Take part in one-day journey in Pridebus throughout Ho Chi Minh City

In order to assure the safety for all of the participants in the context that COVID-19 still has complicated developments, as well as to maintain the Pride spirit of the annual VietPride; the organizer team of VietPride Saigon 2020 decided to launch the PrideBus - Ride With Pride, to spread the pride spirit and connect the community throughout the city.
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Take part in one day journey in Pride bus throughout Ho Chi Minh City
It is more than just a city car ride which picks you up and drops you off. This PrideBus is an energetic "companion" who spreads pride, asserts our presence as well as our hope and dreams.

VietPride is the biggest proud event of the year for the LGBTI+ community in Vietnam. VietPride has been started since 2012 with the mission of honouring diversity, spreading pride, affirming the values of love, thereby encouraging the community to live up to ourselves and promote the harmony society.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has caused more than 200 Pride events around the world to be postponed or cancelled, VietPride Ho Chi Minh City 2020 will continue to be held in a completely new way.

One the famous quotes of Ho Chi Minh President has become VietPride's leading spirit of this year: "NO MATTER WHAT". VietPride in Ho Chi Minh City is not only spread positive messages about LGBTI+ people but also encourage optimism, solidarity and belief that, with determination, the community will overcome all difficulties, whether pandemic or prejudice or stigma in society.

VietPride 2020 is held from September 1. After more than a month of the event, participants went through many levels of emotions: from deeply touched with the project "Dear My Ally" – sending special thanks to friends and families; being positive about the future with the project "VietPrideWishlist Challenge" – where the LGBTI+ community write down their wishes for the future; feeling full the energy with the virtual run project VietPride Virtual Run "Light up the Pride".

More than that, the VietPride month in Ho Chi Minh City 2020 is also filled with public awareness events with diverse topics such as Finding A, Vu Lan festival – let's meet and talk about filial piety, Talkshow "Homecoming", Breakfast Chat, Film screening "Chen nuoc trong"; there are also bonding activities in Pride event such as series of parties GenderFunk x VietPride 2020, TABOO VIETNAM Grand Opening Party).

Take part in one day journey in Pride bus throughout Ho Chi Minh City
Angiang Pride - An Giang Shine 2020 with the theme “Bloom".

The journey is coming to an end and creating a perfect closure for a very "different" VietPride festival 2020, and the organizer team invites you to join a special ride called "PrideBus" that departs at 09:00 on October 24, and ends at 19:00 on the same day.

Pride Bus will take you through four stops, and each station carries many stories about LGBTI+ community, about the life they are living in.

On this journey, they will look back at the activities in VietPride month, listen to the stories of the LGBTI+ people during the COVID-19 pandemic, and a special plan to bring Marriage Equality to Vietnam.

And the most special thing is, the PrideBus will ride the pride and support of LGBTI+ community in Ho Chi Minh City toward The LGBT community and Ally in Hue. All of the money from PrideBus activity will be sent to LGBTI+ community in Hue to help them recover after the storm.

With the diverse values that VietPride has always aimed for over the years, the organizer team hopes that through these events, especially PrideBus, VietPride Ho Chi Minh City 2020 "No matter what" will continue to reinforce the spirit of pride and determination to fight for your own love, for a happier and fairer future./.

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