February 2011
directorLetter from the Director: Love in Action
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Dear Amazing Supporters of Equality,

As we welcome the yJonipherear of the rabbit (or cat for the Vietnamese community), we welcome a year of peaceful means of engaging with our community. This is the year when gentle persuasion is deemed better than brute force. Certainly, when it comes to having conversations that will change the hearts and minds of those who are unsure about LGBT equality, a calm, rational demeanor is better than an angry, in-your-face style of interaction. The most effective dialogue takes place when hearts are open and ears are actively listening to one another. Whether this takes place during dinner time as we defy homophobic remarks, out on the street while doing canvassing work, or at festival settings talking to strangers one-on-one, API Equality-LA will continue to use persuasive ways to educate our community on the importance of LGBT equality.

February is also the month to celebrate love and what better way to open up the conversation than to share stories of loved ones who are LGBT or our own love stories with others. Marriage Equality, USA will be holding an annual event, raising awareness to the painful reality that not everyone can marry the one they love here in California (see below), and there will also be an alternative interfaith event to the Mayor of Arcadia's Prayer Breakfast. More details will follow on the latter as we counter the mayor's invitation of an anti-gay Focus on the Family preacher.

We look forward to advancing love during the year of the rabbit and cat.

Gung Hay Fat Choy,


Jonipher Kwong's Signature
Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kwong
Director, API Equality-LA
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photocontestAPI Equality-LA Photo Contest: API Equality-LA Around the World
Jeff

Sample Entry of API Equality-LA members, Jeff and Karin Wang, in Hanoi, Vietnam!


To enter API Equality-LA's photo contest, simply snap a picture of yourself at an interesting location while wearing your API Equality-LA T-Shirt, and explain to us why this location is important to you, or why LGBT equality is important to you. The winner of the contest will get a fabulous prize.
For official rules and entry, click here.

Deadline:
Harvey Milk Day, May 22, 2011
Questions/Entry Submission: contact@apiequalityla.org | (213) 290-5535
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Upcoming Events
valentines02/14/2011
Marriage Equality USA Valentine's Day Action


For a number of years, Marriage Equality USA has organized direct actions on Valentine's Day mid-day at the offices of City/County Clerks to raise awareness about the importance of securing marriage equality for same-sex couples and their families. This year, a group of same-sex couples will converge on a County office at in East L.A on Monday, February 14, 2011. They will get in line and request marriage licenses guerrilla theatre-style. The couples will also make themselves available to speak with the press about why the freedom to marry is important to them. API Equality-LA can also provide talking points and a brief training if desired.

When:
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Monday, February 14, 2011
Where: 4716 E Cesar E Chavez Avenue, LA 90022 [Map]
For more information: Brian Nguyen | contact@apiequalityla.org | http://equalityevents.ning

volunteer02/26/2011
Volunteer Orientation


You are invited to API Equality-LA's Volunteer Orientation. Geared toward API Equality-LA volunteers who have joined us recently, the program will focus on API Equality-LA basics, including topics such as the history of API LGBTIQ organizing; API Equality-LA history; organizational/committee structure; past, present, and future activists/events; volunteer opportunities. This orientation will help to instill any volunteer with the know-how to make change in our community as well as give new members the opportunity to get to know and mingle with the steering committee, staff, and other volunteers better! A light breakfast and lunch will be provided, so PLEASE RSVP.


When: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM | Saturday, February 26, 2011
Where:Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) | 1145 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017 [Map]
Questions/RSVP:Greg Matsunami & Deanna Kitamura | contact@apiequalityla.org

wrinkles03/04/2011
East West Players Presents: WRINKLES

A sticky comedy about sex, lies, and Tiger Balm

Grandpa Harry's got a big secret! Unbeknownst to his daughter and
grandson, 73 year-old Nisei Harry Fukutani is an internet sensation.
But to view his work, you'd have to turn off the parental filter and
have a valid credit card.

Join API Equality-LA for a night of fun and complimentary wine
at this hilarious play! A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated
to API Equality-LA.

When:
7:00 PM | Friday, March 4, 2011
Where: The David Henry Hwang Theater | 120 Judge John Aiso Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 [Map]
For more information/To Purchase Tickets: Steven Truong | ucla.steven@gmail.com
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Upcoming Meetings
Fundraising02/14/2011
Fundraising Meeting

Join us! We write grants to obtain funding for API Equality-LA's work. We also organize fundraising events (e.g. house parties, Bingo nights, restaurant mixers, etc). A light dinner will be provided, so PLEASE RSVP!

When:
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM | Monday, February 14, 2011
Where:Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) | 1145 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017 [Map]
Questions/RSVP: Yvonne Teruya & Steven Truong | contact@apiequalityla.org

faith02/23/2011
Faith Meeting

Join us! We will discuss our work to engage API Christian and Buddhist congregations and to collaborate with the statewide coalition, California Faith for Equality. A light dinner will be provided, so PLEASE RSVP!

When: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Thursday, February 23, 2011
Where: Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) | 1145 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017 [Map]
Questions/RSVP: Alex H. Fukui & Ezra Evangelista | contact@apiequalityla.org


mediawebsite03/02/2011:
Media & Website Meeting

Join us! This committee develops relationships with Asian journalists, places articles in ethnic media, and produces content for our website, Facebook, and Twitter pages. A light meal will be provided so
PLEASE RSVP!

When:
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Where: Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) | 1145 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017 [Map]
Questions/RSVP: Noel Alumit & Alan Chan | contact@apiequalityla.org

outreach03/03/2011:
Outreach & Recruitment Meeting

Join us! This committee engages in planning 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. A light meal will be provided, so PLEASE RSVP!

When: 7:00 - 9:00 PM | Thursday, March 3, 2011
Where: Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) | 1145 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017 [Map]
Questions/RSVP: Genevieve Tan & MImi Saidane | contact@apiequalityla.org

pub03/07/2011:
Public Education Committee

Join us! This 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.PLEASE RSVP!

When:7:30 PM - 9:00 PM | Monday, March 7, 2011
Where:Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) | 1145 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017 [Map]
Questions/RSVP:Greg Matsunami & Deanna Kitamura | contact@apiequalityla.org

gcmgeneralcoalitionmeeting03/08/2011
General Coalition Meeting

Join us for our general coalition meeting! This is a great opportunity to learn about our upcoming work as well as meet other members! As a light dinner will be provided, PLEASE RSVP!

When: 6:45 PM - 8:00 PM | Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Where: Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) | 1145 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017 [Map]
Questions/RSVP: Brian Nguyen | contact@apiequalityla.org

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Upcoming Community Events
census03/01/2011
Take the Queer Southeast Asian Census Today


The QSEA Census is to help us create more equity, love and justice for ourselves; our identities, cultures, home, family, friends, communities, stories, history, herstory and well-being. We need your support by taking this QSEA Census to help us build a National QSEA Network so we can outreach to every QSEAs. The data collected are to identify what our needs are in order to help further the endeavors of our QSEA community through information, visibility, services, access, funds, statistics, research & other opportunities. And for us to gain more knowledge and be more aware of our unique experiences. As well as, because we are not alone, we would like to know how many like us are out there, wouldn't you want to know too?

Where: tinyurl.com/qsea2010Deadline: March 1, 2011


lapd03/10/2011
The Los Angeles Police Department: LGBT Forum


LAPD LGBT Forum

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Internship / Employment Opportunities
jrcTemporary Part-Time Door-to-Door Canvasser

Barbara Jordan/Bayard Rustin Coalition (JRC)


The Barbara Jordan/Bayard Rustin Coalition (JRC) is a civil rights organization that exists to build the political power of the Black same-gender-loving, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community and our allies in the Greater Los Angeles Area through grassroots organizing, political advocacy, public education and community empowerment.

JRC is currently seeking to hire temporary part-time staff to conduct conversations with voters door-to-door in primarily African-American voter precincts. Staff will be trained to have persuasive conversations with both supportive and unsupportive voters about the right of same-sex couples to marry. Previous canvassing experience is desired but not required. Knowledge of the LGBT community and marriage equality is preferred.

Title: Door-to-Door Canvasser
Status
: Temporary, Part-time, Non-Exempt
Salary: $12 per hour, 15-25 hours per week
Application Deadline: Position remains open until filled
For more information: Click here.
Questions/Application Submission: Please email resume to Milton@jordanrustin.org
eqcaExecutive Director

Equality California


Founded in 1998, Equality California (EQCA) works to achieve equality and secure legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Californians.

Reporting to the Boards of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for oversight and management of all programs as well as the fiscal health of EQCA. The Executive Director will work with a highly dedicated staff to advance the organization's legislative agenda, as well as provide the strategic direction and long-term vision of EQCA. He/She will motivate current supporters and establish new partnerships with like-minded organizations. The Executive Director will seek participation of the broadly diverse LGBT community and allies in government and relevant organizations/agencies. The Executive Director will oversee an annual budget of approximately $3.6 million and a total staff of 20. With staff in Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Palm Springs, the Executive Director will travel throughout the state of California on a regular basis and across the country as needed.

Title: Executive Director
Status
: Full-time
Salary: DOE. Relocation assistance may be considered, if needed.
For more information: Click here
Questions/Application Submission: Please email resume to mb@morrisberger.com
honorfundExecutive Director

HONOR Fund


The HONOR Fund is a Los Angeles-based not-for-profit organization established in January 2010 whose mission is to advance the rights and freedoms of the Latino lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community through public education, leadership development, and advocacy. HONOR Fund is seeking a seasoned leader passionate about LGBT issues with experience working within the Latino community. As this is a new organization, the Executive Director must possess the initiative and drive to build an organization from the ground up, including seeking new funding opportunities while maintaining current funding relationships. The Executive Director must possess the ability to establish community, corporate relationships, and to develop and maintain coalitions.

Title: Executive Director
Status
: Full-time
Salary: $50k - $70k DOE.
For more information: Click here.
Questions/Application Submission: Please email resume to marioltrujillo@aol.com
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Note: If you would like API Equality-LA to include an upcoming event or employment opportunity on our next newsletter, please email contact@apiequalityla.org by the 24th of the month.
About API Equality-LA

MISSION

API Equality-LA advocates in the Greater Los Angeles API Community for the fair treatment of LGBT people and marriage equality.

VISION

To create a society that celebrates the loves and lives of all people--free from discrimination and injustice.

Contents

Letter from the Director

API Equality-LA Photo Contest


Upcoming Events

02/14/2011
Marriage Equality-USA Valentine's Day Action

02/26/2011

Volunteer Orientation

03/04/2011
East West Players Present: Wrinkles
Upcoming Meetings
02/14/2011
Fundraising Committee


02/23/2011
Faith Committee

03/02/2011
Media & Website Committee

03/03/2011
Outreach and Recruitment Committee

03/07/2011
Public Education Committee Meeting

03/08/2011
General Coalition

Upcoming Community Events
03/01/2011
Take the Queer Southeast Asian Census Today!


03/10/2011
The Los Angeles Police Department: LGBT Forum
Internship/Employment Opportunities
Temporary Part-Time Door-to-Door Canvasser (JRC)

Executive Director (Equality California)

Executive Director (HONOR Fund)
Contact

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