LGBT Community in Shanghai

Information for gay, bisexual and transgender men and women living in Shanghai, including details of social groups and local associations...

Homosexuality is not illegal in China but civil unions are not recognised. Social pressures for traditional marriage are also high.

LGBT Associations

Shanghai is one of China’s most gay-tolerant cities, however, there are few associations and groups for the LGBT community.

ShanghaiLGBT is an online community for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Shanghai.

Lesinshanghai is a group for English-speaking lesbian women in Shanghai. It organises monthly dinner and drinks events

Gay Events

A Pride festival takes place every summer with parties, competitions and film nights.

Shanghai also has many LGBT bars, mostly located in the French Concession.