Vietnam to hold first gay pride in Hanoi
Viet Pride hopes to fight homophobia in the south-east Asian country with film screenings, music and a bicycle parade through capital
Vietnam will hold its first ever gay pride event in the capital Hanoi next week, as the country discusses legalizing same-sex marriage.
Viet Pride will run from 3 to 5 August and feature film screenings, presentations and live music, culminating with a cycle parade through the city center on the Sunday.
Although not illegal, being gay in Vietnam is still taboo and openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are widely discriminated against.
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