In Vietnam campaign group CCIHP and ICS marked IDAHOT in a very unique way and in Ho Chi Minh City over 1,000 people participated in the Rainbow celebrations.
The group CCIHP, who exist to protect the rights of marginalised Vietnamese groups, hosted a collective same-sex wedding which featured a special live music performance, an outdoor art performance and a workshop led by the Vietnam Sexual Rights Alliance of Hanoi. The event, which was open to the public, aimed to promote positive attitudes towards same-sex marriage, as well as raising awareness to the ongoing problems faced by the Vietnamese LGBTI community.
In Ho Chi Minh City, ICS, the organization for LGBT rights in Vietnam held a series of events including leadership workshop for transgender people and meeting of PFLAG of transgender people on May 16, as well as a two public events of May 17: ‘Rainbow Marriage’ event for same-sex couples to have their wedding photograph taken and “Celebrating the Rainbow” to celebrate IDAHOT which saw a fantastic turnout of over 1,000 people.
Additionally, in the provinces of Da Nang, Hai Phong and Vinh Long provinces Bike rally and a “Celebrating the Rainbow” flashmob were organised.
Programme for Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City:
May 15: Workshop “Celebrating Achivements and Addressing Remaining Challenges“ , hosted by the Institute for Studies of Society, Economics and Environment (iSEE)
May 16: Happy Color Wedding Show
May 17: “BUBU TOWN”, a town of freedom, tolerance and equality, a place that embraces diversity and promotes freedom of expression of all kinds. BUBU stands for the town’s slogan: “BE UNIQUE. BE U”. @American Club Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh City:
May 16th: Workshop to develop the leadership of transgender people; Meeting with PFLAG
May 17: Public event themed “Celebrating the Rainbow”, organised by the Vietnamese LGBT organisation ICS