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posted 01 March 2006 04:15 AM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
(Hanoi) It only has 25 members, but Hanoi's Hai Dang is making an important statement in a country where gays and lesbians hide in the shadows.

Viet Nam with its tightly controlled society shuns sexual minorities and most gays fear reprisals from family and non-gay friends. Although there are some clubs in the capital that cater to a gay clientele they are few and far between and often operate illegally.

Hai Dang, which translates into Light House, hopes to change perceptions - both in Vietnamese society in general and among gays. 

Funded in large part by the Center for HIV/AIDS and Family Health International one of the new organizations biggest tasks will be AIDS education.

Group members frequently go to gay clubs to distribute information on HIV/AIDS and to promote safe-sex. But, one thing it is not doing is advocating civil rights laws something that could get it closed down by

the Communist government.


[Director Pham Thi] Nga said he hopes that it would help give gay Vietnamese a greater sense

of community.

He also said that he hopes to open a Hai Dang in Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon, and in other Vietnamese cities.

Wonderful! Good on' em!!! I wish them all kinds of good luck!

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