A protest, meeting mark request from gay Vietnamese Americans in California
Holding signs that proclaimed "Gay rights are human rights," a group of gay Vietnamese Americans and their supporters demonstrated Monday afternoon in hopes that they will be allowed to participate in this weekend's Tet parade in Little Saigon. Meanwhile, organizers of Sunday's parade held an emergency meeting Monday night to discuss what to do. "We have to weigh the interests of the community with the interests of the group," said Ha Son Tran, vice president of the Vietnamese American Federation of Southern California that is helping to put on the parade. "We respect their choice, but we want to promote our Vietnamese traditions." Natalie Newton, who organized the demonstration, said members of the Partnership of Viet Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Organizations and their attorneys met with leaders of the committee organizing the parade for about an hour and a half earlier in the day. Organizers suggested to the LGBT representatives that they host their own parade on the same day but not be a part of the greater event, which annually draws about 10,000 people.