The first gay pride parade in communist Vietnam took place in the capital Hanoi on Sunday with dozens of cyclists displaying balloons and rainbow flags streaming through the city’s streets.
Organised by the city’s small but growing Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, the event went ahead peacefully with no attempt by police to stop the colorful convoy of about 100 activists despite their lack of official permission.
“There was no intervention which is a good thing for Vietnam,” said one of the organizers, Tam Nguyen.
She said the parade had helped unite the LGBT community and raise awareness among “curious” onlookers, although many had no idea what the rainbow flag — an international symbol for LGBT groups — symbolized.
The cyclists attracted no hostility — and only a little attention — as they made their way down Hanoi’s busy streets.
Election 2012: Stances on LGBTQ Rights
I seriously can’t believe that America is STILL this backwards.
Only one candidate fully believes that being gay is the same as being human, this really is fucking disgusting.
I was hoping that Fred Karger was straight so that he was an ally who believed in equality. But he is gay so half of America wouldn’t even think of voting him in. :(
:/ Looks like Obama is still the best choice on LGBTQ issues. Too bad he has no spine to stand up for what he supports. :/
My sister is 5, and she lives in another state with my mother and stepfather. Before going out to visit, my mom told me that my sis was showing heteronormative tendencies (courtesy of my stepfather). While I visited, I decided to fix that.
I was on my computer, and my sis walked up behind me to see what I was doing. She ended up seeing my background, which is a picture of Kurt and Blaine from Glee kissing.
“Are they kissing?” she asked, astonished.
“Yup. They’re boys, too.”
“There’s nothing gross about it. Boys can kiss boys if they want to.”
“Yeah. And girls can kiss girls if they want to.”
“I like kissing girls. I like kissing girls and guys. And I like kissing some people who are neither or both.” At that point, she decided to walk away. I wasn’t disappointed because that seems like a lot for a five year old to take in. I wasn’t disappointed the next day when she asked me to draw with her.
“Can we draw princesses?” she asked me.
“Yeah, which ones?”
“Jasmine and… Mulan!” she decided.
“Can I draw them kissing?” I asked.
“Yeah. Make them real pretty.” She pulled out another piece of paper. “Then you gotta draw them getting married.”
She later ended up coloring the pictures and making Mulan and Jasmine vampires.
(Submitted by justtaketherunway)