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Feb, 2013

March with API Equality-LA in the 115th Annual Lunar New Year Parade!

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You are invited to march with API Equality-LA in the 115th Annual Golden Dragon Parade to celebrate the Lunar New Year!  Join us as we welcome the Year of the Horse and provide an LGBT presence at Chinatown’s largest celebration!  As the only LGBT contingent in the Golden Dragon Parade, we will march together to show that our movement for equality and the fair treatment for LGBT individuals is stronger than ever! When Assemble at 12:00 PM on Saturday, February 1, 2014.  During the pre-parade assembly, we will provide limited quantities of […]

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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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Jan, 2013

API Equality-LA Applauds President Obama’s LGBT Inclusive Immigration Reform Principles

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PRESS RELEASE / API Equality-LA FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / January 29, 2013 CONTACT: TOMMY TSENG / TOMMY@APIEQUALITYLA.ORG / (626) 319-4749   API Equality-LA Applauds President Obama’s LGBT Inclusive Immigration Reform Principles Los Angeles – Today, API Equality-LA, a grassroots coalition advancing LGBT civil rights in Asian and Pacific Islander communities, applauds President Obama’s newly released principles on comprehensive immigration reform that include a pathway to citizenship for the country’s 11 million undocumented immigrants and enhanced family reunification provisions, including eliminating existing backlogs in the family-sponsored immigration system, raising annual country caps, and giving binational couples the ability to apply for permanent residency. […]

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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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Sep, 2012

Out on the Mountain

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Join API Equality-LA at Out on the Mountain, the annual Six Flags Magic Mountain GLBT Private Party on Friday, September 21, 2012. For one night the entire park is closed to the general public for this special gay and gay-friendly event (no regular tickets or season passes accepted). All ages are welcome. Doors open 6pm and the party lasts until 1am. Special Park Hours: 6pm-12am (Rides) 6pm-1am (Dance Party) Ticket Prices: -$37 At OutontheMountain.com (Save $13 Off $50 Door Price)-$50 W/Meal At OutontheMountain.com (includes all-you-can-eat 1/4 lb. cheeseburgers, chili cheese […]

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Sep, 2012

Outreach & Recruitment Committee Meeting

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The Outreach and Recruitment Committee meeting is on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 7 PM.   Led by Chair Mimi Saidane, this committee plans our participation in parades as well our presence and outreach at community events, festivals, protests, demonstrations, etc. It is also responsible for reaching out to new community leaders, organizations, and celebrities. The meeting is taking place at the APALC Non-Profit Center, located at 1137 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017.  There is rooftop parking available (at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, located at 1145 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017) as well as street […]

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Aug, 2012

Faith Committee Meeting

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The Faith Committee meeting is on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 7:00 PM.  Led by Co-Chairs Alex H. Fukui and Ezra Evangelista, the Faith Committee works to engage API Christian and Buddhist congregations. The meeting is taking place at the APALC Non-Profit Center, located at 1137 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017.  There is rooftop parking available (at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, located at 1145 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017) as well as street parking. If you’re entering the building from the rooftop parking, please go through the entrance OPPOSITE of the awning.  As a […]

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Aug, 2012

Public Education Committee Meeting

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The Public Education Committee meeting is on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 7:00 PM.  Led by Co-Chairs Tran Le and Danny Batimana, the Public Education Committee  conducts speaker trainings (sometimes in multiple languages) to enable our volunteers to address the media, API organizations, conferences, classes, and churches. The committee also plans educational events to empower our supporters with information to build support for marriage equality among their friends, families, and constituents. The meeting is taking place at the APALC Non-Profit Center, located at 1137 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017.  There is rooftop parking available (at […]

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Aug, 2012

Fundraising Committee Meeting

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The Fundraising Committee meeting is on Monday, August 20, 2012 at 7:00 PM.  Yvonne Teruya and Steven Truong, this committee organizes fundraising events (e.g., house parties, Bingo nights, restaurant mixers, etc). The meeting is taking place at the APALC Non-Profit Center, located at 1137 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017.  There is rooftop parking available (at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, located at 1145 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017) as well as street parking. If you’re entering the building from the rooftop parking, please go through the entrance OPPOSITE of the awning.  As a light dinner […]

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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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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

August General Coalition Meeting

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Join API Equality-LA at our August General Coalition Meeting, where we will be discussing the intersection of API, LGBT, and healthcare.  The meeting will include two speakers who will discuss how the newly implemented Affordable Care Act affects our communities. Where: First Floor of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center 1145 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017 [Map] (Rooftop parking accessible on Lucas Ave.) When: Tuesday,  August 14, 2012 When: 6:45 PM  Light Dinner 7PM – 9 PM Meeting RSVP/Questions: rsvp@apiequalityla.org | (213) 580-1800

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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

Outreach @ Nisei Week Grand Parade

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Join API Equality-LA  as we talk to parade-goers at the 72nd Annual Nisei Week Grand Parade about the importance of supporting LGBT people in the API community! As this festival generally draws a younger, very progressive crowd, this is a perfect event for first-time and new volunteers!   Where: We’ll be meeting at Kizuna 244 S. San Pedro Street, Suite 306. Los Angeles, CA 90012 [Map] When: Sunday,  August 12, 2012 Shift: 1:45 PM – 5:15 PM Volunteer/Questions: rsvp@apiequalityla.org | (213) 580-1800

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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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Aug, 2012

API Equality-LA’s 7th Year 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 in the last seven years. We’re proud to be celebrating another year of great work and amazing shifts toward LGBT equality. As we rejoice […]

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Jul, 2012

“I Am”: Film Screening and Discussion

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Join API Equality-LA, Satrang, and the South Asian Network for a free screening of the documentary, “I Am” (click here for the trailer). This documentary chronicles the director’s (Sonali Gulati) journey who returns to Delhi, eleven years later, to re-open what was once home, and finally confronts the loss of her mother whom she never came out to. As she meets and speaks to parents of other gay and lesbian Indians, she pieces together the fabric of what family truly means, in a landscape where being gay was until recently a criminal and punishable offense. […]

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