'I thought I was the only one': the misrecognition of LGBT youth in contemporary Vietnam.

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While recent LGBT rights demonstrations and discussions about same-sex marriage have thrust the issue of homosexuality into the spotlight, it was not long ago that the issue of homosexuality was notable by its absence in Vietnam. Drawing on semi-structured interviews with young gay, lesbian and bisexual people in Vietnam's capital city Hanoi, this paper considers the increasing visibility of homosexuality through the theoretical lens of recognition, and illustrates the heterosexist misrecognition that LGBT young people have been subjected to in legislation, the media, their families, and through the education system. Drawing on the narratives of LGBT young people, the paper highlights the potentially negative impact such misrecognition may have on psychological and social wellbeing.


  • Paul Horton
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  • Gender Studies
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)960-973
JournalCulture, Health and Sexuality
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Publication categoryResearch