the iCON was created because Long Yang Club-International has the world’s largest network of gay Asian/non-Asian groups, and it was felt there should be an event for members and organizers from LYC chapters to meet each other. This was later extended to welcome non-members of LYC but who are Asian or non-Asians with interest in Asian friends as well as members from other gay “East-West” groups.
The first of our events was iCON 1999 in London, England and it was hosted by LONG YANG CLUB-LONDON. Our philosophy was to give people “value for money”. Attendees were taken to a good selection of Asian and Western restaurants which included a Chinese dinner, an Indian buffet lunch, a Vietname brunch, and a pub meal with English fayre (and entertainment). The event also took the attendees on a city tour, plus to LYC’s own disco and cabaret, workshops, enjoyed the Lord Mayor’s Parade parade and fireworks display, workshops, and more. On top of that, they were each presented with FREE souvenir iCON’99 caps. They were surprised that we really provided so much for the single registration fees.
In 2000, we held iCON 2000 in Seattle, Washington, USA. It was hosted by LYC-Seattle.
This was the first time for many of us to visit one of America’s most cities. We had a great time, being taken on underground tours, up the world-famous Space Needle, had a cruise on the lovely Puget Sound, and then into the Union Bay where the house in which the movie “Sleepless in Seattle” was supposed to be located. We had dinner at a lovely Chinese restaurant overlooking the bay, basked in the reflection of the moonlight.
Our iCON program also went up the Space Needle and attended the Miss LYC International at “Fantasia”, LYC-Seattle’s disco night at the aerospace.
After a short break, we will be hosting iCON 2002 in Canada. This will be the first time such an event is held in not one city but two! We will show you the cities of Ottawa and Montreal, offer a selection of Asian meals, gala dinner and entertainment, workshops, and more. Go to our program pages for details
Fancy Springtime in Paris? In May 2003, we shall be hosting LYC in Gai Paree! It will be hosted by LYC-Paris. Included in the program will be a candle-light dinner cruise along the romantic River Seine, on a boat all for iCON 2003. You’ll also get to visit landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame, l’Arc de Triomphe, Montmartre, and more!