“It’s been a great 12-year-ride and we are honored and proud to have traveled this journey of raising awareness and promoting diversity for the LGBTQ community,” she wrote in a separate statement.
Founded in 2009, the Shanghai group is the nation’s longest-running Pride event and held its twelfth annual Pride festival in June, including forums, a Pride run, Rainbow Bike Ride and a series of film screenings.
Its website lists partners for this year as including the Consulate-Generals in Shanghai of Australia, British, Canada, Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands, while corporate sponsors include US computing giant Microsoft.
But in recent years the LGBTQ community has been facing extra pressure in China.
Online content in socially-conservative China is subject to heavy and often arbitrarily applied censorship, especially content depicting LGBT people.