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Groups support gay coalition seeking to march in Tet Parade

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The Orange County Register
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February 7, 2013

Leaders of a coalition representing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people which has not been accepted to participate in this Sunday's Tet Parade has garnered new supporters, including the ACLU and the Garden Grove Unified School District. On Tuesday night, district trustees agreed to pull out of the Tet Parade unless organizers decide by noon Friday to let in the Partnership of Viet Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Organizations. The district had planned on sending a school bus with its school board members and some students to participate in the parade, set for 9 a.m. Sunday in Little Saigon. "It's about hate. And we haven't said it ... but that's what it comes down to," said trustee Bao Nguyen, who pulled the item from the agenda and encouraged his colleagues to not send a yellow school bus to the parade. The board did not vote on the issue but withdrew the item from its agenda, in effect not approving a district bus and bus driver to participate. The exclusion of the LGBT group has been the topic of numerous Vietnamese media programs, as the group gains support from local and national organizations.