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Nov, 2016

California Voter Resources: How to protect LGBTQ Youth from the School-to-Prison Pipeline

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This November, Asian American and Pacific Islander voters will play a key role in shaping the future of queer and trans youth of California. Here’s what you need to know to be ready on Election Day on November 8th. We’ve compiled various voter resources below to educate Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and allies on a wide range of issues. Prop 55 and Prop 57: Protect LGBTQ Youth from the School-to-Prison Pipeline California Propositions In-Language with #AAPIs4CE Voter Guide Learn about other key propositions on the ballot and the positions that  progressive […]

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Aug, 2016

Get Your Tickets! 11th Anniversary: Leading Change

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Ticket Prices Membership Admission: $60 General Admission: $75 Admission & Membership Package: $100 (Includes admission for one person and one year’s membership with API Equality-LA!) Group Tickets: For groups of 10 or more, contact us at contact@apiequalityla.org for discounted pricing. This year we are honoring Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA (AAAJ-LA) and LGBTQ civil rights pioneer Andre’ Ting. AAAJ-LA was instrumental in the creation of API Equality-LA and has played a pivotal role in advancing support for LGBTQ equality in the Asian Pacific American community. Andre’ Ting was a founder of the […]

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Aug, 2016

Intern Graduation + Film Screening

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Our summer 2016 interns are graduating! Come celebrate with us and hear from our interns as they share about the many different projects they’ve been involved with this summer.   We’ll also be screening filmmaker Amy Fan’s recent documentary, LGBTQ Asian American San Gabriel Valley Stories. As the title suggests, it’s a project hoping to uplift the narratives of those from within our community with an emphasis on intersectionality. Right after the screening will be a Q&A session with the filmmaker, so come on by for an exciting conversation. Dinner will […]

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May, 2016

Celebrate LA Pride 2016 with API Equality-LA (June 10th-12th)

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Join us again in celebrating LGBTQ PRIDE this year at LA PRIDE parade and festival between June 10th – 12th! We’ll be marching in the parade with APAIT (a service agency whose programs empowers trans people and communities at-risk for HIV/AIDS), along with other Asian American and Pacific Islander LGBTQ organizations such as API PFLAG, Satrang, and CRA. Sign up here to march or volunteer with us! When The parade kicks off at 11:00am but at 8:00am, we’ll have a pre-march breakfast with other organizations at a member’s house in […]

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Apr, 2016

Apply to be a Summer Intern with API Equality-LA

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Apply for API Equality-LA’s Organizing Internship!   Are you invested in ensuring safety and access for trans, gender nonconforming, and queer people? Are you skilled in digital communications and social media? Want to work with and within your communities to create positive change? Here’s your chance! API Equality-LA’s Organizing Internship will train Asian and Pacific Islander (API) young people to do community organizing and political power-building work with(in) the API community for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer) equality. Across the country, we have seen a wave of discrimination […]

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May, 2014

Join us for API Equality-LA’s Professional Networking Mixer and Mentoring Circles!

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Thursday, June 19th, 2014 at 6 PM – 9 PM Far Bar, Mezzanine Level, 347 E. First Street, Los Angeles (in Little Tokyo), tel. (213) 617-9990 $5.00 per person API Equality-LA will soon be launching a first-of-its-kind series of new programs designed especially for members of the API LGBT community who are interested in pursuing a professional career after graduation. The first event in this series will be a professional mixer and career-based mentoring circles. At the mixer, API LGBT individuals who are planning to pursue a career in various […]

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May, 2014

Long Beach Pride 2014

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Over the past several years, the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Celebration has become one of the premiere Pride events nationwide, now attracting over 80,000 participants over two days. The Festival Celebration includes seven large dance areas including a main stage which has featured musical artists such as Grammy Award Winner Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah, Maya, India Arie, and The Village People. Join Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride celebration on May 17 & 18, 2014 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. along E. Shoreline Drive. Tickets are $20 […]

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May, 2014

May General Coalition Meeting: LGBT Rights in China

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Join us on Tuesday, May 13th for API Equality-LA’s May General Coalition Meeting to meet LGBT leaders and organizers from China!  Learn firsthand from on-the-ground LGBT leaders and organizers about their work in China at our next General Coalition Meeting! You will have the opportunity to discuss in small groups with Chinese interns sponsored by the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center who are working to empower and organize the world’s largest LGBT community. ALSO, join us in celebrating (belatedly) May Day (International Workers’ Rights Day) and Asian LGBT activists from the Restaurant Opportunities […]

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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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Aug, 2012

Our 7th Anniversary Celebration Is Almost Coming to An End…

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Dear API Equality-LA family and supporters, Please enjoy some photos from Sunday’s anniversary celebration at our Facebook (don’t forget to tag the pictures and like our page)!  A BIG thank you to all who came out to enjoy the sun, the fun, friends, family and the female musical quartet, the Flirtinis! For those of you who could not make it, rest assured that those of us present overexerted ourselves to eat, drink and frolic on your behalf. Amid the serious partying, we were also celebrating some serious accomplishments: Reaching thousands […]

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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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Mar, 2012

API Equality-LA Reacts to Anti-Equality Advocates’ Change in Strategy

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Los Angeles, CA —The histories of African Americans, Asians and Pacific Islanders, and Latinos are recognized as contributors to the building of this great state. Unfortunately, there were other groups who were left out. The California Legislature and Governor Brown recognized this disparity by signing the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act into law. The FAIR Education Act would recognize other minorities as contributors to our state’s history, particularly the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) communities. Anti-equality advocates filed papers and started a petition to repeal FAIR, […]

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Jan, 2012

Use Your Sweet Tooth for a Cause–Buy Girl Scout Cookies!

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Recently an Asian American young woman from California, named “Taylor,” made a youtube video encouraging folks to boycott Girl Scout cookies. Why? Because the Girl Scouts organization allowed a transgender girl into the fold. Well, the Asian Americans at API Equality-LA support Girls Scouts and their commitment to all girls. Girl Scout Cookie season starts in a week and we encourage you to go out there and pick up a box of thin mints!

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Nov, 2011

FAIR Education Act Needs to be Protected

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by Lori Kido Lopez This story was originally published in the Pacific Cititizen. I don’t remember exactly how old I was when I learned about the Japanese American internment in school. But it must have been a clear lesson, because I always knew it was an important part of our country’s history, as well as my own family history. It was the reason my Nisei grandparents lived in Nyssa, Oregon and became farmers, and it was the reason my grandpa was never able to finish his college degree or fulfill […]

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Apr, 2011

Nguyen, Trung

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Trung Nguyen is currently an undergraduate at UCLA double majoring in Asian American Studies and International Development Studies. Committed to advocating on behalf of Asian American/Pacific Islander communities, he has explored various organizing spaces on campus with organizations such as Asian Pacific Coalition, Vietnamese Student Union, Critical Asian Pacific Islander Students for Action, and Southeast Asian Campus Education Learning and Retention. He has also worked extensively with youth in low-income communities as a teacher for Breakthrough Collaborative. On the side, he also considers himself a low-key artist as he performs […]

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Apr, 2011

Lau, Bonnie

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Bonnie Lau is a senior at USC majoring in Art History. Throughout her four years as an undergraduate, she has been involved in APA organizations at USC, mainly through Asian Pacific American Student Services (APASS). After participating in the Connections! APA career mentoring program her freshman year, she became the assistant coordinator of the program her sophomore year and the coordinator her junior year. She now mentors a freshman through APASS’s Positive Experiences Enriching Relationships (PEER) program. Outside of the APA community, she has been involved with Take Back the […]

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Apr, 2011

Kwong, Rev. Dr. Jonipher

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Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kwong is the first Director of API Equality-LA and is an ordained minister with the Metropolitan Community Church and the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. Prior to that, he was an Interfaith Organizer for California Faith for Equality. Dr. Kwong was also the former Executive Director of the Counseling & Spiritual Care Center of Hawai’i. He earned his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Claremont School of Theology in Southern California.

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Apr, 2011

Matsunami, Greg

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Greg Matsunami has been working for marriage equality for many years — first, in Oregon in 2004, then as volunteer with the No on 8 campaign in 2008 and now with API Equality LA, where he serves as a co-chair of the Public Education Committee and a member of the Faith Committee. In addition to marriage equality, Greg has also worked on a number of congressional and presidential candidate campaigns. In his professional life, Greg has held various management positions with companies like Levi’s and Nike. He holds degrees from […]

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