The Vietnamese government declared that the LGBT+ community “does not have a disease” and expanded their rights

Participants in the LGBTQ+ rights march in Hanoi, Vietnam use their bikes to protest for more rights. (Photo by Nhac NGUYEN / AFP) (NHAC NGUYEN /)

An announcement was sent to provincial and municipal health centers at the beginning of August, also published on the government website, in which it was stated that being part of the LGBTQ+ community “is not a disease”, for which “it cannot be cured” nor does it need to be “cured” and it cannot be converted in “any way”.

It was assured that doctors should not “interfere or force treatment” to patients in the community, and that if you need support, it is “psychologically and performed by those who have knowledge of sexual identity”

The advance is given by years of fights for rights and community campaigns. Last November, the “Leave with Pride” campaign of the Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment (iSEE), asked the World Health Organization in Vietnam to affirm that being gay does not it would be a disease. In this way, the iSEE in a video begs the question, “If homosexuality is a disease, shouldn’t LGBT+ Vietnamese be able to get sick leave?”

Nguyen Xuan Phuc, President of Vietnam (John Minchillo/Pool via REUTERS)
Nguyen Xuan Phuc, President of Vietnam (John Minchillo/Pool via REUTERS) (POOL/)

In April, the WHO representative in Vietnam, Kidong Park, issued a statement confirming that any attempt to change the sexual orientation of LGBTQ+ people is “medically unfounded and unacceptable.”

“We can’t overstate how good this ad is,” said Kyle Knight, senior LGBTQ+ health and rights researcher at Human Rights Watch. “While attitudes will not change overnight, this marks a major paradigm shift. The most trusted medical authority in Vietnam declared it so, so the impact on societal perceptions of homosexuality will be enormous.”

The myth that homosexuality is diagnosable has long been allowed to influence Vietnamese society. It is an underlying factor in medical malpractice against LGBTQ+ youth.” iSEE and the LGBTQ+ rights group ICS Center are calling for legislation to allow same-sex marriage in the country.


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