Snapshots: Taking action for LGBT Vietnamese-Americans, advocating for homeless youth, and speaking out for ENDA

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GLAAD is supporting Viet Rainbow of Orange County, which is once again being blocked from participating in the Tet Parade, Orange County's annual Lunar New Year celebration, scheduled in February. GLAAD is alerting Los Angeles-based media about the LGBT Vietnamese-American group's struggle to be included in the cultural celebration. GLAAD is also supporting Viet Rainbow's Change.org petition, where more than 2,300 people called on the Tet Parade to include LGBT Vietnamese people. Take action at: http://www.glaad.org/tetparade

GLAAD hosted LGBT youth and homelessness advocates, coordinated by the Ali Forney Center and the National Coalition for the Homeless to discuss greater and more coordinated advocacy for LGBT youth homelessness. The group looked at the lack of housing and social services across the country for LGBT youth who have run away or been kicked out of their homes. They also talked about strategies and potential roadblocks to advocating for nation-wide comprehensive youth homeless services that are inclusive of LGBT youth.

GLAAD's Director of Spanish-Language Media Monica Trasandes recently spoke at a congressional field hearing on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), along with Los Angeles advocate Bamby Salcedo and Washington DC advocate Tico Almeida founder and president of Freedom to Work. The hearing, held by Representative Linda Chavez, came on the heels of a new report by the Center for American Progress and the Movement Advancement Project, "Broken Bargain for LGBT Workers of Color," which details how LGBT workers of color are often among the least paid and worst treated employees in the nation. Monica and Bamby were interviewed by several media outlets including Univision's national news program. Watch the segment here.

GLAAD's Spanish-Language Media team was honored to recently be profiled in La Opinion, the nation's most read Spanish-language newspaper. Check out the story, in Spanish, here.

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