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LGBTI+ members join pride parade in Ho Chi Minh City under the rain

Sunday, October 02, 2022, 13:20 GMT+7
LGBTI+ members join pride parade in Ho Chi Minh City under the rain
A group of participants pose for a photo at the VietPride 2022 parade in Ho Chi Minh City on October 1, 2022. Photo: Linh To / Tuoi Tre News

Thousands of people from the LGBTI+ community and their friends partook in a parade on Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street in downtown Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday afternoon to mark this year’s VietPride, an annual event aimed at appealing for equality for LGBTI+ members in Vietnam.

The parade was part of a series of activities within the framework of this year’s annual LGBTI+ support VietPride, centered on Hon nhan khong khuon mau (Marriage Without Model), which was held in the southern city from September 18 to October 8.

Despite the rain, thousands of people lined the streets to attend the parade, which began at 4:30 pm.

Young participants hold flags to show support for freedom and equality LGBT community during the VietPride parade in Ho Chi Minh City on October 1, 2022. Photo: Linh To / Tuoi Tre News

Young participants hold rainbow flags to show support for freedom and equality for the LGBTI+ community during the VietPride 2022 parade in Ho Chi Minh City on October 1, 2022. Photo: Linh To / Tuoi Tre News

On the same day as the parade, an indoor event was organized at the Royal Place Hotel in District 1 with numerous activities, including musical performances, bingo shows, film screenings, mini games, and workshop.

The event, decorated under the theme of a six-color rainbow flag, the symbol of the community, featured booths offering participants information or consultancy about the local LGBTI+ community, as well as selling handicraft products, clothes, and foods.

Profits will be donated to local LGBTI+ activities.

A foreigner hold a sign to show support for same-sex marriage in Vietnam. Photo: Linh To / Tuoi Tre News

A foreigner holds a sign to show support for same-sex marriage in Vietnam. Photo: Linh To / Tuoi Tre News

The event was attended by Vietnamese celebrities, such as singer Phuong Vy and Cece Truong.

One of the most highlighted parts of the event was a wedding drama performance by two couples of the same sex to support same-sex marriage in Vietnam.

Furthermore, the VietPride 2022 parade has provided a place for many LGBTI+ couples to express their heartfelt love stories, ranging from happiness to the tenacious struggle beyond prejudice to love and live on one's own desire.

Young participants hold flags to show support for freedom and equality LGBT community during the VietPride parade in Ho Chi Minh City on October 1, 2022. Photo: Linh To / Tuoi Tre News

Young participants hold flags to show support for freedom and equality for the LGBTI+ community during the VietPride 2022 parade in Ho Chi Minh City on October 1, 2022. Photo: Linh To / Tuoi Tre News

A man also proposed to his boyfriend amidst the applause and blessings of thousands of people.

Nguyen Minh Tri, 18, said it was his first time to attend a large LGBTI+ event like this, and he had a lot of fun as well as indescribable emotions.

“The couples at the event have given me more faith in love,” Tri stated.

The annual VietPride was first organized in Hanoi in 2012 before growing to become a nationwide event.

Participants hold flags and banner to show support for freedom and equality LGBT community during the VietPride parade in Ho Chi Minh City on October 1, 2022. Photo: Linh To / Tuoi Tre News

Participants hold flags and banners to show support for freedom and equality for the LGBTI+ community during the VietPride 2022 parade in Ho Chi Minh City on October 1, 2022. Photo: Linh To / Tuoi Tre News

A couple poses for a photo at VietPride 2022 parade in Ho Chi Minh City on October 1, 2022. Photo: Linh To / Tuoi Tre News

A couple poses for a photo at the VietPride 2022 parade in Ho Chi Minh City on October 1, 2022. Photo: Linh To / Tuoi Tre News
A drag queen and a child pose for a photo at VietPride 2022 parade in Ho Chi Minh City on October 1, 2022. Photo: Linh To / Tuoi Tre News
A drag queen and a child pose for a photo at the VietPride 2022 parade in Ho Chi Minh City on October 1, 2022. Photo: Linh To / Tuoi Tre News

A group of friends pose for a selfie photo at VietPride 2022 parade in Ho Chi Minh City on October 1, 2022. Photo: Linh To / Tuoi Tre News

A group of friends pose for a welfie at the VietPride 2022 parade in Ho Chi Minh City on October 1, 2022. Photo: Linh To / Tuoi Tre News

Participants hold a flag to show support for freedom and equality LGBT community during the VietPride parade in Ho Chi Minh City on October 1, 2022. Photo: Linh To / Tuoi Tre News

Participants hold a rainbow flag to show support for freedom and equality for the LGBTI+ community during the VietPride 2022 parade in Ho Chi Minh City on October 1, 2022. Photo: Linh To / Tuoi Tre News

Participants hold flags to show support for freedom and equality LGBT community during the VietPride parade in Ho Chi Minh City on October 1, 2022. Photo: Linh To / Tuoi Tre News

Participants hold rainbow flags to show support for freedom and equality for the LGBTI+ community during the VietPride 2022 parade in Ho Chi Minh City on October 1, 2022. Photo: Linh To / Tuoi Tre News

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