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24 Sep 2012

Over 1,000 in flash mobs in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang to support LGBT rights

Over 1,000 people participated in three “flash mob” dance events held simultaneously in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang on Sunday afternoon to increase the visibility of the LGBT community.

Organisers Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment (iSEE) and Information Connecting and Sharing (ICS) – a Vietnamese LGBT rights NGO that advocates the human rights of LGBTs say the "Love is love" event, which is the first of its kind in Vietnam, was held to increase the visibility of LGBT community, and to “lobby for same sex marriage and eradication of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”

According to the organiser's website, some 1,200 people in three cities participated in the event which was supported by TV channel VTV6.

Le Quang Binh, head of iSEE, told Fridae in a statement: “We believe many people stigmatise homosexuals and transgender people because they do not know who are LGBT. Many still believe that LGBTs are abnormal people. (The) flash mob helps to show the society that LGBTs are ordinary people just like others. LGBTs are sons and daughters, friends and colleagues, workers and lawyers. This helps to reduce stigma and increase support for LGBT rights.

“In addition, it is a public event that empowers gays and lesbians to come out and feel proud about themselves. Dancing together, hugging and holding hands help LGBTs feel confident to mobilise and carry out collective actions. We believe LGBTs have to speak out and stand up for their own rights. Without LGBTs in (the) driving seat, there will be no significant legal and social changes.”

Vietnam is currently considering whether to legalise same-sex marriage.

All photos courtesy of YÊU LÀ YÊU - LGBT Flash Mob (Facebook)



1. 2012-09-24 21:33  
Yay Yay!!! LGBT VIETNAM, we rock!!!
2. 2012-09-24 22:39  
Wow wow wow! Tôi thich VN và ngu'o'i VN! Tôt làm! :-)
3. 2012-09-25 02:18  
Way to go Vietnam! :D
4. 2012-09-25 02:42  
Wow I didn't know Vietnam is so LGBT friendly. Visited there 6 months ago. Such a nice place.
5. 2012-09-25 04:07  
I am so very very proud of my country. Even though there are still some "corruption" in our generation, young Vietnamese are getting better. These kids are true heroes in my eyes.
6. 2012-09-25 04:36  
Great News from Asia and from Vietnam, hope that more people will get stronger to take part and to contribute in the LGBT community.
7. 2012-09-25 06:04  
Wow, this is amazing coming from Viet Nam! Great job organizers! Wishing you guys the very best!
8. 2012-09-25 12:58  
*Like*! Awesome work. Vietnam is moving faster towards acceptance than most Western countries. Good for you - and "more power to you"!
9. 2012-09-25 14:02  
Wow!!!! I'm so impressed at what's going on in Viet Nam.....
10. 2012-09-25 14:32  
Good for Vietnam! So nice to see them organize and I loved the video.
Someday... the world will be a better place... we are working on it.
11. 2012-09-25 22:08  
Just got visit Vietnam next year it rocks :)
12. 2012-09-28 07:03  
Well done guys and grrls! I was in Ha Noi and HCMC last week - and so sorry I was not able to stay for the Flashmobs. But after a 6-year absence from VN I was just amazed at the progress made by VN LGBT people. It now seems clear that VN will have gay marriage well before Australia does - or anyone else in Asia Pacific.
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