The UN has congratulated Vietnam on the progress of the LGBT rights movement in the Southeast Asian nation. ‘This is vital in order to be better understood, to reduce social prejudice and stigma based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and to contribute to development of relevant legislation to ensure the rights of the community are protected,’ said Pratibha Mehta, the UN’s resident co-ordinator in Vietnam, Vietnamnet reports.
But Valentine Vu, a gay Vietnamese-Canadian fashion design lecturer who lives in Vietnam, cautions that the country is not yet ready for marriage equality. Gay Star News reports:
Legalizing gay marriage would not make Vietnam ‘”cool” when it has failed to acknowledge other gay rights issues’, Valentine Vu writes in an editorial for Tuoitre News. Vu said that Vietnamese society doesn’t have the ‘foundation’ for marriage equality. ‘Gay marriage should not be the first stance against introducing gay acceptance into a more or less homophobic culture,’ said Vu, who grew-up in Canada but has lived in Vietnam for five years.
Vietnam’s Ministry of Justice considering marriage equality, although it’s considered a longshot in the country at this time.