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Mar, 2014

April General Coalition Meeting: Filipino American LGBT Experiences!

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Focus on Filipinos
There are nearly 375,000 Filipino Americans living in Los Angeles County alone, the largest concentration in the U.S.  After Chinese, Filipinos are the second largest Asian American ethnic group, locally and nation-wide.  Between 2000 and 2010 the number of Filipinos in the U.S. increased by nearly 40%.  At our April general meeting, API Equality-LA and Barangay-LA will present a special panel discussion on this vibrant and rapidly growing community. Featured panelists include:
  • Christopher Villanueva, President and Editor in Chief of Daniel Magazine, a new publication devoted to elevating gay Asian men. A native of Georgia, he is a recent transplant to Los Angeles and a military veteran.   He has volunteered at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – LA helping people apply to adjust their immigration status.
  • KC Abueva is a trans woman who started transitioning five years ago. She grew up in the Philippines and moved to the U.S. ten years ago.  She was recently crowned Empress of the Imperial Court of Los Angeles and Hollywood and networks with the different Imperial Court systems in Southern California.
  • Aren Blanco was raised in a Catholic family in the Philippines and moved to the U.S. 23 years ago.   She is familiar with LGBTQ culture in the Philippines and is a new member of Barangay LA.
  • Jaime Geaga moved to the U.S. fifty years ago at the age of 10.  As a college student in the 70s he got involved in the movement to oppose the Marcos dictatorship.  In 1987, he founded the Filipino Task Force on AIDS in San Francisco and became a national spokesperson about HIV in the API community.  Ultimately, his own failing health caused him to leave the Bay Area and move home to Los Angeles.  However, because of the advent of new AIDS drug therapies, he got a second lease on life and has gone on to became a chef and entrepreneur.

As we will be serving a Filipino dinner, RSVP is required. Please RSVP to Tran Le at tran@apieualityla.org.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – LA
1145 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017
(Rooftop parking accessible on Lucas Ave.)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
6:45 PM | Dinner
7:00 PM | Meeting

tran@apiequalityla.org | (213) 580-1800


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