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File photo of the 2010 Tet Parade
Vietnamese American gays protesting today over Tet Parade

in UNITED STATES, 08/02/2013

A group representing the Vietnamese American gay community plans to demonstrate Monday afternoon in front of the office of Tet parade organizers out of concern that the group won't be allowed to participate in the annual event. The Partnership of Viet Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Organizations submitted an application and a $100 fee a week ago. The group didn't get a definitive answer, but the reception was lukewarm, said Pierre Tran, a spokesman for the gay group.

And with less than a week to go before Sunday's parade in Little Saigon, the group had yet to get official word on its application. Members of the group were scheduled to meet with organizers Monday.

"We like to be a part of the parade because the Tet event is very important. It's like Thanksgiving in American culture," Tran said.

Gay groups have participated for the past three years but they were not welcomed by the Vietnamese Interfaith Council in America, which called for a boycott of the parade because of the gay groups' participation. The city allowed the group to participate.

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