We had an incredible turnout at The Gay Games Fundraising night at Orange Peel on Sep 17. With generous support from Orange Peel and Grana, we had a non-stop, action-packed night filled with joy, love, and celebration of diversity from our poets, musicians, singers and authors. The night truly showcased the amazing talents we had in this community. The night started with Vivian Kwok with her harp medley with Over the Rainbow, Can you feel the love tonight, and Denise Ho’s “Lawrence and Lewis” .
We then have Racoon hut to share with us excepts from his book “The Flying bear” to celebrate the bear culture in Hong Kong, which was seldom mentioned in media before. The intensifying and intellectual performances from our poets Katie Ng, Ian Lam, Gina Benjamin, transqueer body-builder Siufung Law and the team from Peel Street Poetry moved the crowds to cheers and at times introspection. Their message on “Coming out loud and proud” were well echoed in the room and the humorous punt on Hong Kong’s gay scene made the room filled with laughter. Nigel Collett’s book reading on “Firelight of a Different Color” and English rendition of Leslie Cheung’s lyrics came at a timely moment for the remembrance month for Leslie’s 60th birthday. In our second sets of musical performances we have Kobe, and Tony Ling on jazz and classical piano and we can’t help to adore these attractive men for their elegant and moving performance. Things get really heated in the room when the singing started with “ Beautiful” by Miriam and suddenly the crowd was singing together with her like in a Christina Aguilera concert. It almost seems we were in a giant Karaoke room when the crowd sang “Over the rainbow” with Wayne Yeh on the Baritone and we have a whole new rendition of “A whole gay world” with Bobby Burns and Wayne performing as men duet. The Harmonics made an empowering performance by having 30 of them singing among the crowd with “Seasons of Love” and “Make them Hear you”. You can get a real sense of how this community is united to see how the audience interacted with the choir.
The night ended in great fun with an entertaining, crowd-pleasing Burlesque performance by the one and only Penny Poutine. This event is perhaps the only LGBT event in this season with so much cultural and musical talents all in one room with such an engaging crowd. We love you all - the gays, the allies, the philosophers, the campaigners, the authors, the quiet supporting. The Gay Games team is not aiming for fundraising for this event but really in promoting the Game’s mission in “Diversity, Participation and Inclusion” at all levels in Hong Kong. We believe everybody who came last night walked away with a renewed sense of pride and will spread our positive vibe around. Stay tuned for the next fundraising night from the Gay Games Team.
Our special thanks to #Grana and Orange Peel for supporting this event.
Photo Credits Eric Lee