Hanoi Pride 2017
Hanoi Pride 2017 lasted in September for a week with a series of exhibitions, discussions, film screenings, a bike rally and street walking.
The capstone events of the sixth annual Hanoi Pride – the bike rally, parade, and Pride Festival – will bring together almost 1,000 LGBTQ community members for the elimination of prejudice and discrimination against the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community in Vietnam, a country in which same-sex intimacy remains taboo.
Over the last few years, Pride has become a movement spanning from informal LGBT collectives on and offline to formal organizations and transnational, inter-governmental entities. The movement has brought about significant changes for the LGBTQ community in Vietnam on several aspects: same-sex marriage is now legal, public opinion is shifting and tolerance is on the rise within workplaces, classrooms and families.
This is the first year that Hanoi Pride has been organized by a committee of 11 organizations in Hanoi working on LGBTQ rights. Organizers said that with the theme of “Pride Capital”, Hanoi Pride 2017 will reflect its city: celebrating traditional cultures while remaining open to modern changes and maintaining strong family ties while empowering individual.
“May be people in Hà Nội will have opportunity to know better about LGBTQ community than those living in remote regions,” Vương Khả Phong, secretary of Hà Nội Pride
“If Hà Nội Pride can get lots of support and success in the city, this will further motivate the organisers of this event in other regions of Việt Nam.” Hoàng Giang Sơn, a member of NextGEN association – a network of young leaders working on LGBTQ issues
– According to Vietnamnews–