Jayne Ozanne is currently in Hanoi attending the ASEAN Pride Music Festival 2015 at the invitation of the US Embassy. The following is the event press release.
U.S. Embassy Hanoi and CAMA Vietnam to Host ASEAN Pride Music Festival 2015 with focus on Family
Hanoi, May 22, 2015 – The United States Embassy in Hanoi and CAMA Vietnam are proud to announce the second annual ASEAN Pride music festival. Celebrating family will top the agenda at this year’s festival – as artists from the United States, Vietnam, and around the region take to the stage at the American Club, 19-20 Hai Ba Trung Street in Hanoi to raise awareness about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues.
ASEAN Pride 2015: Celebrating Family builds on last year’s Pride Festival which Celebrated Diversity. ASEAN Pride 2015 will take place June 20 from 1:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
As President Obama recently stated, “We take this opportunity to reaffirm that LGBT rights are human rights, to celebrate the dignity of every person, and to underscore that all people deserve to live free from fear, violence, and discrimination, regardless of who they are or whom they love…. Overseas, I am proud of the steps that the United States has taken to prioritize the protection and promotion of LGBT rights in our diplomacy and global outreach…. There is much more to do… and we will keep working, at home and abroad … until we are all able to live free and equal in dignity and rights.”
2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the normalization of relations between the United States and Vietnam. As Secretary Kerry stated, “No two countries have worked harder, done more, and done better to try to bring themselves together and … change the future.” Embassy Hanoi will help commemorate the 20th anniversary by headlining ASEAN Pride 2015 with U.S. indie rock band Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, alongside Vietnam’s own transgender pop sensation Huong Giang Idol, Malaysia’s O.J. Law, Thai girl rockers Yellow Fang, Ho Chi Minh’s COCC, To Lam and his high-heel dance troupe, DJ Lotus Disco, and more.
With community booths, arts and crafts, plenty of food and drink, and a special tent geared to President Obama’s Young South East Asian Leaders Initiative, ASEAN Pride 2015 will showcase the quality and diversity of American and South East Asian musicians, create a safe space to celebrate the vibrancy of the LGBT community in Vietnam and the region, and CELEBRATE FAMILY.
Over 4,000 people joined the first ASEAN Pride in 2014. This year’s event is shaping up to be even bigger and better.