Vietnam trans video goes viral

LGBT rights group ICS show the people behind the stigmatizing term 'pêdê' in Vietnam

Vietnam trans video goes viral
04 December 2012

A short film about trans women in Vietnam made by LGBT rights organization ICS has been watched over 200,000 times on YouTube.

The film follows Yuki and her friends, showing the people behind the label ‘pêdê’ – the title of the film – a abusive term for trans women in Vietnam.

‘We decided to name it "Pêdê" – the word that society still uses to stigmatize transgender people – as a way to have a closer look at a familiar yet taboo topic,’ says ICS in the description of the video.

The video has gathered nearly 2,000 ‘likes’ and just 34 ‘dislikes’. The over 600 comments on the video are overwhelmingly postive with one viewer, Ngoc Phan, saying ‘what a touching movie! Be yourself and I believe you can do it. Wish you all the best’, Tuoitre News reports.

Last week ICS hosted a celebration of diversity in Ho Chi Minh City, when 800 gathered to dance, sing and promote acceptance of LGBT people.

Watch Pêdê (in Vietnamese) here:  

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