Thousands of people have descended on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City for the Vietnam last south town’s annual Vietpride parade this Sunday. The first official parade tooks place in Hanoi in 2012 and has blossomed since. For his 5th year, the Vietpride drew in HCMC thousands of people who partied joined by tourists and local, who proudly waved rainbow flags as they marched through Nguyen Hue Boulevard. Championing the right of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community), the Vietpride is celebrated this year in 35 provinces and cities across Vietnam between July 29 and October 1, promoting a message of hope, acceptance, activism, and love.
Unlike the US or the UK, Vietnam never had any anti-gay laws, and since 2015 the law on Marriage and Family came into effect outlawing the ban on gay weddings. But if today Vietnam society’s view of the LGBT community is much more open compared to the past, the subject is still taboo in a society which remains still conservative towards homosexuality. Yes, today the country has a law on Marriage and family allowing gays to be married but on another side the society does not recognize them still forcing them to stay in the closet.