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December 15, 2014

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Hundreds of people on Saturday (13 December) celebrated sexual and gender diversity in Ho Chi Minh City.

About 1,000 LGBTI individuals and their allies gathered at the Labor Culture Palace in Saigon district for the Embrace Diversity Festival.

The annual event is organized by the ICS Center with the support of the Canadian embassy and also honors individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the community in the last year.

November 19, 2014

US embassy in Hanoi hosts an annual LGBTI music festival 

Ted Osius on Monday (17 November) was confirmed as the US ambassador to Vietnam, making him the seventh LGBTI ambassador to be appointed during the Obama administration.

President Obama nominated the former career diplomat in May.

Osius served in Asia for most of his 25 years in the foreign service - in Indonesia, India, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam - and was most recently a professor at the National War College.

November 19, 2014

US embassy in Hanoi hosts an annual LGBTI music festival 

Ted Osius on Monday (17 November) was confirmed as the US ambassador to Vietnam, making him the seventh LGBTI ambassador to be appointed during the Obama administration.

President Obama nominated the former career diplomat in May.

Osius served in Asia for most of his 25 years in the foreign service - in Indonesia, India, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam - and was most recently a professor at the National War College.

August 1, 2014

Hospitals in the country look likely to perform surrogacy services from 2015 – but under strict rules and regulations that prohibit gay couples from applying

Vietnam’s Ministry of Health has announced plans for a small number of Vietnamese hospitals to perform surrogacy services – but for married heterosexual couples only. The policy echoes a recent clampdown by the Indian Government on its country’s surrogacy services – outlawing surrogacy for same-sex couples from India or abroad.

May 27, 2014

A 20-year-old man and his 23-year-old girlfriend have been arrested in Ho Chi Minh City over their roles in allegedly dismembered his 30-year-old abusive gay lover

A 30-year-old gay man has been murdered and dismembered in Ho Chi Minh City but his killer and acomplice claim he was killed so his ex-lover could escape an abusive relationship.

Vietnamese police say Tran Nhat Duy, 20, admitted to killing and dismembering 30-year-old Van Anh Tuan but he claims Tuan had threatened to kill him if he ended their relationship.

Duy began a relationship with Tuan when he was in year 11 in high school in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang.

May 27, 2014

A 20-year-old man and his 23-year-old girlfriend have been arrested in Ho Chi Minh City over their roles in allegedly dismembered his 30-year-old abusive gay lover

A 30-year-old gay man has been murdered and dismembered in Ho Chi Minh City but his killer and acomplice claim he was killed so his ex-lover could escape an abusive relationship.

Vietnamese police say Tran Nhat Duy, 20, admitted to killing and dismembering 30-year-old Van Anh Tuan but he claims Tuan had threatened to kill him if he ended their relationship.

Duy began a relationship with Tuan when he was in year 11 in high school in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang.

May 21, 2013

Gay Vietnamese-Canadian fashion design lecturer who lives in Ho Chi Minh City argues Vietnam is not ready for gay marriage

In response to Vietnam marching ahead of other Asian nations towards legalizing same-sex marriage, a gay Vietnamese-Canadian fashion design lecturer who lives in Ho Chi Minh City said that the country is not ready for marriage equality.

Legalizing gay marriage would not make Vietnam '"cool" when it has failed to acknowledge other gay rights issues', Valentine Vu writes in an editorial for Tuoitre News.

April 19, 2013

Huong Giang wears dress made of 2,000 condoms as part of publicity campaign funded by USAID

Transgender Vietnam Idol finalist Huong Giang is the latest celebrity to wear a dress made of 2,000 condoms for a safe sex campaign.

Giang told Tuoitre News Vietnam she is happy for her name to be associated with condom-use and wants to send the public, particularly young people, a message about safe sex.

April 19, 2013

Huong Giang wears dress made of 2,000 condoms as part of publicity campaign funded by USAID

Transgender Vietnam Idol finalist Huong Giang is the latest celebrity to wear a dress made of 2,000 condoms for a safe sex campaign.

Giang told Tuoitre News Vietnam she is happy for her name to be associated with condom-use and wants to send the public, particularly young people, a message about safe sex.

December 27, 2012

Two men arrested for murder of 26-year-old in southern Dong Nai province, in a suspected money dispute

Two men have been arrested for the murder of a gay man in Vietnam who was reportedly killed and chopped into pieces.

According to the country's Tuổi Trẻ newspaper, 23-year-old Tran Tu Dien, of Bac Lieu province, and Ngo Van Tam, 20, of Tra Vinh province, were arrested by police in southern Dong Nai province yesterday (26 December).

December 5, 2012

Government draws up action plan to tackle male prostitution in cities including Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang

Gay male prostitution is on the increase in several cities across Vietnam, according to government officials.

Le Van Quy, deputy director of the Ho Chi Minh City Bureau for Social Evil Prevention, claims a growing number of men are becoming gay sex workers in the South East Asian country, reported Vietnamnet Bridge.

December 4, 2012

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

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.

November 27, 2012

Awareness and acceptance of LGBT people promoted at joyful event in Ho Chi Minh City

Eight hundred people gathered in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on Sunday to celebrate diversity of sexualities.

The event, which carried the slogan ‘Open your heart - embrace diversity’ was organized by Vietnamese LGBT rights group ICS (Information, Connecting and Sharing).

The three-hour event feature cheerful activities like games, singing and performances. It culminated with a mass dance to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way and PSY’s Gangnam Style.

ICS gave out souvenir badges that read ‘I love him’, ‘I love her’ or ‘I love diversity’.

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.

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 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 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.

August 16, 2012

Five years ago, the media in Vietnam regular reported on the social evil of homosexuality, now the government are looking into legalizing same-sex marriage, Gay Star News talk to the man who made it happen

Earlier this month the news that Vietnam might become the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage made headlines around the world. The news appeared to come out of nowhere, as no-one expected the socially conservative one-party state to be so progressive.

In an interview with Gay Star News Le Quang Binh, the director of the first LGBT rights organization in Vietnam, reveals the five year story behind this month’s headlines.

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.

June 2, 2012

Most LGBT street children and adolescents in Ho Chi Minh City are found to engage in the sex industry

Most LGBT street children and adolescents in Vietnam are engaged in the sex trade and are alone in protecting themselves from get infected with sexually transmitted diseases, according to a research.

The Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment (iSee) and Save the Chldren International (SCI) released a joint study on LGBT street children and adolescents in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday (31 May), revealing their poor everyday lives.