Vietnam to celebrate 3rd annual Viet Pride festival and ride in August

Hanoi will host its signature LGBTI pride bicycle ride 3 August for the third year in a row and organizers are hoping to see double the number of participants this year

Vietnam to celebrate 3rd annual Viet Pride festival and ride in August
16 July 2014

While the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Vietnam may have stalled for the moment, organizers of the third annual Viet Pride festival remain enthusiastic about the event.

This year’s theme for the festival is ‘Together’ and it will take place over five days from 1-5 August with its signature Viet Pride LGBTI bicycle rally on Sunday 3 August through the streets of Hanoi.

Viet Pride aims to sustain the momentum for LGBTI rights in Vietnam as well as creating a meeting point for the various LGBTI groups around the country and a place to foster dialogue between the LGBTI community and strategic partners such as civil society groups and United Nations agencies.

This year’s Viet Pride festival promises a wide range of activities in a cosy, vibrant and colorful atmosphere.

Organizers are expecting a convoy of rainbow bikes with huge rainbow flags along the rally route in the center of the capital in the hope that visibility can change social attitude in Vietnam where homosexuality remains a taboo.

‘For a collectivistic and patriarchal society like Vietnam, homophobia persists, often times in very subtle forms, but deep-rooted and internalized,’ Viet Pride director Nguyen Thanh Tam said.

‘In such context, Pride is important because it upholds the value of tolerance, diversity, and equality. It also reminds us that we have a fight to fight, until the day that the concept of together is no longer entitled to only heterosexual people, and every community, despite the differences, should be treated with dignity and respect.’

Last year around 250 people took part in the ride and organizers are hoping to better that number this year, with nearly 400 people already indicating they intend to take part on Facebook.

Viet Pride in 2014 is being supported by the embassies of the Netherlands and the United States and a range of other partners including Civil Rights Defenders, the Goethe Institute, UNDP, USAID, The Closet, 6+, PFLAG, ICS, The Hanoi Social Club and Puku Café as well as the Amazin LêThi Foundation and the Harvey Milk Foundation.

To learn more about LGBTI Pride in Vietnam, visit www.vietpride.info or www.facebook.com/vietpride.info
 

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Uganda MPs will not be banned from entering UK over anti-gay law

Government has decided to allow publishers of gay 'naming and shaming' newspapers to travel freely into the country
No thumbnail available

Australian Marriage Equality backs Kevin Rudd for PM

Biggest gay marriage lobby in Australia says marriage equality more likely to come to Australia if Kevin Rudd leads Labor party into general election
No thumbnail available

Magic Johnson's gay son says he is ready for the spotlight

EJ Johnson: 'I'm reveling in it and I'm making it work to my advantage'
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

UK government denies gay marriage will be approved 'within weeks'

Department for Culture, Media and Sport say it is 'premature' to confirm timetable for discussing equal marriage bill in parliament
No thumbnail available

Gay couples in love prove they’re ‘just like you’ in new campaign

Australian Marriage Equality campaign invites other happy lesbian and gay couples to share their photos too
No thumbnail available

Watch: Young gay men speak about their concerns, hopes and ambitions

Two filmmakers have drawn together a group of gay men in the UK to talk about their lives and help create an online archive
No thumbnail available

Peter Murray: ‘Life becomes easier when you don't have to hide who you are’

The Head of Government Affairs for the professional business services firm, ARUP, on why he decided to set up a company LGBT network
No thumbnail available

Radio host claims LGBT news sites turn kids gay

Linda Harvey, from anti-gay Mission America, says websites like Gay Star News lead children into questioning their sexuality
No thumbnail available

Obama's transgender former nanny found outcast on the streets of Jakarta

Evie says she is too frightened to live as a woman in Indonesia anymore