Dear LGBTQ+ People,
LGBT-friendly events are aplenty across Asia, but information on these is usually not readily available even online, meaning that a good lot of us wouldn’t even know of their existence.
With this in mind, we’ve looked around to find you a list of 10 LGBT-related events in Asia happening in February 2019. Whether you’ll remain in Singapore or are planning to travel to any of the other countries featured on this list, there is something for everyone to look forward to.
LGBT Events In Singapore
1. Aquaholic Pool Party SG
The monthly Aquaholic Pool Party SG is set to take place on the 10th in February, bringing with it the usual chill experiences on both the beach and pool deck of FOC Sentosa.
Enjoy great music spun by talented DJs while you’re here, including DJ Akito, DJ Shigeki, and House of Labs. Live music performances will also be staged, although the lineup is TBC. You can keep yourself up-to-date on this list on their Facebook page here.
Date(s): 10 Feb 2019
Venue: FOC Sentosa
2. RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq the World
Fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race, rejoice: RuPaul’s Drag Race World Tour: Werq the World will be making its Singapore stop in February, and it’ll be hosted by celebrity judge Michelle Visage!
Expect to see performances staged by beloved Season 10 finalists, including Asia O’Hara, Eureka O’Hara, and Kameron Michaels. Fan favourites will also take to the stage, and these will include Detox, Kim Chi, Sharon Needles, and Violet Chachki.
Date(s): 2 Feb 2019
Venue: Kallang Theatre AAC
Prices: $128 (Cat 2) | $108 (Cat 3)
3. Chinese New Year-themed parties
February is the month of Chinese New Year, and you can expect to find themed parties scattered around town for the festivities. Here are our top three picks to look forward to:
a) The House Of 3 Little Pigs by Mismatch
When you’re done relishing the shenanigans of RuPaul’s Drag Race World Tour: Werq the World, make your way down to its official after-party, The House of 3 Little Pigs for the Birthgay Party of Mismatch’s founder, Bobby.
With a theme appropriately inspired by the upcoming Year of the Pig, this party will encompass the hottest tunes with DJ sets performed by DJ Shigeki, Gay Chav DJ, Kidg, and Bobby himself.
Drag performances will also be staged onsite, with Becca D’Bus, Mona Kee Kee, Farrah Shamrock, and Duo L taking the reins of the stage to wow you with their vibrant presences.
The standard door entry fee is $10, but if you’re a drag queen or a Werq the World ticket holder, you’ll gain admittance to the party FOC. To indicate your attendance, sign the event’s guestlist here, here, and here.
Date(s): 2 Feb 2019
Time: 10:30PM till 3AM
Venue: Hard Rock Cafe (Cuscaden)
Prices: $10 (door entry)
b) Hyperise Imperial at 1-Altitude
Yanxi Palace just got gayfied with Hyperise Imperial at 1-Altitude, a bizarre party that comes with an elaborate Imperial Palace roleplaying theme to celebrate CNY. This party is split into 2 “party palaces”, and are as follows:
- Hall of Hyper Harmony: Altimate Indoor Club, featuring guest DJ Taki (HK) and Hyper resident DJ Lorri
- Hall of Supreme Harmony: 1-Altitude Rooftop, featuring DJs Thomas Ou and Jack
Come dressed in your palace finest and deck yourself out in imperial red and gold. Look forward to performances staged by four Hunky Imperial Guards, three Divalicious Consorts, and also a Palace Mascot.
Also make your way to the Hall of Supreme Harmony at 12AM, for there will be an Empress Coronation Ceremony conducted – with swathes of homosexual guys attending the party, who could the favoured concubine be?
Date(s): 5 Feb 2019
Time: 10PM till 4AM
Venue: Altimate Indoor Club and 1-Altitude rooftop
Prices: From $25 (Full price listing here)
c) Two Queens x Hypermkt Grrls (CNY Special)
Get yourself hyped up for a CNY party hosted by Two Queens Asia, who’ll set the dance floor ablaze with sick beats spun by their regular DJs. Joining them are MC Nara and Drag Queen Yeastmonster, set to fill both you and your girls’ night with entertainment and laughter.
8 is the name of the CNY game, and if you’re part of the first 88 to enter the party, you’ll get a free vodka shot!
Date(s): 5 Feb 2019
Time: 11PM till 4AM
Venue: Monti at 1-Pavilion
Prices: From $12
4. 2019 Chinese New Year Live Showcase – A-Mei, Anna, & Eve Ai
Well-known for the her involvement in LGBT activism, Taiwanese Mandopop Queen A-Mei will be taking to the stage for CNY as part of Resort World Sentosa’s 2019 Chinese New Year Live Showcase, and she’ll be accompanied by guest stars Anna and Eve Ai.
Expect to see A-Mei performing her signature pieces, alongside tracks from her latest album Story Thief, which was released in 2017.
Date(s): 15-16 Feb 2019
Venue: Resorts World Convention Centre™, Resorts World Ballroom
Prices: From $78
5. Face of the Day SG
Fashion designer Yang Derong has put together a truly unique art exhibition called Face of the Day. Originally starting out as an art project in which he posted one photo of himself dressed in a plethora of outfits and personas, Face of the Day has now been upgraded into an entire exhibition that comes complete with augmented reality.
Though this event is not strictly LGBT-themed, the outfits donned by Yang Derong present a fluidity in gender representation, with him sportingly taking on the personas that are traditionally female – a subtle nod towards our transgender friends.
Date(s): Now till 17 Feb 2019
Venue: National Museum of Singapore
6. Premiere of Same Love, a same-sex documentary series
Keep your eyes peeled for the onset of February, for we’ve been working on a real treat for you guys: Same Love. In this three-part documentary series, we found and interviewed three LGBT couples who have, against the odds stacked against them, maintained strong loving relationships.
Like us on Facebook to keep yourself updated on the release schedule of Same Love!
Date(s): 12 Feb 2019 onwards
LGBT Events In Bangkok, Thailand
7. Sunday Gay Night at Maggie Choo’s Special Theme Chinese in Love
With CNY and Valentines Day happening so closely to each other, it’s no surprise that we have events like Sunday Gay Night at Maggie Choo’s Special Theme Chinese in Love. Taking place in Bangkok’s G-Spot Entertainment, expect a night of quality entertainment from Pangina Heals and her amazing crew, best known for being a co-host of Drag Race Thailand.
The first 50 paying customers of the night will receive a special hongbao from “hot models” onsite – we don’t know what goodies these contain, so you’ll have to find out yourself! 😉
Date(s): 10 Feb 2019
Venue: G-Spot Entertainment
Prices: THB500 (~SGD21.20) entrance fee that comes with 2 free drinks
LGBT Events In Yangon, Myanmar
8. &Proud Yangon LGBT Film Festival 5th Edition
You might not have expected Myanmar to make this list, but make it it does with &Proud Yangon LGBT Film Festival. In its fifth iteration this year, this festival aims to celebrate the breadth and diversity of Asian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer lives through the medium of film.
All films screened will be Asian productions, with special attention given to locally produced works to let homegrown Myanmar activists and filmmakers shine.
Date(s): 1-3 Feb 2019
Venue: Institut Français de Birmanie, Myanmar
LGBT Events In Taipei, Taiwan
8. theWOW x GCircuit SONGKRAN 2019 Warm Up Party
The much-awaited Songkran Festival is still miles off, but there’s no real need to worry with theWOW and GCircuit coming together to bring you SONGKRAN 2019 Warm Up Party for CNY in Taiwan.
“Hot Dancers” will grace the stage for this event, numbering five in total. All tickets come with a complimentary drink voucher, and if you come dressed in red, you can pick up another on the house!
Date(s): 6 Feb 2019
Venue: Show House Kaohsiung
Prices: From TWD600 (~SGD26.31) – full list here
LGBT Events In Hong Kong
10. UnitedG x VITA Tokyo: Tokyo Pride Beats 2019 Rev-Up Party
In collaboration with Japan’s VITATokyo, UnitedG is bringing the best of Hong Kong and Tokyo together in one massive celebration. Taking place in Hong Kong, this event is all set to be the first of its kind between the two cities.
All tickets purchased will come with a complimentary drink. Table reservations are also available on demand, but you’ll have to order a minimum of 1 or 2 spirit bottles beforehand.
Date(s): 23 Feb 2019
Venue: Central Area, Hong Kong
Prices: From HKD160 (~SGD27.59)
LGBT-related events in Asia for February 2019
LGBT-centric events may seem hard to come by in conservative Asia. But this list proves otherwise, spanning at least four other countries apart from Singapore. All that’s left now is for you to pick your poison and enjoy yourself in the month ahead!
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