Same Same But Different

The difficult road to parenthood for same-sex couples My partner and I are gay and we would like to be parents. My partner is Belgian and I am Malaysian. We believe Vietnam is our best option to look for a surrogacy mother. We have already found an egg donor here but we are looking for … Read more

I Now Pronounce You

Marriage, gender recognition and the transgender spouse Dear Caroline and Antoine, I am both French and Vietnamese. I was born a boy but as I always considered myself a girl, I had several sex reassignment surgeries to make my physical appearance and sexual characteristics match my identified gender. In France I managed to legally change … Read more

Troi Oi – October 2016

19,000 hectares of farmland in the Central Highlands will be replanted with new coffee tress, according to the Steering Committee of the Central Highland Region. The Vietnam Coffee – Cacao Association, the Public-Private-Partnership program and the Nestle Vietnam Company have assisted farmers with seedlings and seeds for the replacement. In Dak Lak, farmers have received 6,255 kilograms … Read more

The Influencers: How Other Cultures Helped Shape Vietnam’s LGBT Community

Follow our series on Vietnam’s LGBT community here or download the PDF of our June 2016 issue on “Pride” here. Though some progress has been made towards accepting LGBT people in modern Vietnamese society, there is still a wide divide between the two. Despite many campaigns to battle misinformation and promote awareness to the local … Read more

Right On! A Mission to Protect and Serve the LGBT Community

Follow our series on Vietnam’s LGBT community here or download the PDF of our June 2016 issue on “Pride” here. In recent years, Vietnam is slowly developing a reputation for being an unlikely haven for gays, lesbians and transgenders in Asia. While gays are persecuted and even jailed in many Asian countries even to this … Read more

Historic Progress for Vietnam’s LGBT Community

Until recently the LGBT community in Vietnam was marginalized, but changes in attitude in the legal and public spheres are coming. From Vietnam’s first gay parade in Hanoi in 2012 to an openly transgender contestant on Vietnam Idol, the country is becoming more tolerant. Also, it doesn’t hurt that the population is young—more than half … Read more

The Happy Baker

A local speaks about his experience coming out in Vietnamese society Chatting with Yun Lukas, one gets the impression that life couldn’t be better, but not for the reasons you might expect. Yun is an increasingly respected fashion & lifestyle commentator who rubs shoulders with models, celebrities, and prominent designers – and yet he completely fails to mention this during our … Read more