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Gay Vietnamese-American coalition to fight exclusion from Orange County’s Tet Parade



A float from the 2010 Vietnamese Tet Parade in Orange County.
A float from the 2010 Vietnamese Tet Parade in Orange County.
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A gay Vietnamese-American coalition is fighting efforts to bar it from this weekend’s annual Tet Parade in Orange County.

The Partnership of Viet Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Organizations has marched in past parades despite objections from religious groups.

The event was previously sponsored by the city of Westminster, but this year it is being run by a community federation, which fears other participants will pull out of Sunday’s parade in Westminster’s Little Saigon.

Spokesman Neil Nguyen tells the Orange County Register that the federation “regretfully” can’t allow the coalition to participate.

An attorney for the coalition, Luan Tran, says he’ll seek a court injunction to force organizers to let the group take part.