Jul 31 2012
While not openly anti-gay, homosexual relationships and practices remain taboo in Vietnam and negative social attitudes and stigmas still exist. But now, for the first time, “Pride” comes to Hanoi in a series of events being hosted under the Viet Pride 2012 banner.
Organised by Ms Nguyen Thanh Tam and volunteers from the LGBT community, with support from CSAGA (Centre for Studies and Applied Sciences in Gender, Family, Women and Adolescents), Viet Pride 2012 aims to “encourage people to come forward, to come out and to live openly with pride; to strengthen the sense of community that transcend group boundaries and differences; and to create an official and interactive forum where pro-gay organisations and beneficiary community come together, interact, and foster trust and collaborations.” Ms Tam and CSAGA were sponsored to go to Stockholm Pride 2011 and that inspired her to organise Viet Pride in 2012.
The event is supported by the Swedish Embassy Hanoi, the Goethe Institut, the Canadian Embassy and other sponsors.
Activities kick-off on Friday 3 August, with a musical performance and opening speech at the Goethe Institut. The evening continues with the showing of a documentary by Ms Tam and CSAGA, entitled “The Case of LGBT funding in Vietnam: Transforming Lives, Enforcing Rights” and a film screening of “Kyss Mig” by Lebox Produktion (Sweden).
Saturday morning starts at the Canadian Embassy, with various speeches and film showings, and the film screenings continue in the evening with “Kommt Mausi Raus? (Is Mausi Coming Out?)”, by Alexander Scherer and Angelina Maccarone, and “The Truth About Jane”, by Hearst Entertainment.
On Sunday a bicycle parade — Cycle with Pride — will start at My Dinh Stadium, in the west of the city, at 08:30 and will end at Ly Tu Trong Park, opposite Quan Thanh Temple at 11:30. Register online if you’re interested in participating in the parade, and wear a white shirt.
A full schedule and further details of the events and the parade route can be found on the website.
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