The Socialist Republic of Vietnam will hold its first ever LGBT pride festival in the capital city of Hanoi.
Vietnam is to host its first gay pride parade this weekend, event organisers said Friday, after the communist country’s justice minister said it was time to consider legalising same-sex marriage.
The parade, organised by Hanoi’s small but growing Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, will see people cycling through the centre of the capital city early Sunday morning.
“The parade is confirmed,” project developer Tam Nguyen told AFP, adding she was not authorised to say whether the event had received official permission to go ahead.
“We are expecting around 150 people. It is not the first gay pride event in Asia but we think it is the first in Vietnam,” Tam said.
The parade website warns participants to “consider his/her personal circumstances and the risks possibly involved before participation”.
Last month, the country?s Justice Ministry announced that a special consultation about same-sex marriage was underway and is expected to be discussed at the National Assembly congress in 2013. Should it go through, Vietnam will be the first Asian country to legalise same sex marriage.
Viet Pride will run from Aug 3-5 and will feature film screenings, research presentations, music live performances, and a cycle parade through the city center on Sunday morning beginning at My Dinh Stadium and ending at Ly Tu Trong Park.
Organised by Nguyen Thanh Tam and a group of volunteers, the event is supported by the Center for Studies and Applied Sciences in Gender, Family, Women and Adolescents (CSAGA) where Tam is casually employed. The 25-year-old self-described ?freelance activist?, who has lived in Singapore for the last six years, was?inspired to organise Viet Prideafter she and other activists were sponsored to attend Stockholm Pride last year.
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