Binz - a recording artist based in Ho Chi Minh City - has released the music video for his single, Don't Break My Heart.
A collaboration with Touliver, the track is a synth-pop dream, and celebrates love and desire in all its forms.
The music video - directed by Kien Ung - is set in a dystopian cyberpunk world. Music connects people and encourages them to express what's in their hearts.
"We all share a big love for the 80s synth sounds and this is the right time to introduce our audiences to this shade of music..." explains Binz. "Touliver himself implemented electronic sound while using synths to bring audiences back to the 90s - the time when electronic pop dominated the planet."
What's life like for LGBTQ people in Vietnam?
What's life like for LGBTQ people in Vietnam? Let's take a look at some of the key equality indicators.
Is it legal to be gay?
Same-sex sexual activity has never been addressed in Vietnam’s criminal code.
Is there anti-discrimination legislation in place?
There was an important step forward in 2006 when the government enacted legislation that gave anti-discrimination protection to people living HIV or AIDS.
Is there marriage equality?
There has been some progress on this front in recent years. The country’s constitution used to define marriage as being between a man and a woman, however in 2013 that provision was repealed. In 2015, legislation came into effect that same-sex marriages could be performed, however no legal recognition or protection would follow. These appear to be important stepping stones to full legal recognition of same-sex relationships and marriage equality.
What’s it like for LGBTQ people who live there?
Same-sex relations are generally considered taboo within Vietnamese society, awareness and acceptance has been improving in recent years.
Vietnam’s first gay pride event was held in Hanoi in 2012.Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City both have gay scenes, but gay venues still keep a low profile.Most gay Vietnamese have to conceal their sexuality from their families and friends and a lot of stigma remains.
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