“This is important in the way that it affirms that being LGBT is not something you can fix,” Vuong said.
“When a queer child gets taken to a medical facility … if they know about this, it can be used to defend themselves.”.
The campaign petitioned WHO Vietnam to officially assert that LGBTQ identity is not a disease.
This April, WHO Representative to Vietnam Kidong Park issued a statement in support of ending the medicalisation of queerness.
Soon, many Facebook profile pictures in Vietnam featured equal signs painted onto cheeks and foreheads or Tôi Đồng Ý posters.
“Vietnam is very open right now and has a lot of potential for LGBTI rights but there is not yet any civil protection,” Ngo said.
“Far too often effective enforcement fails in Vietnam,” Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch Asia division, told Al Jazeera. »