April 2011
directorLetter from the Director: Documenting Trailblazing Pioneers
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Dear API Equality-LA Volunteers and Friends,

JonipherTwo months ago, I mentioned several new projects we are embarking on.  We launched our first effort in March called the "Pioneer Documentation Project."  This ad-hoc group will tell the stories of trailblazing API LGBT people and allies who were courageous enough to put their lives on the line to move justice forward.  This project will make sure we capture their life experiences so the next generation could continue to build on their successes instead of having to reinvent the wheel.  Come join us next month as we figure out what questions to ask our pioneers and what the scope will be. 

 

We will also be unveiling our other priority projects within the next few months.  We are definitely a buzzing, happening place, as attendance at our committee meetings have gone up and participation at our festivals and events have sky rocketed as well.  Come join the fun and let's get active in our community!  And while you're at it, click on the donate page to help spring our work forward.

 

In Solidarity,

 

Jonipher Kwong's Signature
Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kwong
Director, API Equality-LA
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
tax04/04/2011
Tax Changes for Same-Sex Couples: Understanding How Recent Federal Tax Developments Will Impact You

 

The IRS has announced a major shift in how it treats certain same-sex couples who are married or are registered domestic partners in California.  For the first time, the IRS will now recognize the community property and income rights of these couples.  The IRS has announced that this change is mandatory for tax returns filed this year, which means same-sex couples must change how they fill out their federal income tax returns.  Come learn about this development, and how to deal with it!

 

Download Lambda Legal's guide on this subject: 

http://www.lambdalegal.org/publications/factsheets/fs_the-irs-applies-income-splitting-community-property.html

 

Panelists include:

Wendy Hartman, Attorney - Bennett & Erdman   

Harlan Levinson, Certified Public Accountant

Peter Renn, Staff Attorney - Lambda Legal (Moderator)

This panel is co-sponsored by Lambda Legal, Jordan/Rustin Coalition, Latino Equality Alliance, API Equality-LA, the Williams Institute, and API Equality-LA. 

 

When: 7:00 PM | Monday, April 4, 2011 

Where: Lucy Florence Cultural Center - Media Room | 3351 West 43rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90008

Parking: Municipal lot half a block east of the Lucy Florence Cultural Center | 3328 West 43rd Street, at the intersection of 43rd Street and Edgehill Drive. 

 

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Upcoming Meetings
pub04/04/2011:
Public Education Committee Meeting

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.  A light dinner will be provided, so 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


outreach04/07/2011:
Outreach & Recruitment Committee 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 dinner 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


mediawebsite04/11/2011:
Media & Website Committee 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 dinner will be provided so 
PLEASE RSVP!  

When: 
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Monday, April 11, 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

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


Fundraising04/25/2011
Fundraising Committee 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, April 25, 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

pioneers04/26/2011
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, April 26, 2011

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

Questions/RSVP: Brian Nguyen | contact@apiequalityla.org


faith04/27/2011 
Faith Committee 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, April 27, 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



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Upcoming Community Events
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

 

viff04/07/2011-04/11/2011 & 04/14/2011-04/17/2011
5th Vietnamese International Film Festival (ViFF)


Come to the 5th biennial Vietnamese International Film
Festival (ViFF), an extensive and prestigious showcase of original and
innovative Vietnamese films. ViFF 2011 is proudly presented by the
Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA), UCLA's
VietNamese Language & Culture (VNLC), and the University of
California, Irvine (UCI).  Sixteen feature films will be screened.  With this year's theme of "Reel Momentum," we hope you will take part
in the excitement and growth of Vietnamese cinema by attending the film festival!

 

For more information, please visit: www.vietfilmfest.com

 

When: April 7-11, 2011 & April 14-17, 2011

Where: 14772 Moran Street, Westminster, CA 92683

Questions: (714) 891-8172 | www.vietfilmfest.com

 

advancing04/17/2011
Advance Equality House Party and Fundraiser


Overe the last few decades, eqeuality has expanded, but not equally across all communities. Despite the progress, we have not reached full equality. Many LGBTQ people, especially people of color, continue to face barriers. Liberty Hill's goal is to Advance Equality -- to make full equality a reality for every Angeleno. Through our grant funds and training programs, Liberty Hill is strengthening leaders and organizations in communities of color.

 

When: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, April 17, 2011

Where: At the home of Chris Bair (Nichols Canyon).  Upon RSVP, you will receive address and directions

Questions/RSVP: Danny Fisk | dfisk@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

 

danielleVolunteers Needed for Online Research Study

Clinical-Community Psychology Ph.D. candidate Danielle Bryce is recruiting volunteers to participate in her online research study, required for her dissertation.  She is looking to recruit men who may or may not identify as gay but are currently in a romantic relationship with another man for at least 3 months. Her goal is to collect responses from a group of men that represents a range of ethnic backgrounds.  The questionnaire is online and takes about 20 minutes to complete.

For more information and to fill out the questionnaire, please visit: https://lavernepsych.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9FCbfefiiZLiqxu

Questions: Danielle.Bryce@laverne.edu

 

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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

 

finalseniorservicesDirector of Senior Services

LAGLC

 

The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to fostering diversity within its staff.  Applications are encouraged from all persons regardless of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, marital status, religious creed, medical/physical/mental condition, sexual orientation, and age.

Develop and implement the mission and vision of the Senior Services department; oversee all operations and services; evaluate overall results; and recommend policies, procedures, and action to achieve program mission and goals.  Work with other Center senior staff to implement the organization's strategic plan, including expansion of services for the LGBT older adult population and the implementation of affordable and supportive housing (intergenerational approach, focus on seniors and at-risk youth).

Title: Director of Senior Services

Status: Full-time

Salary: DOE.  Relocation assistance may be considered if needed.

For more information: Click here.

Questions/Application Submission: Please email resume to jobs@lagaycenter.org

 
finalmultimediaspecialistMultimedia Specialist

LAANE

 

LAANE is a leading advocacy organization dedicated to building a new economy for all.  Combining dynamic research, innovative public policy and the organizing of broad alliances, LAANE promotes a new economic approach based on good jobs, thriving communities and a healthy environment.

The Multimedia Specialist will help lead the organization's strategic communications and marketing work.  Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to economic justice and the labor movement.  Also needed: willingness to work long hours and weekends when necessary and ability to work independently.

Title: Multimedia Specialist

Status: Full-time

Salary: DOE.

For more information: Click here.

Questions/Application Submission: Please email resume and cover letter in one document to jobs@laane.org

 
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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.

Donate Now! 

Contents

Letter from the Director

API Equality-LA Photo Contest


Upcoming Events 


04/04/2011
Tax Changes for Same-Sex Couples Panel

Upcoming Meetings 

04/04/2011
Public Education Committee


04/07/2011
Outreach and Recruitment Committee


04/11/2011
Media & Website Committee 
  

04/12/2011 

General Coalition 


04/25/2011
Fundraising Committee 


04/26/2011
Pioneers Project Planning

04/27/2011
Faith Committee

Upcoming Community Events

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

04/07/2011-04/11/2011 & 04/14/2011-04/17/2011 
5th Vietnamese International Film Festival


4/17/2011
Advance Equality House Party and Fundraiser


Chinese American Gay Male Focus Group

Volunteers Needed for Online Research Study


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)

Director of Senior Services (LAGLC)

Multimedia Specialist (LAANE)

Contact

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