The contestant approached the man she had been publicly courting on live television, and confessed that the object of her affections had shifted. “It’s someone else,” she said, then walked off the set with a fellow female contestant. That plot twist, revealed in a trailer for the Vietnamese-language adaptation of “The Bachelor,” has set the internet ablaze. No two contestants on the show, which debuted in the United States in 2002 and later expanded overseas, have ever walked out of its elimination ceremony together. But in Vietnam, where the full episode was scheduled to air Tuesday night, the response has been muted, and news media coverage focused primarily on how the episode has been covered abroad.
The law prohibits discrimination based on race, gender, disability, language, or social status, but enforcement of these prohibitions was uneven, and the law did not specifically address discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. During the year the government demonstrated an increased tolerance and respect for rights... Expand
The law prohibits discrimination based on race, gender, disability, language, or social status, but enforcement of these prohibitions was uneven, and the law did not specifically address discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. During the year the government demonstrated an increased tolerance and respect for rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons, compared with previous years.
The law does not address discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. There was no reported official discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, but societal discrimination and stigma remained pervasive, and local media reported general harassment of transgender individuals, including those in custody.
No laws criminalize consensual same-sex sexual conduct, but by decree individuals may not change their gender.
In May 2013 the Institute for Studies of Society, Economics, and Environment, a nonprofit organization working for the rights of minority groups, reported approximately 1.65 million individuals in the country identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender persons. In August approximately 300 activists took part in “Viet Pride 2014,” a gay pride parade in Hanoi. In late 2013 the government decriminalized same-sex marriages. On June 19, the National Assembly passed legislation to amend the Law on Marriage and Family to lift the prohibition on same-sex marriage but did not recognize it.
Source: U.S. Department of State's  Human Rights ReportContract
Sports is the avenue to equality, believes Amazin LêThi, a Vietnamese sports and LGBT human rights advocate. The award-winning activist, who is the founder and chief of smiles at Amazin LêThi Foundation, a Vietnamese-American sports organization, was in San Francisco last week for the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance Conference. LêThi spoke about LGBT rights in Vietnam and Asia overall and how sports can serve as a catalyst to LGBT equality throughout Asia at a NQAPIA news conference with international LGBTs.
Fending off 26 competitors from different parts of the world, Nguyễn Hương Giang from Hà Nội was crowned this year’s “Miss International Queen” in Thailand at one of the world’s top beauty pageants for transgender women. Bồ Xuân Hiệp speaks to Giang in Bangkok about her plan to fight for the LGBT community in Việt Nam. Although I was born unlike who I am today, I’ve never stopped trying my best and improving myself to become who I am today, a symbol of pride in Việt Nam. This victory is not only for me and my fans in Việt Nam but for the entire LGBT community in the country. I was highly motivated to win the crown as this was the first time that Việt Nam participated in the pageant. The crown is a positive symbol that will help people recognise that the LGBT community has people who are talented and thus deserve respect.
Ambassadors, diplomats, local staff, family members - in total 45 people from these embassies – joined the bike rally of the Hanoi Pride 2017 on September 24. The Nordic countries are strong supporters of international human rights, including the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI). “This event is an opportunity to team up and to celebrate diversity, tolerance and equal rights for all", the Nordic embassies stated in a press release.
Amazin LeThi Foundation today, announced the launch of the Leadership Sports and Education Program, co-implemented by the Community-based Care and Support Center for Health and HIV & AIDS Hai Phong ( HHCSC ), which will take place in Hai Phong and Hanoi, Vietnam, from July 24 to July 30, 2017. The program, the first of its kind to launch in Vietnam, will focus on integrating two marginalized groups — Asian LGBTQ youth in Vietnam and children living and/or affected with HIV & AIDS. The aim of the program is to empower and inspire its participants through sports and education to create future leaders and mentors, transform lives, and help build stronger communities within these marginalized groups and for society as a whole.
Hyeonseo Lee is very funny. “Donkey!” she exclaims and laughs. The North Korean defector is referring to the former prime minister of my native New Zealand, John Key. It is the first time I have heard this particular nickname for Key but it is one I am sure his detractors would support.We have just met in her publisher’s office in Taipei, Taiwan. After making the New Zealand connection she busily scrolls through her Instagram feed. She wants to show me a photo with "Donkey" in it. She finds it, and bursts out laughing again, as she shoves her phone towards me.
LGBT rights in the global financial capital are murky at best, while Vietnam has been pegged as one of the most LGBT-friendly countries in Asia. A global metropole, the small, tropical island of Singapore is the hub of crypto-capitalism: a country flanked by towering skyscrapers that boast of "progress" and "advancement," but where fighting for LGBT rights is still a tall order. While queer marriages are prohibited, changing one’s gender is allowed — underscoring the country’s schizophrenic policies with regards to sexual rights, which palter about progressivism, but leave much to be desired.
Nguyen Chi Tuyen, a 43-year-old from Hanoi, was driving home after dropping his son off at school when he was attacked by thugs. Tuyen, a dissident blogger who makes his living translating books into Vietnamese at a local publishing house, said around half a dozen men in plainclothes forced him off his motorbike before beating him to the ground. He didn’t know the attackers, nor did they rob him. While Tuyen was never able to confirm the attackers’ identity, he has no doubt that they were working for the government. Rights monitors say Tuyen’s story is par the course within Vietnam’s secretive single party communist state. According to most metrics commonly used to measure level of human rights abuses, Vietnam boasts one of the world’s most authoritarian police states. But activists say that far too little attention is paid to Vietnam even as other Southeast Asian countries are routinely condemned by the international community.
Nearly 90 percent of National Assembly delegates voted in support of legalizing gender reassignment within the Amended Civil Code, to come into effect on January 1, 2017. Vietnam became the sixth country in Asia, following India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Thailand, and the second after Thailand in Southeast Asia to allow reassignment and recognize transgender people. Under existing law gender reassignment is strictly limited to only those who have genital defects or are hermaphrodites. Under the Amended Civil Code, any person who wishes to change their gender will be able to do so in the country and be issued with new identification papers. One of the key figures in favor, Minister of Justice Ha Hung Cuong, told local media that the changes aimed at meeting a real need among a group of people that were increasing in number in Vietnam.
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