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Demonstrators hold Vietnam's 1st gay pride parade

From: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-...-pride-parade/

AP) HANOI, Vietnam - More than 100 demonstrators are riding bicycles and motorbikes through Vietnam's capital in the country's first-ever gay pride parade to call for equal rights for gays and lesbians. Organizer Nguyen Thanh Tam says she expects more than 150 people to join the parade that began at Hanoi's national stadium Sunday and is moving toward downtown in scorching heat while trailing rainbow-colored streamers.

Demonstrators said that Vietnamese society is starting to accept gays and lesbians, but stigmas persist. Until a few years ago, Vietnam labeled homosexuality a "social evil" alongside drug addiction and prostitution.

But the Justice Ministry recently proposed to include same-sex couples in its overhaul of the country's marriage law. The new law could provide rights for owning property, inheriting and adopting children.
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I guess Hanoi don't know about all the gay nightclubs in Saigon.
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I guess Hanoi don't know about all the gay nightclubs in Saigon.
Do you?

The point is, the demonstrators are calling for more than mere acknowledgement of their existence. What they are calling for are actual rights, such as the right to get married, changes to inheritance laws, etc.

If the article is correct, the government is open to considering granting such rights.


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Do you?

The point is, the demonstrators are calling for more than mere acknowledgement of their existence. What they are calling for are actual rights, such as the right to get married, changes to inheritance laws, etc.

If the article is correct, the government is open to considering granting such rights.


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I get it. I just so happen to live in an area that has the highest concentration of Vietnamese anywhere except for Vietnam. And we are the gay capital of the world on top of that!

Besides for marriage and adoption, gays are accepted and have been for a long time in Vietnam. If you plan to do a lot of dining and clubbing while visiting Vietnam, you might receive better treatment if you pretend to be gay.
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I get it. I just so happen to live in an area that has the highest concentration of Vietnamese anywhere except for Vietnam. And we are the gay capital of the world on top of that!
Your comment would be much more informative if we actually knew where you lived other than just 'no man's land'.

I know people see it as a fun thing, but I like to think of ACG as a real community of sorts and don't see this need for anonymity and obfuscation.

Just sayin'.

So where do you live actually?


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Your comment would be much more informative if we actually knew where you lived other than just 'no man's land'.

I know people see it as a fun thing, but I like to think of ACG as a real community of sorts and don't see this need for anonymity and obfuscation.

Just sayin'.

So where do you live actually?


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It's no secret at all. I mention it all the time.
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