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February 08, 2013

Calif. Gay Groups Tussle Over Vietnamese Parade Ban

Organizers of an annual Tet holiday parade taking place Sunday in Orange County, Calif., have excluded lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender groups from participating, exposing a cultural rift in the nation's largest Vietnamese community, according to the Los Angeles Times and the Orange County Register.

Vietnamese LGBT organizations that have marched for the past three years in the colorful parade were rebuffed this year, which sees the event move into private hands after being sponsored in the past by the city of Westminster, Calif., home to the sprawling Little Saigon neighborhood.

The Partnership of Viet Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Organizations sought a court order to force parade organizers to let them march, but on Thursday a Superior Court judge rejected it. Other nonprofit entities are threatening to pull out of the event over the ban on LGBT groups.