The three days of Viet Pride 2014 concluded a week ago in Hanoi with about 600 people bicycling in a rainbow convoy, after two days of film screenings, talks, and receptions at the Goethe Institute. This is the third time Viet Pride is celebrated in the capital city of Vietnam and saw a tremendous growth in not only the number of participants, representation of local and international LGBT-supportive entities, but also the social tolerance toward homosexuality and peaceful public assembly.
Themed “Together”, Viet Pride 2014 set out to open dialogue amongst different L, G, B and T communities, as well fostering the connection between the local and global LGBT movement. This task is important in the context of the equal marriage being stalled and solidarity playing a crucial role in empowering the LGBT marginalised community. Besides that, Viet Pride 2014 also aimed to increase the visibility of the LGBT minority in the hetero-normative climate.
The outcome of Viet Pride 2014 has revealed the pervasive hetero-normativity in Vietnam, but at the same time, shown signs of increased tolerance especially amongst younger generations and parents of LGBT people. Within the LGBT community, the Viet Pride forum has provided the opportunity for more connection, while illuminated the gap between the transgender group and the lesbian, gay, bisexual that has been noted to be a point of focus for future work.
Building on the results of this year, Viet Pride in 2015 will concentrate on increasing diversity awareness and the visibility of LGBT in public sphere and also in strategic areas, most notably the office environment where LGBT individuals face hostile attitude and discriminatory treatment. This agenda will also see increased attention and sensitivity to issues specific to transgender people.