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LA Times: Vietnamese American LGBTs train for fight with Tet Festival

Gay Rainbow flagMembers of the Vietnamese American LGBT community are training for militant action to push back against a ban on gays in Orange County’s Tet Parade, reports the Los Angeles Times.

This would be the second year in a row a ban on gay participation in the parade would be in place since control of the Festival was turned over from the city of Westminster to a private group due to lack of funding.

“This issue isn’t going to go away. Organizers will be called out. They will hear the demands — there’s no way to avoid it,”   Peter Renn, an attorney at Lambda Legal said.

A group known as Viet Rainbow has  been attending training sessions, seeking out legal advice from gay rights groups and participating in workshops to build opposition against the ban.

“This is not the Rosa Parks era,” said Viet Rainbow member Hieu Nguyen. “I’m not sitting at the back of the bus anymore.”

You can read about the upcoming fight and reaction from other members of the Vietnamese American community in the Los Angeles Times.


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