Young LGBT community reaches out in Hanoi exhibition

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A multimedia, visual exhibition on sexuality and love among young people of different backgrounds and sexes is open until June 14 at Hanoi's Exhibition House.


Titled "Voice Out," the exhibition, which opened Friday, includes photographs, videos and several objects that tells true stories of the participants, who are workers, students, HIV-infected people as well as people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.


"I am 15 years old. I am growing. I am curious about my body's development, psychological, physiological and others. However, nobody talks to me [about it]. I look for information on the internet and feel as if I am lost in it. I have right to know these things but I need someone to show me what and where to find them," says a photo caption displayed at the exhibition.


The Tien Phong newspaper Friday quoted Hai Yen, a member of the Information Connecting and Sharing group, an organization supporting the rights of LGBT in Viet Nam, as saying each object displayed, whether it is a toothbrush, glass vase or woolen scarf, has a touching story and message.


They ask people, including friends, families and teachers to eliminate prejudice against sexual orientation, he said.


They also voice out desires to be loved, to marry and have children, and right to pursue and enjoy happiness.


At the entrance, visitors are given six rainbow- colored papers by the organizer, the Sexual Rights Alliance, to write down their thoughts and encouragement towards the community.


The Exhibition House is located on 45 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.


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