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Gays seek inclusion at Vietnamese parade in Calif.

SeattlePI: A Southern California city granted a private group a permit Wednesday night to hold a Vietnamese new year’s parade, despite objections over its exclusion of the community’s gay and lesbian residents.

Members of a gay and lesbian group pleaded with the Westminster City Council to deny the permit to the Vietnamese American Federation of Southern California at a meeting, but the vote to grant it was unanimous.

“They say our community goes against Vietnamese tradition, but Vietnamese tradition is about love and respect,” said Joee Truong of Viet Rainbow of Orange County, which has won the attention and support of national gay rights groups like GLAAD.

Council members criticized the exclusionary policy and have urged the two groups to find a compromise, but said they have no legal choice but to grant the permit, saying it was no different than a protest march and they could not control the content.

One Comment

  1. So if two gay Vietnamese men walk in the parade holding hands, doesn’t it automatically have a gay element?

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