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Participants pose for a group photo at the “Touch the Sound” exhibition in HCMC in late July. A similar exhibition will be held at the Goethe-Institut in Hanoi from September 18 to 20 - Photo: Courtesy of NextGEN

The “Touch the Sound” exhibition is part of “Fill in the Blank”, a pioneering project dedicated to raising awareness about the deaf and hearing-impaired sexual minorities who are too often marginalized in the society.

It aims to help the public understand and sympathize with the struggles of the deaf and hard-of-hearing LGBT+ community, thereby organizing more meaningful social activities to further support this group.


The “Touch the Sound” exhibition also includes interactive sessions that take visitors on a journey away from the world of sounds to come closer to the world of hearing impaired LGBT+ people.

The exhibition will be followed by an open discussion between deaf LGBT+ people and non-deaf LGBT+ people on September 20, starting at 6:30 p.m. By sharing experiences and ideas, the “Fill in the Blank” discussion is expected to create a platform where collaborative initiatives between these two groups are born and moved forward into action and where no one is left behind.

The project is implemented by NextGEN Hanoi and funded by the Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment, Irish Aid, and the Center for Sustainable Development Studies. The venue is sponsored by the Goethe-Institut. SGT