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October 29, 2013

Hundreds of Vietnamese LGBTs and their supporters have gathered in a Hanoi park to watch the symbolic marriages of two gay and lesbian couples and to show their government their support on the issue

Hundreds of LGBT Vietnamese and their supporters have gathered in a Hanoi park for the ‘Toi Dong Y’ festival to call for marriage equality while the government decides what to do on the issue.

The large crowd gathered Sunday morning with rainbow flags and balloons to watch a gay couple and a lesbian couple marry symbolically and cheered then they threw their wedding bouquets.

The event also received a lot of support online, with nearly 60,000 liking it on Facebook.

September 1, 2013

Communist state mulls allowing same-sex marriages but still keeps trans women out of beauty contests on the basis of a technicality

Vietnam’s Ministry of Health has been urging the government to allow same-sex marriages and the call was recently reiterated by the Ministry of Justice.

However, while the LGBTQ community in the country may look forward to marrying same-sex partners legally in the future, transgender women are still not allowed to take part in beauty pageants, thanks to an old decree.

The contradiction has come to light once more with the popular Vietnam’s Next Top Model 2013 contest weeding out transgender participants.

August 12, 2013

Organizers have declared Hanoi’s 2013 Viet Pride festival a success, with turnout exceeding their expectations

Organizers of the second annual Viet Pride LGBT pride festival say this year’s Viet Pride bicycle rally was twice as big as last year’s event.

Around 250 people gathered at Hanoi’s Giang Vo Lake to ride to Dien Bien Phu Street, passing the Ho Chi Min Mausoleum and Vietnam’s House of Parliament to terminate in Lenin Park.

Riders wore white t-shits with the slogan ‘Love = Human Right’ over a rainbow graphic and were lead by a team sporting rainbow flags.

August 3, 2013

Though the three-day event will be followed by legislative debate on gay marriage in October, public perceptions still remain biased

As Vietnam marks its progress in the gay rights movement with the second edition of the annual Viet Pride that kicked off in capital city Hanoi, there are mixed feelings about the campaign.

The three-day event started at the Goethe Institut Friday evening with the unveiling of the scholarships based on the theme of the pride, Strive with Pride. The stipends are meant to support the community members forced to drop out of schools and colleges due to discrimination.

July 10, 2013

Hanoi will host the second ever Viet Pride Festival for the second year in a row this August under the theme ‘Strive with Pride’

Vietnam will host its second LGBT pride festival in two years from 2-4 August.

The organizers of the 2013 Viet Pride Festival in Hanoi are hopeful of building on the success of last year’s event.

[In 2012] for the first time ever, Vietnam saw the rainbow flag waving at its capital’s streets, bringing tears to the eyes of many Vietnamese LGBTs,’ organizers said in a statement.

April 16, 2013

Deputy health minister to say gay people have the same rights to love, be loved and marry during a speech today

Vietnam's deputy health minister is expected to recommend that gay marriage be legalized during a speech reviewing marriage and family law today.

Nguyen Viet Tien will deliver the speech in Hanoi today, Thanh Nien News reports. He will say that gay people have the same rights as everyone else to love, be loved and marry.

April 3, 2013

Civil Rights Defenders approves funding application for second Viet Pride in August, with bicycle rally and equality in employment campaign

A Swedish international human rights organization has approved a grant for a Pride celebration in Vietnam this year.

Civil Rights Defenders has given Viet Pride $6,000 (US dollar, €4,700) that will be spent on a campaign against discrimination towards LGBT people in employment and the second Viet Pride bicycle rally.

January 11, 2013

Exhibition is latest success in equal rights group iSEE's work supporting LGBT people in Vietnam

A photography exhibition celebrating same-sex love has attracted thousands of visitors in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The exhibition entitled Open - Equal - Love features work by Vietnamese photographer Maika Elan (see some of her photographs on a New York Times blog) and was organized by Vietnamese LGBT rights campaigners Institute of Society, Economy and Environment (iSEE).

January 11, 2013

Exhibition is latest success in equal rights group iSEE's work supporting LGBT people in Vietnam

A photography exhibition celebrating same-sex love has attracted thousands of visitors in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The exhibition entitled Open - Equal - Love features work by Vietnamese photographer Maika Elan (see some of her photographs on a New York Times blog) and was organized by Vietnamese LGBT rights campaigners Institute of Society, Economy and Environment (iSEE).

October 23, 2012

Gatherings in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Da Nang to spread an anti-homophobic bullying message in Vietnam

The budding gay rights movement in Vietnam celebrated Spirt Day on Friday with activists wearing purple to protest homophobic bullying of young people.

Dozens gathered in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Da Nang and the organizers, LGBT rights group ICS (Information, Connecting and Sharing), also spread the anti-bullying message through Facebook.

Research by Vietnam’s Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment (iSEE) in 2008 showed that 15% of LGBT people interviewed were beaten, locked-up or taken to a psychiatric hospital by their family.

September 26, 2012

Rainbow flags, Lady Gaga and dance routines in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Da Nang City celebrate the fight for LGBT rights in Vietnam

Vietnam celebrated LGBT rights with dancing and music at three flashmobs in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Da Nang on Sunday.

Rainbow flags, dance routines and a helium balloon release created a colorful spectacle with over one thousand people gathering in total in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Da Nang to present the message ‘Yeu la Yeu’ (Love is Love).

September 18, 2012

Despite heavy rains, hundreds of people, flocked to Ho Chi Minh City’s Opera House for a gay themed drama in an unprecedented show of support for the LGBT community

The play, titled 'Duoc La Chinh Minh' (To Be Myself) attracted hundreds of people in an unprecedented show of support for the LGBT community in the Vietnam’s second biggest city, Ho Chi Minh city.

Directed by Bui Nhu Lai, the play presented a mosaic of the rich and colorful lives of Vietnam’s LGBT community which previously was shunned and avoided as a taboo subject.

September 11, 2012

Huong Giang, finalist of the singing contest Vietnam Idol comes out publicly, live on TV, as a transgender woman

Huong Giang made history in Vietnam when she came out live during Vietnam Idol as a transgender woman.

On Thursday (6 September) the TV talent show jury delivered their verdict to the 25-year-old finalist from Hanoi, praising her effort and determination.

Judge and film director Nguyen Quang Dung asked if Giang had previously auditioned for Vietnam Idol. After a few hesitant seconds the contestant admitted that she previously auditioned under a male name, Nguyen Ngoc Hieu.

August 5, 2012

Vietnam’s first pride march has seen around a hundred people on bikes and motorbikes ride in convoy through the capital and was left alone by authorities despite not having permission to go ahead

Around a hundred people have taken part in Vietnam’s first pride march on Sunday morning, taking the form of a convoy of brightly decorated bicycles and motorbikes in the capital city of Hanoi.

The convoy set off from the city’s National Stadium and finished 6 miles later at a downtown park.

The parade route was changed at the last minute to avoid it clashing with anti-China demonstrations in the city that were protesting over disputed territories claimed by both countries in the South China Sea.

August 5, 2012

Vietnam’s first pride march has seen around a hundred people on bikes and motorbikes ride in convoy through the capital and was left alone by authorities despite not having permission to go ahead

Around a hundred people have taken part in Vietnam’s first pride march on Sunday morning, taking the form of a convoy of brightly decorated bicycles and motorbikes in the capital city of Hanoi.

The convoy set off from the city’s National Stadium and finished 6 miles later at a downtown park.

The parade route was changed at the last minute to avoid it clashing with anti-China demonstrations in the city that were protesting over disputed territories claimed by both countries in the South China Sea.

July 31, 2012

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.

June 20, 2012

The government of the single-party state considers legalizing same-sex marriage for the first time

Vietnam’s ministry of justice is consulting on amending the law to allow same-sex couples to marry.

The ministry of justice sent out a letter to organizations such as the supreme court, the government’s family department and Hanoi Law University asking for opinions about legalizing same-sex marriage.

The government of the single-party state discussed the issue at meetings in Hanoi in April and Ho Chi Minh City in May and are planning to discuss it further at the National Assembly congress in spring 2013.

March 15, 2012

Government contribute $100,000 to an LGBT rights awareness project

The Australian government is funding a project to raise awareness about LGBT rights in Vietnam.

January 12, 2012

Vietnamese cinemagoers flock to see gay love movie despite widespread homophobia.

A Vietnamese movie featuring racy gay love scenes hopes to dispel prejudice in the country, but it has received mixed reactions from the country's conservative audiences.

Cinemagoers are flocking to see the eye-opening Lost In Paradise, which tells the story of a doomed love affair between a gay prostitute and a book seller, despite homosexuality often seen either as a disease or ridiculed.