There are an estimated 480,000 transgender people in Vietnam
On August 24, the United Nations Agency for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and human rights organization It’s T Time co-hosted the Afternoon Tea with Transgender Dialogue in Hanoi. On this occasion, transgender people and their families share their day-to-day life experiences and struggles and give priority recommendations from an insider's perspective to contribute to the Transgenders in Vietnam Bill.
On November 21, 2015, the National Assembly adopted the Civil Code (as amended) recognizing the right to change gender. However, due to the lack of a specific legal framework for gender reassignment, transgender people in Vietnam still travel abroad or go to illegal medical facilities in Vietnam for medical interventions, resulting in multiple health consequences for transgender people.
At the end of June, the Ministry of Health informed the government that it had filed an application for drafting a law on transgender people. If drafted and passed, the Transgender Law will allow transgender men and women to legally change their gender in Vietnam.
There are about 480,000 transgender people in Vietnam, according to the Ministry of Health. A transgender is a person whose gender identity is different from their sex at birth. A transgender person can be defined as a man, a woman, a transgender man, a transgender woman, a person of gender diversity or gender non-dualism, or in other terms.