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Mar, 2013

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT Posting Date: March 1, 2013 Title: Community Organizer Location: 1137 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017 Salary: $30,000 – $35,000 Reports to: Executive Director, Co-Chairs, Steering Committee Term: Full-time until June 30, 2013 (possibly extended if budget allows) ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION API Equality-LA is a grassroots coalition committed to working in Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities in Los Angeles for equal rights, including marriage equality, and fair treatment of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) families through community education and advocacy. API Equality-LA is fiscally sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Legal Center […]

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Feb, 2013

Support Our Vietnamese LGBT Allies in the OC!

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Instructions from the the organizers…. PARADE GATHERING PLACE: This is NOT a protest. This is a peaceful participation in a community event. Sun Feb 10 8:30am 9200 Bolsa Ave (Phuoc Loc Tho / Asian Garden Mall) www.vietlgbt.org Please look for balloons, yellow t-shirts for human rights, and signs. They will participate in the parade holding signs on the sideline for the duration of the parade. If you can, please make your own signs. There are suggested messages in this pdf file that you can download at http://dl.dropbox.com/u/69382190/SIGNS-3.pdf — a revised version with correct […]

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Feb, 2013

Vietnamese LGBT Contingent Rejected by Tet Parade Organizers

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The LGBT community members who submitted an application to march in Little Saigon’s Annual Tet festivities were told that they may not participate in this year’s parade, unless they march segregated from the main parade. API Equality-LA denounces exclusionary practices by our leading cultural institutions, which can lead to increased prejudice and inequality. Parades and cultural gatherings, especially on the important holidays of our communities, are important to all of us. LGBT people value celebrations of our heritage and our community pride like everybody else. API Equality-LA urges the Tet […]

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Jan, 2013

Partnership of Vietnamese LGBT Orgnizations Organizes a Booth at UVSA Tet Festival, Conducts Gay Vietnamese History Campaign, Press Conference, and Aims to March in Tet Parade 2013

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ORANGE COUNTY (CA) – Mung Xuan Quy Ty 2013! –The Partnership of Viet Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Organizations invites all to participate in their 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. They invite everyone to their four public events: Press Conference (Feb 2), UVSA Tet Festival Booth (Feb 8-10), […]

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Oct, 2012

How Do I Tell Them? Coming Out for Asians and Pacific Islanders

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Meeting your family’s expectations can be hard enough, but what if you’re gay, lesbian, or bisexual? The coming out experience for API LGBT youth is often difficult due to cultural and language barriers that prevent us from connecting with our families. For many API LGBT youth and students, we feel we might disappoint our families and end up living double lives, one in campus and/or with our friends and the other at home. This event will provide students and youth the opportunity space to discuss challenges and strategies around coming […]

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Oct, 2012

Activist of the Month: Ryan Khamkongsay

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API Equality-LA wouldn’t be the leading API LGBT organization today without the contributions of our stellar volunteer activists. Each month, it is our great pleasure to recognize one of them as our Activist of the Month. Join us as we get to know these incredible people who devote so much of their time and talent to advancing our mission. We’re proud to share five minutes with Ryan Khamkongsay, our October 2012 Activist of the Month!   How did you get started volunteering with us? In early 2008, I met Marshall Wong, APIELA’s Steering Committee […]

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Aug, 2012

Activist of the Month: Loni Shibuyama

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API Equality-LA wouldn’t be the leading API LGBT organization today without the contributions of our stellar volunteer activists. Each month, it is our great pleasure to recognize one of them as our Activist of the Month. Join us as we get to know these incredible people who devote so much of their time and talent to advancing our mission. We’re proud to share five minutes with Loni Shibuyama, our August 2012 Activist of the Month!   Congrats on being chosen as Activist of the Month! Thank you very much.  I’m very humbled, because I know […]

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Aug, 2012

&: Queer API Intersections Storytelling Project

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API Equality-LA is inviting you to share your unique experiences and stories with us!  Across the country, queer Asian and Pacific Islander youth face the unique challenge of navigating multiple, complex identities.  However, our stories and struggles often go unrecognized in not only mainstream media, but society at large as well.  &: Queer API Intersections is an effort to counter this lack of representation by providing a platform through which people can safely and openly share their experiences. A key component of this project will be collecting stories from individuals […]

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Aug, 2012

Apply for EMPOWER YOU(TH): API Equality-LA’s Student Civic Engagement Internship

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Want to make a difference in this year’s election while earning a scholarship? Want to learn how to engage in the political process? Want to work with your communities, campus, and peers to create change? Here’s your chance. API Equality-LA’s EMPOWER YOU(TH)! Student Civic Engagement Internship serves to provide Asian and Pacific Islander students (ages 18 – 25) the opportunity to do on-the-ground civic engagement and political power-building work with their peers.  2012 is a crucial election year, and it’s vital that API youth are out in numbers and force […]

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Jul, 2012

Immigration Panel Highlights Fight for Recognition

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With the announcement of President Obama’s recent immigration policy known as Deferred Action, the need to bring attention to how immigration affects API LGBT people is more crucial than ever. API Equality-LA assembled a diverse panel of speakers on July 10th to share their varied experiences on immigration, discuss the impact of Deferred Action, and talk about what they are doing to make a difference and how you can help! See more clips from this panel on our YouTube page! –  API Equality- LA is a volunteer-driven organization that works […]

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Jul, 2012

API Equality-LA 7th Anniversary: Celebrating Togetherness

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Join us for API Equality-LA’s 7th Anniversary: Celebrating Togetherness. Progress in our movement has been gained only because we have worked together, and our work really has been all about bringing people together — couples in love, families in harmony, communities in acceptance and understanding, movements in unity. None of us can achieve anything alone, and API Equality-LA has been honored to stand together with you the last seven years. We’re proud to be celebrating another year of great work and amazing shifts toward LGBT equality. As we rejoice in […]

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Jun, 2012

Why I Care: Pride volunteers get personal

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By Sonia Fang To celebrate LA Pride 2012, API Equality-LA wanted to find out what motivates our dedicated group of volunteers to be involved: whether that meant specifically in API Equality- LA or in activism and community events. As a member of the Social Media Committee, I talked to many of our volunteers throughout the day, from our breakfast, to the parade, to our booth at the festival. When we conceived of this project to find out why our volunteers were involved, I already knew my answer: because API Equality-LA […]

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Jun, 2012

Honoring Our Heroes: A Film Screening and Panel on Our API LGBT Pioneers

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In celebration of LGBT Heritage Month, join us to launch API Equality-LA’s Asian American Lesbian and Gay Pioneers Project. Our newest initiative is conducting filmed interviews with the earliest Asian American LGBT activists in Los Angeles. Although their stories are not well-known, Asian Americans participated actively in the nascent LGBT civil rights movement in Southern California. We want to ensure that these courageous, outrageous, and sometimes hilarious stories are preserved and shared for generations to come. On June 17 at 2 p.m., at the One National Gay and Lesbian Archives, API […]

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Jun, 2012

March with API Equality-LA at the LA Pride Parade!

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Who doesn’t love a good parade?! March with API Equality-LA along with other members of the Asian Pacific Islander Pride Council (APIPC) in the LA Pride Parade on Sunday, June 10, 2012! We will be meeting at 9 PM for a FREE hearty breakfast near the start of the parade before heading off to celebrate LA Pride, parade-style! This is an amazing opportunity to be PART of the parade while meeting other amazing API LGBT activists! When: 9 AM on Sunday, June 10, 2012 Where: 1032 N. Ogden Dr., West […]

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May, 2012

API Equality-LA Reaches Out to Manny Pacquiao

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Los Angeles, CA —Manny Pacquiao is arguably the most famous Filipino person in the world today. API Equality-LA Steering Committee member Noel Alumit said, “Mr. Pacquiao has uplifted the spirit of Filipinos all over the world, including mine. That’s why I was concerned by his comments on gay marriage. Young people look up to him.” API Equality-LA makes Marriage Equality and the fair treatment of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders a priority in their advocacy work. The organization which focuses on the Asian and Pacific Islander communities has many Filipino […]

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May, 2012

…And About Manny Pacquiao

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Recently, we have been dismayed by comments by a certain Filipino boxer and his criticism of Barack Obama’s pro gay marriage stance. Fortunately, he’s not the only Filipino who matters. In a 2009 Reuters article, Arnold Pamplona, then president of the Philippine American Bar Association said this about gay marriage: “That wasn’t something we were going to touch, because being Filipino American, a great majority of our members are Roman Catholic,” he said. Gay groups lobbied hard and said past discrimination against the Filipino community was similar to what gays […]

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May, 2012

Activist of the Month: Elis Im

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API Equality-LA wouldn’t be the leading API LGBT organization today without the contributions of our stellar volunteer activists. Each month, it is our great pleasure to recognize one of them as our Activist of the Month. Join us as we get to know these incredible people who devote so much of their time and talent to advancing our mission. We’re proud to share 5 minutes with API Equality-LA: Elis Im. She is our May 2012 Activist of the Month! Congrats on being chosen by API Equality-LA (APIELA) as the Activist of the […]

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Apr, 2012

Sisters Standing Up for Love $1200 for 2012 Matching Challenge

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Sisters Standing Up for Love $1200 for 2012 Matching Challenge Friends & Supporters of API Equality-LA, We are thrilled to celebrate API Equality-LA again this year and its groundbreaking, important work.  In special recognition of the three amazing honorees–all of whom we love dearly–we are reaching out to the API Equality-LA community with a challenge. We are donating $1,200 toward a full year of progress and victories in 2012 and asking all of you to help match this. To the honorees, Mia, Jenny and Alice, we are humbled by all […]

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Apr, 2012

How Do I Tell Them? A Coming Out Workshop for Asian and Pacific Islanders

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Los Angeles (CA) – On April 15, 2012, API Equality-LA presents How Do I Tell Them?, a coming out workshop for Asian and Pacific Islanders. Meeting your parents’ expectations can be hard enough. But what if you’re gay, lesbian or bisexual? Come explore questions about coming out with other LGBT folks. Food will be provided in this safe place to chat. How Do I Tell Them? will be on Sunday, April 15, 2012, from 12pm-4pm at the La Romeria Park Community Building, 19501 Inglewood Avenue, Torrance, CA, 90503. For more […]

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Apr, 2012

Sisters Standing Up For Love

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Sisters Standing Up for Love Sunday, April 22 You are cordially invited to Sisters Standing Up for Love – a reception fundraiser celebrating LGBT equality in the Asian and Pacific Islander community. Emceed by the amazing Tamlyn Tomita, Sisters Standing Up for Love proudly honors: Dr. Alice Y. Hom, co-editor of Q & A: Queer in Asian America and Director of the Queer Justice Fund at Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Jennifer C. Pizer, Esq., Legal Director at the Williams Institute and co-author of California’s broad domestic partnership law Mia F. Yamamoto, Esq., CO-Chair of […]

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