Vietnam gets a PFLAG

Vietnam gets a PFLAG

Vietnam has its first support group for parents and friends of GLBTs with the support of the Swedish Government.

Organised by Vietnam’s Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment (iSEE), the group’s website — — was launched on May 11 in Ho Chi Minh City.

The launch was followed by a seminar with presentations about the prejudice, stigmatisation and social exclusion GLBTs in Vietnam and their families and friends face, while journalists were provided with information about GLBT movements and their work.

Speaking at the launch, the Swedish ambassador to Vietnam, Staffan Herrström, said that social exclusion, prejudices and stigmatisation were faced not only by GLBTs but often also their friends and families.

“Several legal obstacles are still there along with prejudice, preventing so many people and couples from enjoying the rights to their individuality and from seeing their love, their relationships accepted and respected,” Herrström said.

“Sweden is a country safeguarding and promoting the rights of GLBTs both at home and in the world. Our policy for global development is clear on this. The right to decide over your own body, sexuality and reproduction is fundamental for all individuals.”

The Swedish Government has provided a grant of around $250,000 to support the project.

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