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Gay rights activists seek inclusion in Vietnamese Tet parade

Members of the gay and lesbian community are demanding that they be allowed to take part in the Tet parade in Westminster.
December 11, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
Supporters of gay rights went before the Westminster City Council on Wednesday to demand that members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community be allowed to participate in the Vietnamese New Year's parade.

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.