First Hanoi Gay Pride parade

This video is called 1st Gay Pride Hanoi Vietnam.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Hundreds out at first Hanoi Gay Pride parade

Sunday 05 August 2012

Dozens of cyclists decorated with balloons and rainbow flags streamed through the Vietnamese capital Hanoi today for the country’s first-ever gay pride parade.

Organised by the city’s small but growing LGBT community, the event went ahead peacefully with no attempt by police to stop the colourful convoy of about 100 activists despite their lack of official permission.

In a surprise move late last month Justice Minister Ha Hung Cuong said that it might be time to consider a change in the law to recognise same-sex marriage.

Vietnam currently forbids same-sex unions. Any move to legalise gay marriage would make Vietnam the first nation in Asia to do so.

The cyclists voiced strong support for the possible legal changes, calling for equal rights for gays and lesbians.

Vietnam lesbian couple talks of hope for marriage, LGBT rights: here.


9 thoughts on “First Hanoi Gay Pride parade

  1. Britain:

    There is a grass roots where all are welcome

    Monday 06 August 2012

    Further to Heather Davies’ letter (Outsourcing and cuts destroy LGBT support, M Star August 1), I am pleased to say queers are coming together to build grass-roots opposition to the austerity policies that are attacking LGBTQ communities.

    There are several LGBTQ community groups that are working with others to build the resistance – Queers Against the Cuts (, Queer Resistance ( and Left Front Art ( are three groups fighting the Tory cuts.

    They are raising awareness along with developing a political debate within our communities.

    These three groups with the NUS LGBT campaign have also come together under an umbrella of OUT Against Austerity to build for the TUC demonstration on October 20.

    At Brighton & Hove Pride next month Brighton Queers Against the Cuts is organising an anti-cuts bloc on the march through Brighton.

    And activity is not restricted to London and the South East. There is an active Left Front Art cell in Leeds and a thriving Queer Resistance in the North West, with a new Queer Mutiny group being set up in Liverpool recently.

    So there is an active base developing within the LGBTQ communities.

    I would encourage Heather and any other interested person to contact these grass-roots community groups and offer to actively support them.

    I am sure each group will be happy to provide materials for people to use locally.

    Anton Johnson
    London SE27


  2. Ugandan LGBT march defies the police

    Almost 100 people joined the first LGBT Pride march in Uganda in east Africa, despite homosexuality being illegal there.

    The event was held in the city of Entebbe. Police arrested three people. Activist Frank Mugisha said, “Next time we begin the march from the police station.”

    Holding the march at all took considerable courage as coming out in public still carries a risk of intense persecution. Despite this the British government continues to try to deport gay people to Uganda.

    Last week it tried to send Eddie Mubiru back, despite the fact that he had been arrested and had his house burned down for being gay. To support Eddie contact the Movement for Justice at

    The government is also attempting to deport Ediage Valerie Ekwedde to Cameroon, where he has faced persecution. Email


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