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Quoting Anna Leach, "GayStarNews", 2 May 2012:
At the first night of Strawberry music festival in Shanghai on Sunday, headlining act Top Floor Circus made a bold declaration for gay rights, unfurling a giant rainbow flag on stage. When the band returned to the Love Stage for an encore, they performed a song by Leslie Cheung, the popular Hong Kong actor and singer and one of the first openly gay Chinese celebrities, who committed suicide nine years ago.
This heart-warming moment, the first time a big band in China has made such an absolute statement in support of same-sex love, was germinated before the gig when Top Floor Circus posted on the Weibo account that their set at Strawberry Festival would be 'dedicated to all kinds of love: gay, straight, bisexual'. Because of that, rainbow flags were decorated throughout the crowd and Nvai did well selling them for 10RMB ($1.59, 1.20) each.
The flag, shown on a photo and a video footage of the event, has Chinese ideograms overlapping the yellow and green, central stripes of the flag. The upper part of the ideograms is red/orange, their lower part is yellow/white.
Ivan Sache, 19 May 2012
Strictly speaking Leslie Cheung was bisexual, but was (and remains) Asia's
preeminent gay icon all the same.
The ideograms read "Comrades Love the Music Festival" (Here "Comrades" is a "positive" colloquial term for homosexuals).
Miles Li, 19 May 2012
Is the term in its original form a different one then the "comrades" used by
Marc Pasquin, 19 May 2012
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tongzhi for an explanation
Miles Li, 20 May 2012
Must cause a few giggles nowaday when someone talk about comrades and "members
of the CCP" in the same sentence.
Marc Pasquin, 20 May 2012