Homosexual couples face discrimination in Vietnam

Most homosexual people experience discrimination and harassment, according to a research study of the Health Strategy and Policy Institute on same-sex relationships in Vietnam.

The findings of the research study were disclosed at a meeting in Hanoi organized by the Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment (iSEE) in coordination with the United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS.

Around 2,500 same sex couples agreed to participate in the study. As per the study, 63 percent of participants said that they have been discriminated against through vulgar language, disdain and physical abuse.

Noticeably, 60 percent of homosexuals agreed to marry heterosexuals due to pressure from family or to fulfill their filial duty, and 61 percent same-sex couples of marriageable age want to have their own children.

However, their wish is difficult to fulfill against social stigma, legally impossible and with also no possibility of adopting children.

According to Vietnamese scientists, the country has about 1.65 million homosexuals, bisexuals and transgender of ages 15 to 59. Most of them face prejudices, discrimination and even violence as well as disadvantages in learning opportunities, careers, marriage chance and healthcare.

By Minh Khang - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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