This week, the Orange County Vietnamese community come out to protest a proposal by Council member Larry Agran to add a city from Vietnam as a Friendship City. Agran withdrew the proposal prior to the council meeting after receiving what I’m sure were a number of “are you crazy” phone calls.
Tonight, the City of Garden Grove will be considering a proposal from the nonprofit Trung-Tam Van-Hoa Hong-Bang to host the Tet Festival in Garden Grove. But the proposed host has some problems with the State of California that are not reflected in their proposal. According to a letter from state Attorney General Kamala Harris the organization is significantly delinquent in its filings with the state.
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…
Yesterday afternoon, a judge ruled against the Viet LGBT Coalition’ s request for an injunction to to allow their participation as a group in this year’s Tet parade. Ladies and Gentlemen if as an elected or appointed official or community leader, you join in this parade, you support the bigotry of a few zealots
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.