4178628-3x2-940x627Vietnam: Partners in same-sex relationships in Vietnam say they need to be stronger and better prepared for a family than anyone as they receive support and guidance from almost no one.

An online survey by the Hanoi-based Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment (iSEE) found that 50.2 percent of those who have come out to their parents received objection against their relationship, 31.2 percent said their parents ignored it and only 18.6 percent received their parents’ support, reports thanhniennews.com.

The survey was posted on the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community forums and news websites, and received 2,483 respondents, in which 800 men and 461 women were having same-sex romantic relationships.

Fifty four respondents said they got married to heterosexual people as  they were forced by their families but more than half of them had divorced as they were unhappy and their partners did not accept their sexual orientation.

Most of the surveyed said their relationship was challenged by the disapproval of their family, disregard from the public and the laws.

They said any relationship has its conflicts and then they don’t have advice or supports from their friends or family.

With no marriage certificates and children to bind them, the broke-up chance of same-sex couples is higher, they said.

Huynh Minh Thao, 31, an admin of taoxanh.net (green apple) which is a social network for gay men in Vietnam, said those boundaries will cause one to consider more before deciding to let go.

Another iSEE survey interviewed 854 people of between 18 and 64 years of age from Hanoi, the nearby Ha Nam Province, Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta province of An Giang.

It showed that the society still was heavily prejudiced against the LGBT, in the way the respondents identify an LGBT or explain the cause of their orientation, reports thanhniennews.com.

Although the respondents said they respect the personal choices of LGBT people, they did not support same-sex marriage as it would threaten the traditional marriage system, failing to form a proper family.

Vietnamese legislators said the country is being progressive with gay marriage although the proposed Family and Marriage Law has not officially recognized the marriage for it has lifted fines on it.

Vietnam scrapped fines against same-sex marriage under a decree taking effect last November as local LGBT communities and activists are pushing forwards to legalizing the issue.

Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is legal and is believed to never have been criminalized in Vietnamese history.

Source: thanhniennews.com

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