KT (TheGlamVN) – The “If Not Now, When?” Project Exhibition and Talkshow took place on March 22nd, 2017 at Hanoi University, with the purpose of propagandizing about eliminating LGBTQ+ community discrimination.
With the consent of NextGEN Hanoi, Project author Nguyễn Bằng Giang, TheGlamVN would like to introduce project “If Not Now, When?”.
“If Not Now, When?” is a project created by NextGEN Hanoi to generate a space of art describing what LGBTQ+ pupils/students have been experienced in the school environment and calling for protection of their rights.
The American Declaration of Independence states that
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
However, are people in LGBTQ+ community receiving the respect that they deserve to have, the rights that they deserve to endow?
It is not uncommon that nowadays, school bullying tends to increase rapidly. It’s not just about saying, fighting anymore, but also teasing and mocking someone who is or looks different, even “labeling” schoolmates “gay” “fat” “ugly” etc.
Unconsciously, all those discriminations, unrespectful behaviours towards the diversity in school have made many students fell into mental breakdowns. This is where the project began.
The real message conveying by the photos has been shared by Project author Nguyễn Bằng Giang on the talk show, that ” “If Not Now, When?” was just a picture of all kinds of school bullying. Based on actual events, I hope that when looking at them, you and I will have a chance of questioning yourself and learning how to respect the diversity inside everyone. (…) No matter who you are, LGBT or not, you deserve to be proud of yourself.”
This event captivated many young people come to participate in. Apart from photos, they also get more informative documentaries relating to LGBTQ+. Within some hours enjoying the exhibition, they will get an opportunity to write down the labels or saying that friends usually label them, as a way to share and destress themselves.
The project of “If Not Now, When?” will also be held at Hanoi University of Education (with the cooperation of Dance4life Club) on April 26th, 2017, and at Quỳnh Lưu II Highschool, Nghe An (with the cooperation of Nguyễn Hà Vy and NextGEN Nghe An) on May 8th, 2017.
Special thanks to Project Author Nguyễn Bằng Giang, wish you all the best.