong is strong and important,” says Pink Season coordinator Tay Her Lim.

The festivities kick off Saturday, September 29, with the Ultimate Pride Party in the trendy and gay-friendly Sheung Wan district. And next Friday it’s Floatilla 2012, where junks with names like Fruits in Suits congregate in the harbor.

On October 13 and 14, the transgender community comes into focus with performances of Dream of The Mermaid, a play about a post-op trans woman fighting to marry the man she loves. Events in November and December include the Hong Kong LGBT Film Festival and a massive blowout at the lesbian club Les Peches.

Who needs the last Sunday in June when you’ve got 90 days of LGBT Pride?