Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Vietnam declares being LGBTQ is not an illness and ends conversion therapy


Vietnam’s Health Ministry said being gay or trans is not an illness and urged medical practitioners to stop discriminating against LGBTQ people in health care . 

Vietnam’s Health Ministry published a document in line with the the World Health Organisation (WHO) which confirmed that homosexuality is entirely not an illness, therefore homosexuality cannot be "cured" nor needs to be "cured" and cannot be converted in any way.

The statement also urged medical professionals need to be fair and respectful of queer people’s sexuality and not to discriminate against the LGBTQ community. The document also stated that so called conversion therapy, to change a persons sexual orientation or gender identity is illegal.

As the most trusted source of medical authority in Vietnam, the impact of Vietnam’s Health Ministry on social perceptions or queerness will be enormous. Now, Rights groups inside Vietnam are simultaneously pushing for legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage.

Read the statement here.

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