A very positive and heartwarming article. I am happy that Vietnam is opening its mind and slowly but surely embracing it's gay and lesbian citizens. Granted the traditional family structure remains an obstacle course with homosexuality being considered bad luck from nature upon the family structure. However having a gay US Ambassador with his husband and kids serving in Hanoi could have a tremendous, positive effect on the gay and lesbian rights movement in Vietnam.
In other parts of Southeast Asia including Thailand, the push for gay rights has stalled. Countries such as Brunei and Malaysia can punish those who engage in gay behavior under Sharia law, Robertson said.
Nice to have the positive news on a gay power couple (that hardly sounds lame at all) but isn't "why" still part of the "who what when where and why" of journalism?
Outside the whitewashed Sharia reference--"Sharia law" it said, as if Sharia was what we think of as law and not lawlessness--that vanilla puff piece on the land of dumplings failed to note the underlying characteristics in the area's differing treatment of gay rights, that Thailand and Vietnam are Buddhist countries while Brunei and Malaysia are Muslim countries and not just Muslim but Islamic states which apply scummy Sharia shit as opposed to a more sane country like Turkey which practices a secular system of law even while consisting of a Muslim majority population.
Even while Buddhism is more tolerant, I'd imagine their religion is why the Vietnamese are not easy to accept gay family members. There they adhere to the Mahayana school of Buddhism and the leader of that is the Dalai Lama who has said that it's okay to be gay as long as you are not Buddhist. So he can go fuck himself for that. Many gays give him a pass because he okays marriage for gays and I love a lot what he does in other areas, but fact is that on the humanitarian front with regard to Buddhism itself, which has no original text from The Buddha himself dehumanizing us, he's just another lovely guy who's fucked us.
He just turned 80 and he could still help fix this. He could regain integrity that he's declared Buddhism must change if the science proves otherwise and he can reduce suffering for our gay brethren in Vietnam. Before his death he should encourage their families, this Sangha to embrace us as a valid expression of human sexuality and not as an example of sexual misconduct.
robbaker saidSo will both the husband and the ambassador will be having fun fucking them 20 something year old subboys? if so i hope their son isn't around and is with the babysitter or with biological mom