Gay rights activists seek inclusion in Vietnamese Tet parade

SANTA ANA, Calif.

The Tet parade is a celebration of Vietnamese culture that takes place in the heart of the area known as Little Saigon. The city of Westminster used to oversee the parade, but because of budget problems, it has been taken over by a private group called the Vietnamese American Federation of Southern California.

Members of the gay and lesbian community were not included in this year's event, so they asked the city council not to grant a parade permit to the group.

Council members say they support inclusion of the gay community, but their hands are tied because the parade is a private event and they can't force the organizers to change their decision. They granted the permit, but they're hoping the two sides will reach a compromise.

Both sides agreed to meet with city officials to try to resolve their differences. The Tet parade takes place in February.

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