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Being gay is not a disease, Vietnam tells health workers

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Pose of a couple taking pictures in front of Vietnam In Hanoi, Vietnam, a file photo on September 24, 2017 will promote LGBTQ rights during the annual Pride Festival. Hau Dinh / AP

Hanoi— Vietnam has called on healthcare professionals to be gay I told my doctor that I wasn't ill. End discrimination against the LGBTQ community. Campaign participants told AFP on Tuesday that the statement was a major step forward in LGBTQ rights in Southeast Asian countries where gay, bisexual and transgender people have long felt marginalized.

In an official document released last week, the Ministry of Health said that "homosexuality cannot be" cured "," does not need to be cured ", and cannot be changed."

Healthcare professionals were asked to "respect" gender and sexual orientation after receiving reports from doctors claiming that they could treat sexual minorities.

"Don't consider homosexuality, bisexuality, or transgender illness," he said.

Vietnam is considered to be relatively progressive on LGBTQ issues compared to some other Asian countries, False information about sexual orientation and gender identity is widespread.

Nguyen Ti Kim Dung, an officer of Vietnam's Community Development Initiative Support Center, said that some LGBTQ youths were taken to doctors by their parents to "cure" them. ".

She added that many faced discriminatory questions when attending regular appointments and postponed medical examinations.

However, this "officially acknowledges that LGBT people have the right to go to health care and the right to be treated equally," she said.

Vietnam lifted the ban onsame-sex marriagein 2015, but for a long time with full legal approval and permission for these unions. It didn't reach the promised law. The legal gender change has not yet been realized.

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