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Vietnam says homosexuality ‘not a disease’ in win for gay rights

Announcement from Health Ministry also bans conversion therapy but lacks enforcement powers. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – Phong Vuong was preparing for the launch of a campaign advocating for the legalisation of gay marriage when he heard that the government had decided that homosexuality was “not a disease”. Vietnam’s Ministry of Health also announced… Read more »

Field Training with Key Populations to Strengthen Advocacy Capacity – Lighthouse, Vietnam

This case study has been prepared by MPact to analyze community approaches used to increase meaningful engagement in Global Fund processes to ensure access for key populations. Being implemented in 23 countries and across 6 regions, the Global Fund (GF) technical assistance program aims to increase meaningful engagement of Key Populations communities in GF processes… Read more »

Vietnam’s ‘femme queen on the streets, dom top in the sheets’

Twenty-four-year-old Dan Ni tears apart gender codes with lace, sequins, fishnet and bold lipstick ‘My existence is a story to be told about gender politics, about defying what society says is masculine, feminine, what’s accepted and what is not’ says Vietnamese graphic designer Dan Ni. In a new documentary, Dating with Dan Ni, the 24-year-old… Read more »

LGBTI Vietnamese pedal for rights at Hanoi Pride

People in Vietnam’s capital took to their bikes to push for trans rights and same-sex marriage in the country More than 1,000 people joined the Hanoi Pride parade on Sunday (11 November). The parade is unique in Asia, with LGBTI supporters getting on their bikes to peddle for rights. Bicycles, scooters, and rickshaws bedecked in… Read more »

Vietnam begins testing HIV through saliva

Hanoi (VNS/VNA) – Much like home testing kits, the oral HIV quick test method will be launched in Vietnam for the first time, said an official of the Ministry of Health’s (MoH) Vietnam Administration for HIV/AIDS Control (VAAC). According to Vo Hai Son, head of the HIV/AIDS Surveillance, Monitoring, Evaluation and Testing Division under VAAC,… Read more »

Vietnam’s sex industry and the sticky subject of legalizing it

‘Sex workers should have the right to make a living, contribute to society, and enjoy welfare in terms of healthcare and education.’ Vietnamese officials have expressed their concerns about the complicated nature of recognizing prostitution as a job. Despite being illegal in Vietnam, prostitutes can still be found all over the country’s biggest cities, and… Read more »

HIV infections on the rise

Hanoi (VNA) – The number of new HIV infections has been on the rise in Vietnam, especially among men who have sex with men (MSM) and those with unsafe sexual behaviours, heard a conference on policies for HIV/AIDS prevention in Ho Chi Minh City on September 27. More than 4,540 HIV infections had been detected… Read more »

A new safe place for the LGBT community

HCM City —  Eight years ago, a 24-year-old man from the Mekong Delta Province of Ð?ng Tháp, who identified as gay at the time, decided he wanted to change his gender. But he didn’t know where to turn for advice. “I felt like a girl inside. Psychologically, that’s how I felt,” he said last Sunday… Read more »

A new safe place for the LGBT community

HCM CITY — Eight years ago, a 24-year-old man from the Mekong Delta Province of Ð?ng Tháp, who identified as gay at the time, decided he wanted to change his gender. But he didn’t know where to turn for advice. “I felt like a girl inside. Psychologically, that’s how I felt,” he said last Sunday… Read more »

This transgender bodybuilder is crushing barriers in Vietnam

It’s Sunday morning in Ho Chi Minh City. Blistering heat is vaporizing last night’s downpour on the streets of District 7, an upscale area southeast of the city center and popular with expats. Under the unforgiving lights of a gym so polished it looks barely used, Kendy rehearses the poses that he hopes will win… Read more »

Beyond Legal Progress: The Reality of LGBT Discrimination in Vietnam

Over a year on from Vietnam’s lifting of bans on same-sex marriage ceremonies, advancements in the rights of LGBT citizens throughout the Southeast Asian region seem to have stagnated, and indeed in some cases, regressed. In Thailand, the recognition of a “third gender” in its constitution is a victory for its transgender citizens, but legal… Read more »

For Nguyen Hai Yen, it all started with the need to find a connection. As a queer woman living in Vietnam during the early 2000s, it was easy to feel like she was the only one.

At a time when being gay or queer was still considered by many in the country a “social evil” on par with drug use and prostitution, coming out in Vietnam wasn’t necessarily the easiest thing to do. So Yen decided to turn to the one place she knew of to try and find a connection… Read more »

Vietnam’s LGBTQ Movement Is in Full Bloom

For Nguyen Hai Yen, it all started with the need to find a connection. As a queer woman living in Vietnam during the early 2000s, it was easy to feel like she was the only one. At a time when being gay or queer was still considered by many in the country a “social evil”… Read more »

Vietnam’s schools remain dangerous for LGBT youth

Vietnam abolished its ban on same-sex marriage at the beginning of 2015, much to the praise of activists. The move set Vietnam apart from most other countries in the region. However, a year on there are reports that not much has changed for LGBT’s day to day lives. A report from the English-language website of… Read more »

Queer Southeast Asia: Recognition, Respect & Legitimacy

Over the past few decades, diverse new cultures and communities based on same-sex preference and transgender identity have become increasingly prominent in all the countries of Southeast Asia. Across the cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity of region, and despite the distinctive colonial and semicolonial political histories of the modern states of Southeast Asia (see Jackson… Read more »

Vietnam Recognizes Transgender People

Hanoi — Vietnam lawmakers on Tuesday passed changes to a civil code that acknowledges transgender people and gives them rights to change gender in legal documents, reflecting a major advance in the Communist government’s viewpoint on gender issues. Under the new law, which will take effect from Jan. 1, 2017, people who underwent sex change… Read more »

Watch: Speak Production, a Vietnamese LGBT Sitcom

New Vietnamese sitcom follows lesbian relationships at a college. It’s now in its third episode so check it out below and let us know what you think. by Fridae Editor Source – Fridae

Gay US Ambassador to Vietnam and his husband

Over the last few months, US Ambassador Ted Osius and his husband Clayton Bond have become the most prominent gay couple in Vietnam. The couple, who have a toddler son and have recently adopted a baby girl, have become ambassadors for the LGBT rights movement in the Southeast Asian country. The communist government of Vietnam… Read more »

Meet Vietnam’s Gay Power Couple: U.S. Ambassador and His Husband

Since their December arrival in Vietnam, U.S. Ambassador Ted Osius and his husband have become the most prominent gay couple in the Southeast Asian country. Osius and Clayton Bond landed with their toddler son shortly before the government abolished its ban on same-sex marriage. Now the couple, who recently adopted an infant girl, find themselves… Read more »

Special jails for transgender and gay prisoners proposed in Vietnam

According to an official report, gay and transgender prisoners face the highest risk of sexual harassment from other inmates in prison. Vietnam may be considering housing transgender and gay prisoners in jails separate from those currently in use so as to protect them from sexual harassment. This plan has been proposed by the Social, Economic… Read more »

Vietnam Abolishes Same-Sex Marriage Ban, Taking Lead in Gay Rights

Vietnam taking the lead in gay rights in Southeast Asia by abolishing a ban on same-sex marriage has medical doctor Thuan Nguyen planning a wedding ceremony with his boyfriend of two years. “I am ready to have a wedding,” he said. “Many, many young people in love are optimistic about the acceptance of gay weddings.”… Read more »

LGBT members in Ho Chi Minh City take to the streets to promote diversity

About a thousand people flocked to the city’s Labor Culture Palace to honor individuals and organizations who made a difference to the LGBT community in Vietnam. About a thousand LGBT members and their friends in Vietnam’s commercial capital of Ho Chi Minh City took to the streets to promote diversity and honor individuals and organizations… Read more »

Vietnam’s LGBT community celebrates pride, softening attitudes toward gays

Hanoi, Vietnam — The streets of Hanoi were awash with rainbow flags on Sunday as an estimated 300 gay rights advocates celebrated the nation’s largest gay pride event to date. AFP reports that members of Vietnam’s LGBT community cycled and danced through the capital urging an end to discrimination against the LGBT community in a… Read more »

Vietnam hosts third gay pride parade as attitudes soften

Hanoi: Around 300 activists led a colourful parade through Hanoi on Sunday in the nation`s largest ever gay pride event, as communist Vietnam shows signs of increasing tolerance of sexual difference. The city streets were awash with rainbow flags, as a mainly young crowd cycled and danced through the capital urging an end to discrimination… Read more »

British Embassy in Hanoi officiates its first wedding of a same-sex couple

The British Embassy in Hanoi has officiated its first wedding for a same-sex couple in Vietnam. Yein Kai Yee and Sutpreedee Chinithigun, both males and British citizens, had their wedding held by the British Embassy July 29 morning, according to tuoitrenews.vn. The marriage was attended by the couple’s relatives and the embassy staff and Charge… Read more »

Ho Chi Minh City begins VietPride 2014 celebrations, over 2,000 attend

More than 2,000 people gathered in Ho Chi Minh City to join in an event dedicated to Vietnam’s LGBT. The event was part of the national VietPride 2014 celebrations slated to be held in 17 cities and provinces from July 18 to August 3. More than 2,000 people joined in Ho Chi Minh City’s July… Read more »

Equality rights have little impact on lesbians in Vietnam

Same-sex relations, equality laws and their social perceptions in Vietnam are almost always associated with gay men with lesbians largely being misunderstood, ignored or discriminated against, says a social anthropologist. Vietnam has made great strides towards equality laws but these have little or no impact on the country’s lesbian population, says Vietnamese-American LGBT activist and… Read more »

Countries congratulate Vietnam for its non discriminatory LGBT policy

Many Asian countries have congratulated Vietnam during an international meeting for being a model for its non discriminatory and caring attitude towards its LGBT community. ASEAN, the ten-member southeast Asian regional grouping congratulated Vietnam and is considering it as a model in creating fundamental conditions for ensuring human rights of its LGBT community, during the… Read more »

Vietnam: Yes On Equality, No On Relationships

June brought two major decisions on LGBT rights on the part of Vietnam. The legal recognition of same-sex relationships was dropped from reforms of the law on marriage and families. But almost on the same day, Vietnam pledged to move towards a law against discrimination that would ensure equality for individuals on the basis of… Read more »

US Consul General supports gay rights in Vietnam

The US Consul General has promised to work and promote LGBT rights in Vietnam and enable the Vietnamese society to further equality and social acceptance in the country “LGBT people, especially youths – need to know they have allies, friends. Gay, straight, old and young – we must work together to promote acceptance and provide… Read more »

Vietnam’s counterfeit condom crisis

Bangkok – A new report warning that nearly half of the commercially-available condoms in Vietnam are of poor quality has health officials worried the country’s tenuous gains in safer sex habits could be at risk. “Anyone who buys condoms in the private market now faces the risk of using low quality condoms. It affects sex… Read more »

Social stigma puts Vietnam’s gay men at higher risk of HIV/AIDS

Despite the government’s pro-gay stance, society’s marginalizing and prejudice against men who have sex with men put them at a greater risk of contracting HIV, says UNAIDS. “The evidence clearly shows that MSM in Vietnam are a population at a higher HIV risk that requires focus,” said Christopher Fontaine, an adviser for UNAIDS, the Joint… Read more »