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Vietnam's government sees profit in promoting tolerance

Dannie, 25, left, and Matt, 20, chat at No Stress Cafe, an LGBT-friendly cafe located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. ( Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

HANOI   As one of the world's few remaining single-party dictatorships, Vietnam might not immediately spring to mind as a bastion of tolerance when it comes to LGBT rights. But after becoming the first Asian country to abolish a ban on same-sex marriage and with further legislation planned safeguarding the rights of transgender citizens, perceptions of the Southeast Asian socialist state are changing. 

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