Vietnam also plays a vital role in the common progress with ASEAN on protecting LGBT rights.
Hanoi, on June 18th, Institution for studies of Society, Economics and Environment (iSEE) co-ordinates with the Embassy of Ireland to organise the seminar "Social Movement on protecting LGBT rights in Ireland and lessons for Vietnam and ASEAN".
Ireland is the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriages by popular vote with 62% yes. This is a milestone to assert a swift change not only on economy, trade, research and development but also depicts a nation of humanism, equality.
Ireland's case can bring about lessons on social communications, on a louder voice of the youth in decision of national routine, especially the role of open social conversation with the respect for diversity.
Irish Ambassador in Vietnam, Damien Cole shares: "Irish had decided to vote for the future that they want, that future is a nation of sympathy, diversity and equality for all".
Madam Naula O'Brien, Irish Deputy Ambassador says that: "The key factor leading to this decision is conversation - Irish had communicated with one another, friends and family and then realised that LGBT community are their friends and family. There is no reason to discriminate LGBT people".
In ASEAN, ASEAN SOGI Caucus shows that the degree of LGBT rights protection in fact has significant difference among nations. Beside many countries have an open opinion on LGBT topic, there are ones that are still reserved, restricted on protecting LGBT rights, even some countries consider same-sex intercourse is a crime.
According to ASEAN SOGI Caucus: "ASEAN is still not a safe place for LGBT community".
In 2010, in the framework of the people forum, ASEAN SOGI Caucus is formed. This is the first time, LGBT rights are mentioned in the general announcement of the annual forum, setting a foundation of the network to stimulate the LGBT regional rights.
The process of social dialogue has created changes in Ireland and created the first step of changes in Vietnam. If enhance profoundly with a perspective of respecting the diversity and difference, social dialogue will help to protect LGBT rights in Vietnam, as well as ASEAN.