May 2011
letter
Dear API Equality-LA Volunteers and Friends,

Because you are a valued supporter of API Equality-LA, we would like to share some news about an upcoming transition within our organization. Our Director, The Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kwong, has been invited to become the next minister of the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu - a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for him, in line with his professional training and long-term aspirations. We are so proud that Jonipher's gifts as a caring, inspired leader have been recognized this way. And we appreciate that it was difficult for him to decide to leave API Equality-LA, as he has been immersed and wonderfully productive in his role as our Director. We will miss him enormously. At the same time, we recognize that this path will bring him great fulfillment in the future, and also will allow him to return to his home in Hawaii. We wish him every happiness and success as he begins this new adventure.

As we anticipate Jonipher's departure later this summer, we are eager to build upon the strength and accomplishments achieved during this past year with his leadership, in close partnership with our dedicated Steering Committee. We have grown in so many ways, including by expanding our volunteer base, growing the interest in our internship program, and increasing the attendance at both our meetings and our special events. We also have grown in intangible ways, by developing our mission, clarifying our vision, and enhancing the commitment of our membership beyond campaign work related to a specific ballot initiative. We also have forged closer, collaborative relationships with our Northern California counterpart and other people of color LGBT organizations in the Greater Los Angeles area. Our finances are solid, with important new revenue streams and solid commitments from individual donors now sustaining our work. Our Steering Committee is also stronger than ever, with a balanced mix of seasoned and new activists working side by side.

We want to facilitate a smooth transition. Therefore, the leadership of API Equality-LA will begin the search process immediately for Jonipher's successor and we look forward to assembling a pool of talented candidates (please see position description below). Because Jonipher's new position will not begin until the middle of August, we anticipate that it will include a period of overlap before his departure.

We will appreciate your interest and involvement as we undertake this search process, and also as we continue the work together of moving our thriving organization forward. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions, suggestions or desire additional information.

In Solidarity,

Doreena Wong & Marshall Wong
Steering Committee Co-Chairs, 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

comingoutworkshop04/30/2011
Coming Out Workshop

Meeting your parents' expectations can be hard enough.
But what if you're gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender?
Or think you might be?

Come explore questions and possible approaches to coming out
within the Asian Pacific Islander community. This event, hosted by API Equality-LA, focuses oncoming out to your family, even if you're already out to your friends.

Other topics of discussion:
1) When is the right time?
2) How to start the conversation.
3) Planning for what happens afterward.
4) Draw personal boundaries.

We'll provide food, other LGBT folks, and a safe place to chat.
Please RSVP to Brian Nguyen at contact@apiequalityla.org for head count purposes only. All participants will be anonymous.

When:1:00 PM - 5:00 PM | Saturday, April 30, 2011

Where:Marie Callender's Restaurant | 2300 E. Foothill Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91107 [Map]

Parking: Available at the restaurant

Questions/RSVP:Brian Nguyen | contact@apiequalityla.org | (213) 290 5535


mayday05/01/2011
2011 May Day March

Join API Equality-LA to support the equal treatment of all LGBT individuals as well as to ensure the presence of strong API voices in this movement! Folks who come out to march with API Equality-LA for economic fairness will also receive aFREEt-shirt!

PLEASE wear your API Equality-LA t-shirts! If you do not have one, email Brian Nguyen atcontact@apiequalityla.orgwith your size and you will be given a shirt at the event. We carry unisex (S - XXL) and women's (S - L) shirts.

When:8:30 AM (meet) | 10:00 AM (start)| Sunday, May 1, 2011

Where:Olympic Boulevard and Broadway Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90015 [Map]

Parking: Street parking and paid lots may be available but are not guaranteed. Parking will be extremely limited, so arrive early.

Questions/RSVP:Brian Nguyen | contact@apiequalityla.org | (213) 290 5535


madamex05/01/2011
Madame X

Go see Madame X, a film by Lucky Kuswandi! API Equality-LA is co-presenting this screening at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

Summary:

Indonesia is an unlikely place for an exuberant transvestite superhero action comedy, but MADAME X delivers its message of tolerance without sacrificing the glam kitsch and the lip gloss. Adam is a hairstylist who is prophesied to become a champion against homophobes. After escaping from the nefarious Mr. Storm and his conservative political group BOGEM, Adam must fulfill his destiny to become Madame X. With its super-saturated visual look and intentionally cheesy CGI, and unapologetic attitude, MADAME X is a rollicking great time!

For more information, please visit the LAAPFF website.

When:7:30 PM | Sunday, May 1, 2011

Where:Laemmle's Sunset 5 | 8000 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90046 [Map]

Parking: Free for 3 hours with validation


livegreen05/07/2011
"Live Green" Community Fair and Wellness Walk

Join API Equality-LA at the 2011 "Live Green" Community Fair and Wellness Walk! We will tabling and doing outreach, so we need volunteers like you! Please email Brian Nguyen to sign up for a shift. Participation in the walk is $15, but attending the fair is free!

Shifts:

7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
9:00 AM - 11:30 PM
11:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Please wear your red API Equality-LA t-shirt! If you don't have one, email Brian Nguyen at contact@apiequalityla.org with your t-shirt size (we carry unisex S-XXL and women's S-L) and you will be given one for free at the fair.

For more information, please click here.

When:8:00 AM - 2:00 PM | Saturday, May 7, 2011

Where:CSU Fullerton | Titans Sport Complex/Track & Field/Parking Lot A | 800 N. State College Boulevard | Fullerton, CA 92831 [Map]

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


longbeachpride05/21/2011-05/22/2011
Long Beach Pride Festival

Join API Equality-LA at the 2011 Long Beach Pride Festival! We will be tabling and doing outreach, so we need volunteers like you! Please email Brian Nguyen to sign up for a shift. The first three people to sign up for each shift will receive complimentary tickets to the event! Entrance tickets are $40 each, but seniors over age 60 and kids under age 12 may enter free of charge.

Shifts:

10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Please wear your red API Equality-LA t-shirt! If you don't have one, email Brian Nguyen at contact@apiequalityla.org with your t-shirt size (we carry unisex S-XXL and women's S-L) and you will be given one for free at the festival.

When:10:30 AM - 10:00 PM | Saturday, May 21, 2011 to Sunday, May 22, 2011

Where:Shoreline Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802 [Map]

Parking:Purchase a guaranteed reserved parking spot for $8 here.

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


lapride06/11/2011-06/12/2011
Los Angeles Pride Festival

Join API Equality-LA at the 2011 LA Pride Festival! We will tabling and and marching, so we need volunteers like you! Please email Brian Nguyen to sign up for a shift.

Saturday shifts:

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
3:30 PM - 7:30 PM
7:00 PM - 11:30 PM

Sunday shifts:

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
2:30 PM - 6:30 PM
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Please wear your red API Equality-LA t-shirt! If you don't have one, email Brian Nguyen at contact@apiequalityla.org with your t-shirt size (we carry unisex S-XXL and women's S-L) and you will be given one for free at the festival.

For more information, please click here to visit the LA Pride website or here to visit the LA Pride Facebook page.

When:12:00 PM - 12:00 AMon Saturday, June 11, 2011 and 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM on Sunday, June 12, 2011

Where:West Hollywood Park | San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue [Map]

Parking:Parking will be extremely limited. Suggested parking areas include East of Fairfax, Pacific Design Center, the Kings Road parking structure, and the Beverly Center.

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

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Upcoming Meetings
pub05/02/2011:
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, soPLEASE RSVP!

When:7:30 PM - 9:00 PM | Monday, May 2, 2011

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

Questions/RSVP:Greg Matsunami & Lori Lopez | contact@apiequalityla.org


mediawebsite05/04/2011:
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 | Wednesday, May 4, 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

outreach05/05/2011:
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, May 5, 2011

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

Questions/RSVP:Mimi Saidane | contact@apiequalityla.org


generalcoalitionmeeting05/10/2011
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, May 10, 2011

Where:The Village at the LA Gay and Lesbian Center | 1125 N. McCadden Place, Los Angeles, CA 90038 [Map]

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


Fundraising05/16/2011
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, May 16, 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

pioneers05/24/2011
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, May 24, 2011

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

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


faith05/25/2011
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, May 25, 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
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 forOnline Research Study

Clinical-Community PsychologyPh.D. candidate Danielle Bryce is recruiting volunteers to participate in her online research study, required for her dissertation. She islooking to recruit menwho may or may not identify as gay but are currently in a romanticrelationship with another man for at least 3 months. Her goal is to collectresponses from a group of men that represents a range of ethnicbackgrounds. 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
apieladirectorDirector

API Equality-LA

Job Summary

The Director will oversee the overall work and growth of the organization, including fund development, the development of its short and long-term strategic plan, the implementation of its work plan, and support for various administrative and programmatic functions with emphasis in the areas of public education, outreach and recruitment (i.e., the API, faith, and youth communities), leadership development, and communications. The Director will work closely with the Steering Committee and Co-Chairs in carrying out these responsibilities and will be responsible for the overall functioning of the organization, including the supervision of staff, interns, or other volunteers. The Director will also serve as a spokesperson to media, help maintain external relations, and represent APIELA in coalition efforts, and oversee volunteer recruitment.

Title:Director

Reports to:Co-Chairs and Steering Committee (advisory board comprised of the APIELA Co-Chairs, committee leadership, and at-large members) of API Equality-LA

Location: Asian Pacific American Legal Center - Downtown LA

Status:Exempt, full-time, with benefits

Salary:$60,000-$65,000 (depending on experience)

Desired Start Date:July 1, 2011

Questions/Application Submission: Please email a resume and a cover letter to Marshall Wong atMWong@css.lacounty.gov.

For more information, please click here.

aferinternSummer Intern (Paid)

American Foundation for Equal Rights


The American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) is dedicated to protecting and advancing equal rights for every American. Through its groundbreaking federal court case against California's Proposition 8, AFER is leading the fight for equality under the law and the freedom to marry for every American.

www.afer.org

The Summer Intern's responsibilities include but are not limited to performing administrative tasks, conducting research, coordinating event logistics, assisting in managing databases, assisting in implementation of online strategies, and processing contributions.

Title:Summer Intern (Paid)

For more information: Click here

Questions/Application Submission: Please email a resume, cover letter, and 3 references to apply@afer.org with "Internship Application" in the subject line

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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.

Donate Now!

Contents

Letter from the Director

API Equality-LA Photo Contest


Upcoming Events


04/30/2011
Coming Out Workshop


05/01/2011
2011 May Day March


05/01/2011
Madame X


05/07/2011
"Live Green" Community Fair & Wellness Walk


05/21/2011-05/22/2011
Long Beach Pride Festival


06/11/2011-06/12/2011
Los Angeles Pride Festival

Upcoming Meetings

05/02/2011
Public Education Committee


05/04/2011
Media & Website Committee


05/05/2011
Outreach and Recruitment Committee


05/10/2011
General Coalition


05/16/2011
Fundraising Committee


05/24/2011
Pioneers Project Planning

05/25/2011
Faith Committee

Upcoming Community Events

Chinese American Gay Male Focus Group

Volunteers Needed for Online Research Study


Internship/Employment Opportunities
Director (API Equality-LA)

Summer Intern (American Foundation for Equal Rights)


Contact

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