Following the horrific massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida on Sunday, China's queer community has come out in force to mourn the victims and challenge perceived whitewashing by some sections of the media of the fact that this was an act of terror specifically targeting LGBTI people and their allies.
On Tuesday night at 8pm, dozens of queer Beijingers and their friends descended on Adam's, the only gay bar in the capital that dares to fly the rainbow flag, where a dignified candlelit vigil was held in tribute to those killed in Orlando. Readings and musical tributes were performed and, while there were more than a few tears, the feeling among participants, dressed in colourful outfits, reflected the general mood of tributes in gay venues around the world – that love will overcome.
Another tribute in solidarity with Orlando, including poetry and other performances, will be held at Les Booze, Beijing's premier lala night. See below for full details. All are welcome to attend.