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Stronger Together Forum 2022
at a Glance

Vietnam LGBTIQ+ National Summit: Stronger Together is an annual event to celebrate the visibility of LGBTIQ+ identities (e.g., gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, …) in Vietnam. The first Summit was organized in 2019 by Lighthouse Social Enterprise and many partners. Lighthouse has provided hard work for the benefits of the LGBTIQ+ community in the past 15 years and aimed to:

  • Promote connections, learning and collaboration among LGBTIQ+-focused organizations, sponsors, governmental agencies and parties in the private sector. Secure inter-party commitment to LGBTIQ+ affairs in Vietnam.
  • Identify issues, solutions, and action plans related to a better future with wellness, equality, and sustainability for the LGBTIQ+ community in Vietnam.
  • Amplify the voices in the LGBTIQ+ community in Vietnam in discussions on Rights, Equality, Equity, and Overall Well-being.

Vietnam LGBTIQ National Summit 2022
Stronger Together Forum

Our theme for Forum 2022 – ‘Inclusion = Solution’ – will open crucial discussions for the LGBTIQ+ community, their families, friends, and allies, business partners, and supportive agencies across Vietnam. Summit 2022 will be held from November 20th to 22nd in Hanoi. This event will accommodate safe, inclusive, and innovative space for discussions on three key topics corresponding with three days of conference:

  • DAY 1: Rights, Equity, and Advocacy.
  • DAY 2: Holistic Health and Well-being.
  • DAY 3: Sustainable Development for LGBTIQ+ Organizations and Movement.



09:45 – 10:45

Session:Inclusion = Solution – Moving forward using data from the 2022 LGBTI Inclusion Index pilot in Vietnam.

11:00 – 12:30

Session: #Artivism – How to popularize LGBTI activism via art and culture.

Session: #TogetherWePFLAG: Increasing the role of PFLAG in the advocacy of LGBTI children rights.

Session: ‘It’s all about Intersectionality’: Amplifying the voices of LGBTIQ people with intersectional identities in LGBTIQ movement.

13:30 – 15:00

Workshop: LGBTI advocacy campaign 101: Design & Implementation.

Workshop: LGBTI public awareness raising 101: Design & Implementation.

Workshop: ‘Safety = Priority’: Strengthening personal & organizational security for stakeholders in the LGBTI movement.

15:30 – 16:45

Session: #RainbowSynergy – Striving towards an inclusive & collaborative LGBTIQ advocacy movement.


09:45 – 10:45

Session: #Health4All: Ensuring inclusive and holistic healthcare for LGBTI community.

11:00 – 12:30

Session: Updates from AIDS 2022 Conference and statement for WAD 2022 to end AIDS among LGBTI.

Workshop: #TRANSformHEALTH: Innovating gender-affirming healthcare based on the needs of gender-diverse community.

Workshop: #InclusiveSexEd: Making Sex Education Inclusive in Various Sectors.

13:30 – 15:00

Workshop: Community-led monitoringapproach to data collection and data utilization 101.

Session: #OurHealthNow –Addressing underrepresented health needs via efforts towards Sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) and Sexual orientation and gender-based violence (SGBV).

Session: #TechUpHealth: Applying technology in effective health messaging for LGBTIQ community.

15:30 – 16:45

Session: ‘Inclusive + Accessible + Affirmative = Holistic’:The IT formula to mental health services for LGBTIQ community.

17:00 – 17:30

Identifying 4 regional working groups for 2023 (North, Centre, South and Mekong Delta).


09:15 – 10:15

Session: #SustainLGBTI: Sustainable development as a priority for LGBTIQ organizations.

10:45 – 12:45

Workshop: Community project management 101.

Workshop: #CBOHereWeGo: Practical skills for start-up LGBTI organizations.

Workshop: ‘Make fundraising fun!’: Practical skills for community-based fundraising.

13:45 – 14:15

Community statements.

Introduce 4 regional working groups for Summit 2023.

14:15 – 15:15

Topic: Collaboration across Domains for the Inclusion of the LGBTIQ community: Open dialogue.

15:15 – 16:00

Showcase & Networking.

Summit Evaluation.

16:00 – 16:45


Outstanding Rainbow Ally Awards.

16:45 – 17:00

Closing speech.



Summit 2020 lends an effective and meaningful platform to facilitate communications among specialists, key leaders, influencers, activists, and allies and help identify collective priorities for the future

Positive changes will only spring from a solid foundation of unity and collectivism. And they begin with each of us. Let’s give ourselves love, live optimistically, and inspire others to speak up and act for a Just and Well future of the LGBTIQ+ community. I am proud to be an ally and ambassador of Vietnam LGBTIQ+ National Summit 2021. I aim to promote diversity, respect, and compassion for LGBTIQ+ people in our society

It takes more than one to succeed. Therefore, let’s do this together! Summit 2020 was my first experience attending Vietnam LGBTIQ+ National Summit. I got to network with many individuals. And I had the opportunity to learn about many stories that moved and made me proud. Reflecting upon such stories, I have felt more and more motivated to continue my activism for our community. Stronger Together Summit is not just a conference but it is a congregation of families. All of us as family members accompany and protect one another and make sure that no one is left behind. And we together head to a better future.

This is my first time attending such a grand-scale LGBTIQ+ conference. I just have to commend the conference committee for their enthusiasm and professionalism. Summit 2020 makes me proud because Vietnam has abundant LGBTIQ+ activism human resources. Everyone adds their persona to the movement. More importantly, I have gained much more knowledge, networked with many individuals, and expressed my thoughts. Summit 2020 has helped me better understand myself and expand my acceptance of more diverse identities. I would like to highlight every participant’s strong mission to drive Vietnam toward a better future for the LGBTIQ+ community

Summit provided me, a young activist, an opportunity to talk about the activities and missions of the GLG network with other LGBTIQ+ community members across the country. Engaging sessions with a variety of themes and diverse LGBTIQ+ visibility brought unity, familiarity, and collectivism to every single one of us. I would like to thank Stronger Together Summit for congregating many parties in our community and delivering such a meaningful and diverse conference. We only have one chance to live. Therefore, let’s live, try our best, step out of our comfort zone, and achieve the meaningful life of our dreams!

For me, Stronger Together Summit 2020 was: A tremendous push for the movement for rights and equal rights of LGBTIQ+ people. It is safe to say that 2020 was a year for all of us to critically reflect upon past events, COVID-19 related impacts on the development of our community then strategize adaptive responses if appropriate. A warm and loving family that allowed us, different parties from various cities and provinces, to find each other and feel overwhelmed with much safety and support from allies. A vast information hub that helped us gain knowledge on how to take care of our own health as well as protect others A ray of hope that motivated us to believe in our objectives and more importantly to amplify the voices in our community in discussions with governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations across Vietnam.

When I first attended Stronger Together Summit I was surprised yet pleased by the dedication and professionalism the LGBTIQ+ community brought. I was moved by everyone’s endless dedication to activism and extension of unity and inclusion for other marginalized groups. This year, I hope Summit can include more themes on how to overcome COVID-19-related challenges, both physically and psychologically. I have encountered many individuals who were devastated by job loss and their family struggle

Stronger Together Summit 2020 fuels continuous efforts for those on the journey of activism for equality for our community. The conference lends the platform for problem solving, extended success, and resilience-based collaboration. In the near future, such activities can bring a more democratic, just, and civil society closer to the LGBTIQ+ community in Vietnam

Participating in this year’s summit as a first-time speaker, not only was I amazed by the professionalism in all parts of the conference’s organization but I was also moved by the much dedication of many individuals that may have not been of notice. The conference comprehensively included all affairs particular to the LGBTIQ+ community. What is special about Summit 2020 was that it emphasized and particularly concerned mental health issues

If anyone could have said that the LGBTIQ+ community ‘achieved equality’ then when coming to Summit 2020 every participant became aware of greater needs to striver further in our activism for the rights of LGBTIQ+ individuals in Vietnam. Until then, we truly achive our equality and not anyone else’s

Summit 2020 was truly a special and meaningful event. It was an opportunity for my organization and others to identify new strategies for future LGBTIQ+ movement activities in Vietnam in general and various provinces in particular. For me, I gained much knowledge from Summit 2020 as well as got to network with many important organizations that would have significant contributions to my organization’s future development


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About Lighthouse Social Enterprise

Lighthouse Social Enterprise is proudly the founder and primary organizer of Vietnam LGBTIQ+ National Summit – Stronger Together. Since 2004, Lighthouse has been led by the mission to advocate for Rights, Equalty, Wellness, and Sustainable Development of the LGBTIQ+ community in Vietnam.

Our advocacy takes the form of empowerment and capacity building to enable the community to speak up and advocate for their rights. We operate on evidence and provide health-related services in order to enhance holistic health for the community. Also, we promote an inclusive, united, and growing environment to ensure that no one is left behind.

Our vision is to live in a humane Vietnam where all barriers are removed and all LGBTIQ+ individuals can be authentically themselves, enjoy greater quality of life, wellness, and equality, and ultimately make great contributions to the society.