On Monday, Santa Ana Councilman David Benavides requested that the City Attorney review the current requirements for event permit applicants using public spaces to ensure that there is a requirement that event organizers not discriminate on the basis of any protected status.
On Sunday morning thousands of people celebrated the Lunar New Year by witnessing the procession of politicians, community leaders, organizations, and businesses participating in the 2013 Tet Parade. There were some notable elected officials absent from the parade this year, many specifically because of the decision to exclude the LGBT group…
On Tuesday Night, the Garden Grove Unified School District, upon the urging of member Bao Nguyen, decided to withdraw their participation if the 2013 Tet parade if organizers don’t reverse their decision by noon on Friday.
It’s not often that I throw down a challenge to elected officials asking them to take a strong stand against the bigotry of some of their constituents. Today brings one of those exceptions. If the LGBT contingent isn’t allowed to participate in the Tet Parade, they should withdraw their participation in the event.
For some people, change doesn’t come easily. When it comes to the acceptance of diversity in sexual orientation, not easy isn’t the half of it. Back in 2010 a small band of bigoted elected officials and Vietnamese community leaders in Westminster tried to have a LGBT group excluded from participation in the annual Tet Parade held in Westminster.