Please note that this seminar has been cancelled due to covid-19.

Please rsvp to henrik.berglund@statsvet.su.se no later than 23 March.

The struggle for LGBT-rights has, in recent years, produced a number of legal changes for the community in Vietnam. In 2015, the country enacted a law guaranteeing basic rights for transgender people, making it one of Asia’s most progressive countries. However, the law has not yet been enforced leaving many people without access to both medical help and the possibility to change their legal gender. Various groups now campaign for transgender rights demanding further recognition and a speedy enforcement of the law. What changes are demanded and expected through this campaign? How is the support mobilized and what forces are working against these demands?

During the last decade, increasing attention has been given to the experiences of transgender people all over the world, often within the context of LGBT-rights, but also with a more general human rights perspective. This is the first in a series of four seminars with focus on the cultural, political and social context of transgender communities in several countries in Asia, aiming to present and understand the complex realities and challenges in having and expressing a transgender identity.

Nguyễn Thiện Trí Phong is an Admin Officer at ICS (Information, Connecting, and Sharing) Center, Ho-Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The ICS is a group working for the empowering of the LGBTI+ communities.

The seminar is co-organized by the Forum for Asian Studies, Stockholm University, and RFSL, the Swedish Federation for LGBTQI Rights.