March 2011
directorLetter from the Director: Focus on All Families
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Dear API Equality-LA Volunteers and Friends,

JonipherWe had an amazing turnout at our last General Coalition Meeting, featuring the Aizumi family. They chronicled their journey toward acceptance and highlighted the importance of family from an Asian perspective. They spoke of Aiden's courage to be who he is as a transgender individual. They spoke of the pain of isolation as Asian parents, not knowing where to turn for guidance and support. By the end of the meeting, there was not a dry eye in the room. It made me realize the importance of the work organizations like PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and API Equality-LA does, raising consciousness, awareness, and visibility for all our families and the many shapes and sizes they come in.

Will you continue to support the work we do by clicking on the donation link? Help support equality and dignity for all families.

Sincerely,


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
tny04/03/2011
Thai New Year Songkran Festival


API Equality-LA will be doing outreach on the topic of marriage equality at the Thai New Year (Songkran) Festival again this year! The Thai New Year Songkran Festival, voted as one of the top 10 festivals in SoCal, takes place in the heart of Thai Town in East Hollywood and is the largest Thai festival in the United States. We need your help to do outreach! There are 4 shifts: 9-11:30am, 11am-1:30pm, 1-3:30pm, and 3-6pm.

This is the PERFECT event for new volunteers! Come join us to talk to community members, meet fellow activists, have an amazing time, AND receive a FREE API EQUALITY-LA T-SHIRT as well!

When:
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM | Sunday, April 3, 2011
Where: Hollywood Blvd. between Winona Blvd. and Western Ave. [Map]
For more information: Brian Nguyen | contact@apiequalityla.org | (213) 290-5535
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Upcoming Meetings
pioneers03/22/2011
Pioneers Project Planning Meeting

Join us to help plan the Pioneers Project! The Pioneers Project aims to document the oral history of API LGBT pioneering activists. As a light dinner will be provided, PLEASE RSVP!

When:7:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Where: Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) | 1145 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017 [Map]
Questions/RSVP: Brian Nguyen | contact@apiequalityla.org

faith03/23/2011
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 | Wednesday, March 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


Fundraising03/28/2011
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, March 28, 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

pub04/04/2011:
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, April 4, 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

mediawebsite04/06/2011:
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, April 6, 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

outreach04/07/2011:
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, April 7, 2011
Where: Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) | 1145 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017 [Map]
Questions/RSVP: Mimi Saidane | contact@apiequalityla.org

generalcoalitionmeeting04/12/2011
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, April 12, 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
tenessee03/14/2011
Artful Thinking Organization presents The Sons of Tennessee Williams


"The Sons of Tennessee Williams" is a documentary about the gay men of New Orleans who created a vast and fantastic culture of "drag balls" starting in the late 1950s. These men worked with the traditions of Mardi Gras to bring gay culture into public settings in the early 1960s.

This is an American civil rights story.


Trailer: http://www.vimeo.com/3029852

When: 9:00 PM | Thursday, March 24, 2011

Where: Art Theatre of Long Beach | 2025 East 4th St., Long Beach, CA 90804

Tickets: $11.00; $10.00 Advance

Questions/RSVP: www.arttheatrelongbeach.com | (562) 438-5435

GSA03/19/2011
Southeast LA County GSA Leadership Summit


Come to the upcoming FREE Gay-Straight Alliance Leadership Summit that GSA Network and the GSA at Bell High are co-hosting! This Summit is an excellent way for your students to gain the skills they need to run their GSA, make it grow and continue fighting homophobia and transphobia in their schools. It's also a great way for them to make friends and connections with students at other schools.


When: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM | Saturday, March 19, 2011

Where: Bell High School Cafeteria | 4328 Bell Avenue Bell, CA 90201

Questions/RSVP:

http://gsanetwork.org/events/trainings-and-summits

queersay03/19/2011
QUEERSAY: A Discussion of Organizing in the API Lesbian, Bisexual Women, Queer Trans Communities


Join us for a free panel discussion in celebration of National Women's History Month! Our panelists will share their stories as activists who've organized in the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women and Trans communities over the past years, and their vision of where the movement is headed. Light refreshments will be served.


Panelists:

Alice Y. Hom, Queer Justice Fund Director, AAPIP

Gina Masequesmay, Rep. of the Partnership of Vietnamese LGBT Organizations O-Moi Member

RiKu Matsuda, Mixed Queer Transman Radical Activist

Doreena Wong, Co-Chair of API Equality-LA AQWA Core Member


When: 3 PM - 6 PM | Saturday, March 19, 2011

Where: Asian Pacific American Legal Center | 1145 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

Questions/RSVP: info@aqwa.org by March 17


outspoken03/25/2011
OUTspoken Sessions


Equal Action, a youth-powered, antiracist, multigenerational organization that mobilizes the LGBTQ community to join the fight for social and economic justice, invites you to OUTspoken Sessions, our youth-led open mic and safe space, happening next on March 25th. At OUTspoken Sessions, youth of all backgrounds can express themselves, collectively create a welcoming community, and share with a diverse lineup of featured adult and youth artists. This groundbreaking event is led by youth in the OUTspoken Sessions Youth Organizing Committee.


When: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM | Friday, March 25, 2011

Where: Korean Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA) | 3471 W. 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005

Questions/RSVP: info@equalaction.org

strange04/05/2011
Strange Bedfellows of API Giving in Los Angeles: From Social Justice Activists to Responsible Corporate Citizens


A panel of API business, philanthropic and community leaders will address how the API community pools resources internally and attracts institutional interests to improve our communities.

When: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM | Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Where: Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) | 1145 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017

Questions/RSVP: Kristin | ktaday@libertyhill.org

focusChinese American Gay Male Focus Group

You are invited to take part in a two part focus group or a onetime individual interview to explore the experiences of gay Chinese American men as part of a doctoral project. All information will be completely confidential. All volunteers will be eligible to receive a gift card to Amazon.com. Focus group participants will be provided with food as well as be entered into a raffle for a Flip-Mino Camera.


Questions: Phillip.dang@laverne.edu | (860) 888-3833

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Internship / Employment Opportunities
clueAfrican American and Hispanic Faith Leaders Network Organizer

CLUE-LA


Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, Los Angeles, is a non-profit organization that organizes clergy and lay leaders from the faith community to establish justice for the working poor of Greater Los Angeles.

Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE-LA), the leading faith-rooted economic justice organization in Los Angeles, is seeking a faith-rooted organizer to work with a network of African American and Latino faith leaders. This full-time position, supervised by CLUE staff, is responsible for the development and implementation of CLUE-LA's Black-Brown network of clergy.

Title: African American and Hispanic Faith Leaders Network Organizer
Status
: Full-time
Salary: DOE.
For more information: Click here
Questions/Application Submission: Please email resume to jklein@cluela.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

apaitHealth Educator (Transgender Program - LA)

Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team (APAIT)


The Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team (APAIT) is one of the nation's largest providers of HIV/AIDS prevention and care services for the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities. Based in Los Angeles, California, APAIT has been providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services to API's since 1987.

APAIT is searching for a strong team player and people-oriented Health Educator who will provide HIV prevention and education services to transgender women at-risk for contracting HIV in Los Angeles County. The applicant must have a clear understanding of behavior change practices. Experience building and/or organizing diverse ethnic and cultural communities is a must, including, but not limited to the following target populations: people of color, LGBT & questioning community, monolingual and/or undocumented immigrants, substance users, and homeless persons, of varying ages. The applicant must also have the ability to build rapport with the target populations, assess individuals' risk for HIV exposure/infection, identify appropriate risk reduction strategies, and comfortably discuss sexual issues/barriers with clients.

Title: Health Educator
Status
: Full-time, Non-Exempt
Salary: Commensurate to experience, plus fringe benefits
Application Deadline: Position remains open until filled
For more information: Click here.
Questions/Application Submission: Please email resume to taras@apaitonline.org

attorneyapiStaff Attorney

API Legal Outreach


API Legal Outreach is the largest social justice legal organization serving the Asian and Pacific Islander communities of the Greater Bay Area. Founded in 1975, our mission is to provide culturally competent and linguistically appropriate legal representation to the most marginalized segments of the API community including low-income women, seniors, immigrants, and youth. With offices in Oakland and San Francisco, our work is focused in the areas of Domestic Violence/Family Law, Immigration and Immigrant Rights, Senior Law and Elder Abuse, Anti-Human Trafficking, Youth Violence Prevention, housing preservation, and other social justice issues.

Title: Staff Attorney
Status
: Full-time, exempt
Salary: Commensurate with experience, based on scale; includes health insurance, paid vacation, holiday, sick leave
Application Deadline: Position remains open until filled
For more information: Click here.
Questions/Application Submission: Please email resume to
info@apilegaloutreach.org


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

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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.

Donate to API Equality-LA!

Help support and continue our work by donating to API Equality-LA! API Equality-LA is a fiscal project of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible.

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Contents

Letter from the Director

API Equality-LA Photo Contest


Upcoming Events

04/03/2011
Thai New Year Songkran Festival
Upcoming Meetings
03/22/2011
Pioneers Project Planning Meeting

03/23/2011
Faith Committee

03/28/2011
Fundraising Committee

04/04/2011
Public Education Committee Meeting

04/06/2011
Media & Website Committee

04/07/2011
Outreach and Recruitment Committee

04/12/2011
General Coalition
Upcoming Community Events
03/14/2011
Artful Thinking Organization presents The Sons of Tennessee Williams


03/19/2011
Southeast LA County GSA Leadership Summit


03/19/2011
QUEERSAY Panel Discussion


03/25/2011
OUTspoken Sessions


04/05/2011
Strange Bedfellows of API Giving in Los Angeles: From Social Justice Activists to Responsible Corporate Citizens


Chinese American Gay Male Focus Group

Internship/Employment Opportunities
African American and Hispanic Faith Leaders Network Organizer (CLUE-LA)

Executive Director (Equality California)

Health Educator (APAIT Transgender Program-LA)

Staff Attorney (API Legal Outreach)

Temporary Part-Time Door-to-Door Canvasser (JRC)
Contact

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Ph: (213) 290 5535
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