今年拋錨的「香港同志遊行2010」
   
 
很抱歉,「香港同志遊行2010」要拋錨了。要知因由,便由2008年說起。  
   
「香港同志遊行2008」盛況空前,其實是在「滾水淥腳」的情況下完成的。06、07年間,「國際不再恐同日(香港區遊行)」的搞手已經萌生舉辦同志遊行的念頭,解決在悲傷沉重的「國際不再恐同日」加插歡樂環節的「精神分裂」。但是,連月籌備不再恐同日已令各人身心疲憊,就在稍作休養生息之後、恢復元氣之前,我們再一次聚頭,延續之前傾得火熱,舉辦第一屆「香港同志遊行」的「夢想」。在「十劃都未有一撇」之際,搞手快速地做了兩個決定:第一,「香港同志遊行」定名為Hong Kong Pride Parade;第二,「香港同志遊行2008」於三個多月後的12月舉行,時間極為倉卒。  
   
  「滾水淥腳」的2008
   
  不把同志遊行叫做Gay Pride,原因簡單直接:Gay,太不夠用了!姊妹弟兄千差萬別,有易服、扮裝、換性、變性,也有雙性、同性、酷兒和友好直人,更有性工作、色情愛好者、皮繩愉虐,以及濫交達人。多元豐富的性態與身份又怎能以Gay字通通概括呢?環顧世界各地,「同志遊行」都是顛倒尋常秩序、中斷主流價值的狂歡節,也是各式妖艷鬼怪、酷異精靈紛紛破繭而出的時刻。在平時熙來攘往的街道上高亢come-out,既是出櫃也是出軌。出櫃,就是要別人看見我們的自在自豪;出軌,就是在偽道德泛濫的社會氛圍下展現不同,向保守勢力來個當頭棒喝。然而,洋洋灑灑的理念面前還有一大堆有待認領的組織工作,而最令人頭痛的莫不是「錢」。
   
 
籌辦「香港同志遊行2008」的消息傳出後,曾經吸引一間投資銀行的眼球,積極考慮贊助。正當籌委會滿心歡喜,準備遞交意見書和財務安排時,金融海嘯迎面撲至,不但幾乎沖毀銀行,也一拼沖走了差一點便裝進口袋的贊助。猶幸的是海嘯雖猛,但沖不掉各人的熱情與渴望。籌委和義工連夜出動,到熱門同志場所掃場洗樓,多個同志組織也慷慨解囊,捐出部份已經所餘無幾的棺材本。集腋成裘,終於籌得7萬4千餘元,比預算開支的5萬元多。
  然而,預算開支可以這樣不可思議地便宜,其實都是勞動剝削的結果。老實說,身邊親朋戚友的人情牌都幾乎被我們用光,以低廉甚至分毫不收提供音響、網站製作、專業設計,更有朋友捱義氣肩負全天候運作但只收半職人工的秘書處。也許她/他們都是自願擔當義工,但勞動有價,她/他們也要食飯交租,宣揚解放和歡樂的同志遊行又豈可建築在剝削之上呢?
   
  「一貧如洗」的2009
   
 
於是,到了翌年的同志遊行,籌委會盡量少拍「膊頭」,既四出聯絡商戶,又再與義工們緊抱著「籌得一蚊得一蚊」的精神,踏上連夜征途,掃場洗樓,再掃場再洗樓,挨家逐戶地敲門。加上,第二屆同志遊行與香港電台廣播節目「自己人」首度合作,預計參與人數大增,以往只夠充撐數百人場面的音響系統已經不敷負荷。貨比三家,但要在起點終點架起舞台和足夠一千人聽得清清楚楚的音響系統,至少都需要5萬5千元才夠錢「埋單」。所以,第二屆同志遊行的預算開支比前一屆多了一倍-11萬8千3百元。
可惜,這次籌款反應遠遜前屆,即使扭盡六壬,截至2010年8月25日,籌委會只籌得7萬多元,虧本便要由上屆的盈餘及國際不再恐同日早前借調的資金抵銷。「香港同志遊行2009」在星光熠熠的晚上曲中人散,變裝少男、埃及妖后、性感Lolita、肌肉男兒等也懷著歡樂心情徐徐散去,但,籌委會的銀行戶口亦宣告一貧如洗。  
   
  屬於您我的香港同志遊行
   
  我們知道您不忍心「香港同志遊行」就此停辦,因為在大街上,舞台前,您跟我們一樣相擁過、流過汗、拋過眉、搔首弄姿、一起高歌到聲嘶力竭,而您的汗水、笑聲、心跳和隨歌起舞的身影,便構成同志遊行一幅幅動人絢爛的畫面。「香港同志遊行」屬於您和我,屬於自己人這個社群、屬於每一個追求平等、多元、熱愛自由的有情眾生。雖然由「零」開始,但我知道您我對同志遊行的熱情未減。2011年「香港同志遊行」有待您的參與和支持,沿途再見。
   
  香港同志遊行籌委會:香港女同盟、香港彩虹、Gay Harmony、女同學社
   
  2010年9月
   
 
捐款: 銀行戶口: 恆生銀行 Hang Seng Bank 228-273744-883
(戶口名稱:Hong Kong Pride Parade Co.)
Facebook: www.facebook.com/hongkongpride
聯絡: info@hkpride.net

 

 
The Year without Pride Parade
   
  We are sorry! We are sorry that Hong Kong Pride 2010 has been suspended. To understand why, we will have to bring the story back to 2008. 
   
  Behind the glamour and beauty, what we had in Hong Kong Pride 2008 was scenes of feverish haste. The idea of having a Pride sprung from IDAHO in 06 and 07, when we were thinking to come up with something that was more fun and which would bring the community together. Months of preparation organizing IDAHO had left the organizers drained, but that didn't extinguish the enthusiasm for us to organize the first Hong Kong Pride Parade. Two key decisions were made before anything got off the ground: 1. the name of the event, and 2. that it will be held in just a little over three months. Hong Kong Pride Parade was born. 
   
  2008: in a mad rush
   
  The reason why we didn't choose to title it Gay Pride was that we felt that it lacked the diversity we have in our community! On one side, we have drag queens/kings, cross-dressers, the transgendered and transsexuals, bisexuals, gays and lesbians, queers and GLBT-allies; on the other, we have sex workers, porn-lovers, BDSMers, and even the simply assertively promiscuous. The word “gay” itself simply isn’t broad enough to include everything in a world that is both diverse and different. Pride Parades across the world are festivals where the definitions and values of the mainstream order are pushed to the edge. It’s also true that a lot of us like having a complete makeover and getting dressed in over-the-top outfits. Celebrating love and diversity out on the street is not an easy thing. Coming out showed Hong Kong that we love just who we really are in a queerly fabulous way, not how some fundamentalists make us out to be. Proud and assertive as we are, there is tons of work to be done and money, frankly, is a big headache for Pride organizers.
   
  As soon as the news about Pride 2008 hit, we were approached by an investment bank with a potential offer of sponsorship. Just as we were all thrilled and excited to prepare for the meetings and the preparation of the proposal submission, Hong Kong was hard hit by the financial meltdown, devastating the banking industry, and the chance of the generous offer was washed away. However, the meltdown didn’t wash away the passion and enthusiasm from the community. The organizing committee and volunteers visited GLBT establishments, door to door, seeking support, and collected over $74,000 (part of it came from the organizers’ own pockets), well over the estimated $50,000 we had hoped for.
   
  A simple thank you cannot express our gratitude to our friends who charged us next-to-nothing providing audio equipment, creating and maintaining our website, offering professional designs for our promotions, and the part-time underpaid secretary who worked over time 24-7; our amazing volunteers who worked tirelessly running logistics, supporting the event, and having every penny meticulously budgeted, despite the fact that the money still fell short of making it an event with even the most basic setup. If it wasn’t for their commitments, we would not have achieved what we did. However, if liberation is Pride’s spirit, how could we run the event by exploiting all we love and work with?
   
  2009: Back to zero
   
  Keeping up with the spirit from 2008, we embarked on the journey again, going from door to door seeking support and tried to survive without exploiting others. This time, we worked with Hong Kong's only GLBT public radio program - We Are Family - as our media partner. In order to cater to the increasing number of Pride participants, we also needed to invest more money into getting an audio system which allowed at least 1,000 participants to see and hear us clearly. And that cost us an extra $55,000. As a result, the expenditure surged to $118,300, double the amount of what we had budgeted.
   
  Unfortunately, our fundraising campaign did not go as well as we had estimated. By August 25, 2009, the organizing committee had only managed to raise about $70,000. The deficit had to be offset from the surplus from previous IDAHOs and Pride. Pride 2009 was a huge success, despite having emptied our pockets.
   
  The Pride for us
   
  We know that you can’t bear us not having the Hong Kong Pride Parade this year. We hugged, sweated, laughed, sang on the street and on the stage. Your sweat, laughter, heartbeat and shadows make Pride a lovely, shining picture. Hong Kong Pride Parade belongs to you and me, it belongs to us, it belongs to equality, diversity, and to all those who love life and enjoy freedom. Even though we are back to zero, I know your passion is still there. We look forward to seeing you at Pride 2011.
   
  Hong Kong Pride Parade Organizing Committee: Women Coalition of HKSAR, Hong Kong Rainbow, Gay Harmony and Nu Tong Xue She
   
 

August 2010

Translated by Billy Leung