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Vietnamese LGBT groups in Orange County fear exclusion from Tet parade

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The Los Angeles Times
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February 1, 2013

A coalition of Vietnamese gay and lesbian groups is concerned it won’t be able to participate in the nation’s only Tet parade, held each year on the Lunar New Year in bustling Little Saigon. The colorful procession, scheduled for Feb. 10, draws about 10,000 people and dates back nearly three decades. It typically attracts political leaders and civic leaders in Orange County's Vietnamese community. For three years, LGBT groups have marched in the parade, but this year parade organizers said they first wanted to meet with the group. But no time or place for the meeting has been set. In past years, the parade has been financially supported by Westminster, but due to a $10-million budget shortfall, the city dropped out as a sponsor this year. The Vietnamese American Federation of Southern California helped raise $60,000 in a few weeks to keep the parade going. On Monday, the Partnership of Viet Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Organizations submitted an application and paid a fee of $100 to parade organizers, said Pierre Tran, of the Gay Vietnamese Alliance.