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.
February 26 / Vietnam.net