According to Wikipedia:
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) persons in Vietnam may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is legal and has believed to never have been criminalized in Vietnamese history. However, same-sex couples and households headed by same-sex couples are ineligible for the legal protections available to opposite-sex couples. Although homosexuality is generally considered a taboo because of the Vietnamese tradition, awareness surrounding LGBT rights have risen during the 21st century. The minister of justice Ha Hung Cuong announced in 2012 that the government has began a consultation on whether to legalize same-sex marriage in Vietnam, saying that “in order to protect individual freedoms, same-sex marriage should be allowed.” The Ministry of Justice has submitted a bill that repeals the ban against same-sex marriage in the Marriage and Family Law in 2013. The National Assembly is due to debate the bill in October. If the bill is approved, Vietnam would become the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage. Although recent polls indicate that a majority of Vietnamese are against same-sex marriage, Vietnam’s first gay pride parade peacefully took place in Hanoi on August 5, 2012.
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Asia is not necessarily known as gay friendly, although certainly in Cambodia and Thailand (where I have spent time) there are comfortable underground gay scenes. Still, I was surprised to have happened upon a film in Vietnamese. The short movie is beautiful and poignant and utterly devastating. It leaves so many questions of “Why?”
Ultimately, however, the “why is he dead?” question can only be answered because it was in his death that the subject was possible to talk about. In the unexplained death lies the reason for discussing taboo love. And, I would hope, taking us one step closer to addressing the concerns of the LGBT community in life. Maybe? Or am I reading too much into it? Thoughts?