FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2013
English: Natalie Newton (Ô-Môi)
Vietnamese: Pierre Tran (Gay Vietnamese Alliance) (714) 743-0080; firstname.lastname@example.org
PARTNERSHIP OF VIET LGBT ORGANIZATIONS STAFFS A BOOTH AT UVSA TET FESTIVAL, CONDUCTS GAY VIETNAMESE HISTORY CAMPAIGN, PRESS CONFERENCE, AND MARCHES IN TET PARADE 2013
FEBRUARY 2 and 8-10 IN ORANGE COUNTY
ORANGE COUNTY (CA) – Mung Xuan Quy Ty 2013! –The Partnership of Viet Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Organizations invites all to participate in our Fourth Annual Tet Events in support of Viet LGBTs. This year’s UVSA Tet Festival theme “Swift as a Snake.” The Partnership of Vietnamese LGBT Organizations invites all to support positive change as ‘swift as a snake’ for Vietnamese American LGBTs who experience discrimination and social stigma.
We invite everyone to our four public events: Press Conference (Feb 2), UVSA Tet Festival Booth (Feb 8-10), pending participation in the Little Saigon Tet Parade (Feb 10), and Viet LGBT History Campaign.
We march, educate, and continue to serve the Vietnamese American community through our commitment to equality and compassion for all. The 2013 Viet LGBT Tet Celebrations will proceed as follows:
Saturday Feb 2, Public Press Conference (3:30-4:30pm):
Our public Press Conference will inform the public about the Viet LGBT Tet events at the UVSA Tet Festival, Tet Parade, and Viet LGBT History Campaign. We invite participants to dialogue with the Partnership of Viet LGBT Organizations about our Tet events and any other questions about our community efforts. The Gay and Lesbian Center of Orange County, 1605 N. Spurgeon Street Santa Ana, CA 92701.
Friday Feb 8 through Sunday Feb 10, Festival Booth:
Our Second Annual Tet Festival booth will feature bilingual informational pamphlets on Vietnamese homosexuality, LGBT issues, and coming out support groups. Our bilingual volunteers will facilitate games, prizes, and answer community questions. We will feature buttons, signs, and information from our Viet LGBT History Campaign. Volunteers from the Partnership of Viet LGBT Organizations will host the booth all three days from open to close at booth #SW 38. Join us for games, informational flyers, and conversation! http://www.tetfestival.org/
Sunday Feb 10, Parade Gathering:
Viet LGBT participation is currently under negotiation with our organizers and the Organizing Board of the Tet Parade. The Partnership of Viet LGBT Organizations looks forward to participating in the parade for our fourth consecutive year. Details to follow at the Press Conference on February 2nd and online at www.vietlgbt.org.
Ongoing Viet LGBT History Campaign:
Our Viet LGBT History Campaign aims to bring visibility to the contributions of LGBTs in Vietnamese and Vietnamese American history. Our posters, signs, and online resources will include photographs and images of such figures who are publicly homosexual, transgender, or bisexual and Vietnamese, and who have significantly contributed to Vietnamese history, culture, and community politics. Some figures include gay poet Xuan Dieu, transgender singer Cindy Thai Tai, and cross-dressing spiritual leaders called ‘dong co’ of the Mau religion indigenous to Vietnam. Everyday Vietnamese American LGBT individuals also contribute to the well-being and strength of the Vietnamese American community through their work in social service nonprofits, mental health care, higher education, medical care, and government services.
About the Vietnamese LGBT groups:
Song That Radio in San Jose is a Vietnamese American nonprofit (501c3), working to increase LGBT visibility and inclusivity in the community. Song That hosts a weekly Vietnamese-language radio program on LGBT issues. Song That also organizes social and political events that aim to advocate for, support, and empower the Vietnamese American LGBT community. www.songthat.com.
O-Moi is a support group for lesbian, female bisexual, and transgender people of Vietnamese-descent. Its goal is to provide a support and resource space for queer, female Vietnamese to come out and network. It also endeavors to advocate the rights and visibility of its members. O-Moi is based in Southern California.
Gay Vietnamese Alliance has a mission of providing a safe and supportive environment for Vietnamese-identified gay, bisexual, transgender men from all over the world to network, voice issues, promote wellness, and foster leadership. www.gvalliance.blogspot.com
Song That Orange County is a Vietnamese-language support group for LGBTs. Vietnamese Rainbow of Orange County is a discussion and support group for Vietnamese American LGBTs.
Vietnamese Rainbow of Orange County (VROC) is a bilingual support and social group for Vietnamese LGBTs.