Sixth Hà Nội Pride largest yet

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Hà Nội Pride 2017, the country’s most anticipated event for the LGBTQ community, opened on Monday and runs until Sunday with a series of exhibitions, discussions, film screenings, a bike rally and walking march.

 

Raise the flag: Hà Nội Pride advocates for an end of prejudice, discrimination, shame, and invisibility faced by LGBTQ people. — Photo courtesy of organisers

HÀ NỘI — Hà Nội Pride 2017, the country’s most anticipated event for the LGBTQ community, opened on Monday and runs until Sunday with a series of exhibitions, discussions, film screenings, a bike rally and walking march.

The capstone events of the sixth annual Hà Nội Pride - the bike rally, parade, and Pride Festival - will bring together almost 1,000 LGBTQ community members and allies. Since the first celebration in 2012, Hà Nội Pride (formerly Việt Pride Hà Nội ) has become an annual event calling for the elimination of prejudice and discrimination against the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community in Việt Nam, 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 organisations and transnational, inter-governmental entities. The movement has brought about significant changes for the LGBTQ community in Việt Nam on several fronts: 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 Hà Nội Pride has been organised by a committee of 11 organisations in Hà Nội working on LGBTQ rights.

Organisers said that with the theme of "Pride Capital", Hà Nội Pride 2017 will reflect its city: celebrating traditional cultures while remaining open to modern changes and maintaining strong family ties while empowering individual.

Vương Khả Phong, secretary of Hà Nội Pride, said it is important to celebrate Pride every year to show people living all over the country that LGBTQ people are standing up to ask for their rights.

“May be people in Hà Nội will have opportunity to know better about LGBTQ community than those living in remote regions,” he said.
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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 - said "continuing discrimination faced by LGBTQ people made Pride essential".

“I want to continue to organise this event because many of my friends who are in LGBTQ community are still discriminated,” Sơn said. “I will continue to act for the rights of LGBTQ community as long as it still happens.”

The bike rally will start at 2pm on Sunday at Nam Cao Street near Giảng Võ Lake. The parade and Pride festival will begin at 4pm at the American Club, located at 19-21 Hai Bà Trưng Street.

More information about the week-long event can be found at www.hanoipride.vn. — VNS

 

Source: VNN

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