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April 20, 2015

Health official supports change in the law

Vietnam's ministry of health is finalizing draft amendments to the civil code that will likely acknowledge transgender people for the first time.

Nguyen Huy Quang, head of the ministry's legal department, said they were still collecting opinions on the issue but he personally preferred to 'address the fact and solve it.'

'This is the right to live with their true gender,' he told a news conference on 14 April.

Legislators will discuss the proposed changes next month.

April 17, 2015

Authorities in Vietnam are concerned about the surging popularity of extremely graphic Chinese erotic novels among younger people, with many of the most popular novels having gay themes

Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communication is concerned about the popularity of ‘oversentimental sex fiction of Chinese origin’ among young Vietnamese people and is trying to stop the pulp novels’ sale and publication in the country.

Vietnamese publishers typically acquire the publishing rights to the novels and then run them through translation software before manually editing them so that they read properly in Vietnamese.

April 17, 2015

Authorities in Vietnam are concerned about the surging popularity of extremely graphic Chinese erotic novels among younger people, with many of the most popular novels having gay themes

Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communication is concerned about the popularity of ‘oversentimental sex fiction of Chinese origin’ among young Vietnamese people and is trying to stop the pulp novels’ sale and publication in the country.

Vietnamese publishers typically acquire the publishing rights to the novels and then run them through translation software before manually editing them so that they read properly in Vietnamese.

April 3, 2015

Who's up for a railway romance?

There are few forms of travel that evoke the romance and adventure of the railway.

Conjuring nostalgia for travel’s golden era, an epic train trip not only gives you the chance to just relax and enjoy the view, the view itself can give you special insight into a country you’d never get by sticking to the roads. In some more perilous areas, rail travel is the only option.

Here, Asia specialists Backyard Travel lead us on a tour through three of Asia’s most thrilling train trips.

February 2, 2015

Official says the ban will 'ensure fair competition'

The Vietnam Football Federation said Thursday (29 January) transgender woman are banned from the national women's tournament when it kicks off in March.

'The national championship is exclusively for women, so transsexuals will not be allowed,' said Duong Nghiep Khoi, vice secretary of the federation.

'This regulation is to ensure fair competition and for the development of Vietnam women’s football.'

He did not say how many, if any, players were affected by the ban.

February 2, 2015

See more photos of Asia's most fabulous wedding inside

Vietnam has got its first gay showbiz wedding, just weeks after the southeast Asian country lifted its ban on same-sex marriage.

Fashion designer Adrian Anh Tuan marred his entrpreneur boyfriend Son Doan in a star-studded ceremony last week (24 January) to intense public interest.

Tuan and Doan, both 35 this year, tied the knot in front of 50 guests at a five-star beach resort in the coastal city of Nha Trang.

The couple have known each other for five years, and been together for three, and live together in Ho Chi Minh City.

January 31, 2015

The LGBT community has however protested against the slapstick comedy's camp central character for humiliating and smearing gay people through overacted actions and expressions

De Mai Tinh 2 (Let Hoi Decide), a slapstick comedy with a self-identified transgender woman in the central role, has become the top grossing film in the country.

It earned US$3.85 million – a huge sum for a Vietnamese feature – in over two weeks since it was released on December 12 and on 70 screens across the Southeast Asian country.

January 26, 2015

The truth about drugs, addiction and decriminalization will surprise you, writes Hari

A few weeks ago, somebody asked me a strange question, about how my sexuality informs my attitude to drugs, and at first I was a little bit offended.

It is now a century since drugs were first banned in the US and Britain, and as this anniversary approached, I set off on a three-year, 30,000-mile journey to try to understand what the War on Drugs is really all about.

January 26, 2015

Ringleader owns the Vietnamese edition of UK publication Attitude

Vietnamese police Friday (23 January) arrested a gay magazine owner in Ho Chi Minh City for running an online gambling ring worth 1 trillion Vietnamese dong ($46.88m).

Nine others were arrested in connection to the Philippines-based website 12bet.com.

To Cong Hung, 33, allegedly managed operations in the south east Asian country for several months and is also the owner of the Vietnamese edition of Attitude, the leading gay magazine in the UK.

January 26, 2015

Ringleader owns the Vietnamese edition of UK publication Attitude

Vietnamese police Friday (23 January) arrested a gay magazine owner in Ho Chi Minh City for running an online gambling ring worth 1 trillion Vietnamese dong ($46.88m).

Nine others were arrested in connection to the Philippines-based website 12bet.com.

To Cong Hung, 33, allegedly managed operations in the south east Asian country for several months and is also the owner of the Vietnamese edition of Attitude, the leading gay magazine in the UK.

January 21, 2015

Majority of trans inmates want separate prisons to avoid sexual harassment

Vietnam may house LGBTI prisoners in separate jails to protect them from sexual harassment.

The plan was proposed to the ministry of public security by the Social, Economic and Environmental Institute, which has studied gender-related issues for years.

A 2014 report found that the majority of transgender inmates wanted separate jails to avoid the risk of sexual harassment. LGBTI prisoners are at greatest risk of sexual harassment.

The institute cited statistics from California, which showed 67% of LGBTI inmates have suffered sexual harassment.

January 20, 2015

'My advice for homosexual people is live with honesty and dedication'

What is the secret to being gay and happy?

That was one of the questions put to openly gay US ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius last week by readers of the VietNamNet Bridge website.

'Many readers said that they greatly admire you as you are an ambassador who has disclosed your sexual orientation and has been supported by the world community,' the interviewer said.

She then asked Osius to share some wisdom with the LGBTI community in Vietnam.

January 6, 2015

Gay couples can now hold symbolic weddings without interference or fines

Gay marriage is no longer banned in Vietnam under an amendment to marriage law that came into effect on 1 January.

Same-sex couples can now hold symbolic weddings and cohabitate without interference or fines from authorities.

However, they will not receive the same rights as straight married couples, a halfway point some lawmakers have hailed as the first step towards marriage equality.

December 26, 2014

Distributors announce additional screenings in Ho Chi Minh City until Dec 28, screenings in Hanoi from Dec 29 to Jan 1

Described by a local newspaper as a 'respectful, true, and positive perspective on the LGBT community' in Vietnam, the 86-min documentary has had 16 screenings between Dec 13 and 21, and distributors have added another 12 from Dec 22 to 28.

December 26, 2014

Distributors announce additional screenings in Ho Chi Minh City until Dec 28, screenings in Hanoi from Dec 29 to Jan 1

Described by a local newspaper as a 'respectful, true, and positive perspective on the LGBT community' in Vietnam, the 86-min documentary has had 16 screenings between Dec 13 and 21, and distributors have added another 12 from Dec 22 to 28.

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 4, 2014

Sunday saw Vietnam’s LGBTI community take to the streets for the third annual Viet Pride ride in Hanoi

Around 300 people decorated their bicycles and scooters with rainbow flags and took to the streets of Hanoi for Vietnam’s annual LGBTI pride festival on Sunday.

Protests of any kind are highly controlled by the Vietnamese Government. However the Viet Pride festival was able to be held without interference from officials for a third year in a row.

August 1, 2014

A young loving gay couple were married in Hanoi at the British Embassy under the new England and Wales same-sex marriage law

A British couple has become the first to marry in Vietnam.

Yein Kai Yee and Sutpreedee Chinithigun, both British citizens, had their wedding held by the British Embassy in Hanoi on 29 July.

The couple’s relatives and the embassy staff attended the historic wedding. It was the first in the country since England and Wales’ marriage law came into effect in March.

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.

July 28, 2014

As a 60s child, Rob Watson learned from the Good News Club. Now he doesn’t want kids exposed to them

The headline pissed me off when I read it in my news feed. ‘Evangelical group plans to convert children as young as five at Portland Parks.’ As a dad, an interest group, any interest group, going after kids is unacceptable in my book.

July 16, 2014

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

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.

July 16, 2014

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

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.

July 1, 2014

This two-day luxury cruise sets sail in August, the same month as Viet Pride, and is hailed as the first gay cruise to tour the stunning waters and rock formations of the UNESCO World Heritage Site

A weekend luxury gay cruise is set to be ‘the first’ in Vietnam’s beautiful Halong Bay.

The Halong Gay Party Cruise program will include dining in candle-lit limestone caves, kayaking and swimming around Halong Bay’s islands and karaoke parties, all on a smaller boat with 17 air-conditioned cabins for a more intimate cruising experience.