Vietnamese gays return to Lunar New Year parade
WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) -- After being sidelined from last year's Lunar New Year parade, gay Vietnamese-Americans are planning to march with pride in this year's event.
Viet Rainbow of Orange County co-chair Hieu Nguyen says at least 70 people will march Saturday under the group's banner at the annual Tet parade in Little Saigon.
Nguyen says participants will show their Vietnamese heritage by wearing traditional dress and riding bicycles, and their sexual orientation and gender identity by carrying the rainbow flag.
Parade committee chair Neil Nguyen says participants have been asked not to carry flags representing specific organizations. He says about 12,000 spectators will watch the parade.
In 2013, parade organizers barred gay Vietnamese-Americans from marching. After prodding from city officials and community members, they reversed course for 2014.