Chinese officials are taking steps to censor parts of China's first Gay Pride, the BBC reported.

Shanghai Pride is mainland China's first large-scale Gay Pride celebration but it does not include a march or parade. Instead organizers are holding a series of cultural events to take place at privately-owned venues.

But that's not stopping the Chinese government from banning certain events. Officials have ordered certain owners to cancel events or face “severe consequences.”

At, the event's official website, a blog post simply titled Sorry alerts readers that the film screening of the lesbian-themed Lost in You has been canceled. The post does indicate that the event will be re-scheduled.

The BBC reports that a second event appears to be in trouble. Officials have targeted the staging of The Laramie Project for closure. The play reconstructs the gruesome 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, the University of Wyoming student beaten, shackled to a post and left to die in a field by two men he had met in a gay bar.

Organizers had hoped the low-key events would escape the eyes of Chinese officials.

“The advantage of that is it doesn't draw so much attention, or make it sound like we are trying to get people involved in gay rights or in any sort of protest,” co-organizer Hannah Miller, an openly lesbian American living in China since 2001, said.

“Basically we were told that if we framed it as a party for foreigners, as entertainment, then we would have more chance of success,” she added.

Other events to be held throughout the week – art exhibits, food events and panel discussions – appear to remain on track. The official Gay Pride party takes place Saturday, June 13.

While being gay or lesbian is not illegal in China, gay culture remains underground in this conservative society.