On June 30, 2016, the Human Rights Council has voted through resolution 32/2, which establishes an Independent Expert to promote solutions to issues of violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Vietnam is one of the countries voting "yes" for this resolution.
Hanoi, Aug 09, 2016 – Viet Pride Hanoi 2016 is an annual event to celebrate the freedom to love and freedom of expression regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. The official celebration takes place from August 19 to August 28 with the theme “Path of Pride”. The capstone activity – Viet Pride bicycle rally – takes place in the morning of August 21.
On January 7th or June 30th 2016, the Human Rights Council of the United Nations will vote for a “resolution on the protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual trends and gender identity”. As a member of the Human Rights Council, Vietnam has a good opportunity to express the consistent view of supporting equal rights for gays, bisexuals and transgender.
During Pride month, we are saddened by the news about the mass shooting that occurred at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families affected by this horrific violence.
Ahead of IDAHOT (the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia), iSEE and NextGen - a network of young leaders actively involved in the rights of LGBT people - organized the second BUBU Town event on May 15th, along with the sponsorship of the European Commission (EC) and the Norwegian’s People’s Aid (NPAID).
The SEXUP! Fair was held at Thái Nguyên University of Economics and Business Management on April 10th and attracted thousands of students and youngsters from universities and high schools in Thái Nguyên city.
On 24th of November, 2015, the National Assembly of Viet Nam has passed the new Civil Code, which allows sex change and gener marker change. Here are ten things that you need to know what is really happening.
(Ha Noi, November 24, 2015) National Assembly of Viet Nam have passed Amended Civil Code, which recognizes the rights to change one’s sex and to change gender marker on legal identification.
From Sep 29th to Oct 20th, Institution for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment (iSEE) will organize a Debate competition on “Sexual Rights” called “SEXUP!”, whose targets are young people in Hanoi and nearby provinces. With the slogan: “Sexual rights? Let’s talk! Afraid not!”, the competition aims at encouraging youngsters to research and speak up their thoughts on this sensitive topic.
"Social Movement to protect LGBT Rights in Ireland" - Remarks by Ms Nuala O’Brien, Deputy Head of Mission – Embassy of Ireland at the Workshop "Social movement to protect LGBT rights in Ireland and lesson learnt for Vietnam and Asean" held by the Embassy of Ireland in Hanoi and Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment (iSEE) on 18 June 2015.
BUBU Town, the land of freedom, tolerance and equality took place on May 17th at the American Club, Ha Noi. The Town welcomed about 4,000 BUBU citizens with their own colours and personalities that made up a lively rainbow town.
Celebrating the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) 17 May, the Institute for Studies of Society, Economics and Environment (iSEE), United Nations in Vietnam (UN) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will hold a special outdoor event called “BUBU town”, an unique zone of freedom, tolerance and equality. BUBU stands for “Be Unique. Be U” which is the slogan of the town.
Pursuant to Resolution of the Standing Committee of the National Assembly of people’s consultation on Civil Code draft (revised), all Vietnamese individuals, both inside and outside the country, can offer ideas and suggestion directly to lawmaker agencies.
Queer stories, collected. Your first experience of The Cabinet exhibition is the colourful and dizzying archway created by visual artist Lại Thị Diệu Hà, a dramatic introduction to the main space which is filled with intriguing boxes and cases full of objects. The exhibition itself is made up of 80 personal belongings, each with its own story. The stories are those of individuals – personal experiences of love, of persecution, violence and acceptance – but together they paint a striking picture of the LGBT community in Vietnam.
Recently, many newspapers and news sites have published the news on “unbanning same-sex marriage”, “allowing gay marriage” or “not prohibiting same-sex marriage” from January 1st 2015. This surprises many people and at the same time confuses others, especially the LGBT community. The Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment iSEE would like to provide here some official information on this decision to help readers understand it more thoroughly.
There are some terms in the Draft of Law on Detention and Imprisonment about segregating Homosexuals and transgenders of Ministry of Public Security that need further clarification, especially in terminology, facts as well as international experiences. The following discussions will clarify contents of the drafts and noteworthy principles of detention, imprisonment of homosexual and transgenders also.
Campaign and advocacy for LGBT rights is getting more attentions and expanding into many areas, from individual to governmental level. In a broader context, advocacy promotes a tolerant, equal, non-discrimitative and responsible society. The people that motivate and inspire community to make changes are called Self-starters.
iSEE is conducting a survey on the legal needs of transgender people (defined as people whose desired sex is different from biological sex, not necessarily having undergone sex-change operation) or inter-sex people. The survey results will be used for the advocacy for the amendment of the Civil Code relating to the right to change the name, gender and identity recognition in personal documents.
On 22/09/2014, the Institute for Studies of Society, Economics and Environment has sent a petition letter to Ambassador Nguyen Trung Thanh, Head of Permanent Mission of Vietnam to the Office of United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The letter calls on approval voting for a resolution on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”), which will be passed in the session week of Human Rights Council (22 – 26/09/2014).
Lately, there has been a tendency to associate sexual orientations of involving characters with some articles about criminals and social evils. Especially, some articles even use the slangs or writer’s subjective comments implying the discrimination towards them. This caused resentments and disappointments among the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community.