Vietnam declares being gay is ‘not a disease’

Vietnam’s ministry of health said in an official document released in August that being LGBTQ+ is “entirely not an illness” and “cannot be ‘cured’ nor need[s] to be ‘cured’ and cannot be converted in any way”.

Vietnam’s new directive came after tireless advocacy by LGBTQ+ rights activists in the southeast Asian nation.

Phong Vuong – the LGBTI rights programme manager at the Institute for Studies of Society, Economy, and Environment (iSEE) – told Al Jazeera that seeing the announcement was “like a dream”. 

“It is something that we never thought would have happened, let alone coming from the most trusted source for medical information in Vietnam … I think the impact on queer youth will be very, very evident,” Vuong said. 

via PinkNews