Vietnamese trans people call for legal gender recognition

By Minh Hung, Thanh Nien News

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ICS, a Ho Chi Minh City-based network for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) people on Sunday launches the “My Body – My Rights” campaign to promote rights for the transgender community in Vietnam.
Supported by the France Coopération Internationale's Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Support Fund, the campaign aims to equip transgender people with practical knowledge and skills which enable and empower them to solve challenges faced by their community and engage effectively and meaningfully in the advocacy process.
At the launching ceremony, Jessica shares her experience as a transgender woman to overcome difficulties and discrimination.
Two transgender people perform the short play "Miss Transgender", in which the performer (L) shares her wishes of "having a family and raising a baby just like any woman on earth."
A team in the project introduces their plan on tackling discrimination in families.
The campaign, to be carried out for more than a year, also aims at reducing discrimination against transgender people at school.
Another challenge for the transgender community is from society, including discrimination in social activities, at the work place and public services.
Le Thi My Hien (L), a lecturer at the Ho Chi Minh City Open University, says she has been working to reduce misperceptions against LGBT people. 
Huynh Minh Thao of ICS (R) poses for a picture with a transgender woman holding slogans that call for no discrimination.

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