On Saturday, February 1, the city of Westminster will hold the annual Tet Parade to celebrate the Lunar New Year, and unlike last year, Viet Rainbow of Orange County (VROC) will be marching. Late last year, VROC was told that they would not be allowed to participate in the parade for being gay. Through continued advocacy, they have been allowed to participate.
While VROC is celebrating their inclusion in the Tet Parade in Little Saigon, the struggle is not over. While the vote for inclusion was encouraging, the parade organizers have developed a vaguely worded code of conduct that could be applied unfairly.
VROC has made it clear that they will be marching in the parade. They also expect equal treatment during the Tet Parade. They are keeping an eye out to ensure that enforcement of the code of conduct is applied equally to all organizations and individuals.
From the beginning, our purpose for marching is to represent our Vietnamese American and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) identities. Together we have seen a tide-change in the Vietnamese American community of Southern California that has far reaching effects for the Vietnamese populations living throughout the United States and the world.
- From a statement from VROC
If you are in the Orange County area, you can come to watch and cheer on VROC while they march in the parade. The parade is at 8:00 AM. To join the support, right side of the stage, at the corner of Bolsa Ave. and Moran St. or directly across the stage. Please wear rainbows or purple to create a fabulous site!