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Bicycle parade promotes LGBT rights in Vietm

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  22 Aug 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Hanoi, Aug 21: Hundreds of people on Sunday took part in a colourful bicycle parade through the streets of Hanoi in support of LGBT rights as the country marked its fifth annual Viet Pride event. The parade, which started at 9 a.m, saw members and supporters of the LGBT community ride along a five-km stretch of the Vietmese capital while carrying multi-coloured flags, Efe news agency reported. Viet Pride, Vietm’s version of Gay Pride, began in 2012 and has seen increasing support over the years, with celebrations held in 22 provinces in cities across the country as of 2015, according to organisers. “In 2012, when you were asked why you should be proud, I think almost everyone in the LGBT community would find it hard to answer. But over the years, I started to realise the reasons why I should be proud of myself, and of my people,” Pham Khanh Binh, the leader of Hanoi Queer and one of the organisers of the event, said. In addition to the parade, film screenings, speed dating, discos and workshops have been held in recent days as part of the event. (IANS)

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