Monthly Newsletter
September 2010

directorLetter from the Director
Dear ,

You are receiving your first monthly e-newsletter! This is our way of communicating with you in a timely manner without the need to bombard your inbox with tons of e-mails. We hope you find it useful. If you have any announcements or events you would like to submit for consideration, please forward them to Brian Nguyen ( no later than the Monday of the last week of the month. If they are in alignment with our mission, they will appear the first week of the following month.

Hot off the press: API Equality-LA is launching a photo contest beginning National Coming Out Day (October 11). Stay tuned for more info on how you can enter!

Finally, I would really encourage you to join one of our committees (listed below). They are doing exciting work but need your help to move our projects forward. I look forward to seeing you at our next General Coalition Meeting!


Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kwong
Director, API Equality-LA
Upcoming Events
lights10/23/10: Lights, Camera, Q-Activism!

The goal of "Lights, Camera, Q-Activism" is to provide API LGBT organizers with tools and resources on how to use a video camera to document the lives and loves of API LGBT families. This half-day training will cover the basics of film theory by Academy-Award winning filmmaker Arthur Dong, as well as learning to speak in soundbites with aid from Debra Nakatomi of Nakatomi Associates, and will conclude with hands-on experience on filming and editing short clips. This is a free event, so make sure you take care of this rare opportunity to work with and learn from such amazing and established individuals! RSVP required.

Where: Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), 1145 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017 [Map]
When: 10 AM - 4 PM on October 23, 2010
Questions/RSVP: | (213) 290-5535
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Upcoming Meetings
PubEd10/04/10: Public Education 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 meal will be provided so PLEASE RSVP!

Where: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Monday, October 4, 2010
Where: Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) | 1145 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA [Map]
Questions/RSVP: Greg Matsunami & Deanna Kitamura |

Fundraising10/05/10: 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!

6:30 PM | Monday, October 11, 2010
Where:Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC| 1145 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017 [Map]
Questions/RSVP: Yvonne Teruya & Steven Truong |

MW10/06/10: 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

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Where: Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) | 1145 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA [Map]
Questions/RSVP: Noel Alumit & Michelle Soliman |

OR10/07/10: 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, October 7, 2010
Where: Korean Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA) | 3465 W. 8th St., 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90005 [Map]
Questions/RSVP: Genevieve Tan & MImi Saidane |

gcm10/12/10: General Coalition Meeting

Join us for our general coalition meeting! Our former intern, AJ Lee will show us the videos he's been working on this summer highlighting the work of API Equality-LA. A light dinner will be provided, so PLEASE RSVP!

When: 6:45 PM - 8:00 PM | Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Where: Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) | 1145 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA [Map]
Questions/RSVP: Brian Nguyen |
10/27/10: 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, September 22, 2010
Where: Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA) | 3200 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA [Map]
Questions/RSVP: Alex H. Fukui & Ezra Evangelista |

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Upcoming Community Events
myst9/09/10 - 10/10/10: Mysterious Skin by the East West Players

This searing drama follows the story of a boy who believes he was once abducted by aliens. All roads lead back to a childhood classmate, now a hustler, who holds the key to the terrifying and heart-breaking truth. Due to its subject matter, graphic language and nudity, Mysterious Skin is intended for mature audiences.

When: September 9 - October 10, 2010
Where: 120 Judge John Aiso Street, Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles [Map]
Ticket Information: | (213) 625 7000
onwt1021010/02/10: One Nation Working Together (ONWT) March

It is time that our communities come together. We have the right to live the change we voted for in 2008. ONE NATION WORKING TOGETHER is not just for one community, it is for all communities. It is for OUR community, and we refuse to be divided. Our coalition includes nearly 200 progressive organizations and individuals, including the NAACP, AFL-CIO, and those working on issues like immigration, environmental protection, peace and justice, education, social justice, labor, faith, and LGBTQ rights.

When: 9 AM on October 2, 2010
Where: Los Angeles City College, 855 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028. [Map]

TNC10/05/10: Special Tuesday Night Cafe Event on the Dream Act

Please join us on October 5 for a special edition of the Tuesday Night Cafe, raising awareness about the Dream Act and celebrating the contributions that API undocumented students make to their communities and to the larger immigrant rights movement.

When: 7:30 PM on October 5, 2010
Where: Aratani Courtyard at 120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 [Map]

film10/10/10: OUT for the Long Run (Free Film Screening)

Directed by Scott Bloom, "Out on the Long Run" is a groundbreaking documentary in its depiction of four openly gay high school athletes. All young people and adults are encouraged to attend. RSVP is required.

When: 3 PM on October 10, 2010
Where: Screen Actors Guild - Actor's Center Theater, 5757 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 [Map]
GAPSN10/10/10: GAPSN Dinner

IT IS THE YEAR OF THE TIGER! So what better way to celebrate the Gay Asian Pacific Support Network's 26 years of service to the Southern California API LGBT community than to enjoy a ten-course Chinese banquet on a cool Autumn evening with family, friends, and community.

When: 6 PM on October 10, 2010
Where: Ocean Seafood Restaurant, 750 North Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 [Map]
Tickets: $50 GAPSN Members | $75 Non-Members (including 2010 membership)
SAN10/16/10: Satrang/SAN Townhall and Procession

Please join Satrang and South Asian Network at their first ever Townhall for a community dialogue of LGBTIQQ South Asian experiences and participate in SAN/Satrang's historic and successful march in Little India.

When: 11 AM for the Townhall | 2:30 PM for the Procession
Where: Artesia-Cerritos United Methodist Church for the Townhall [Map]
Questions/RSVP: 818 370 9569

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Internship / Employment Opportunities
awcArmed with a Camera Fellowship

Armed with a Camera (AWC) Fellowship for Emerging Media Artists nurtures the next generation of Asian Pacific American media artists to capture their world, surroundings, and outlook on life. Visual Communications works with the Fellows for seven months and provides special training, mentoring and networking opportunities, access to facilities, and equipment plus a $500 stipend to create five-minute digital shorts that premiere at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and other venues nationwide.

Women, South Asian and Southeast Asian filmmakers are highly encouraged to apply.

: 5 PM on Friday, October 1, 2010
Eligibility: Eligible applicants must be of Asian Pacific descent, 30 years old or younger in the year 2011, residents of California and have had previous work in The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival or any other VC exhibition and/or any Film Festival-this may include on-campus student festivals.
To Apply/For More Information: |
raResearch Assistant

The Asian Pacific American Legal Center seeks a part-time Research Assistant (20 hours per week) to support Demographics Research Project staff in carrying out focus groups as part of a study of Chinese American attitudes toward lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities and marriage equality in Southern California. The study's findings will be used to develop messaging that promotes the equal treatment and acceptance of LGBT people in AAPI communities.

Hours: Part-time (20 hours per week)
Duration: Six months
To Apply/For More Information:
APAITClinical Case Manager

Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team is looking for two strong team-players to provide Clinical Case Management services for HIV positive and AIDS diagnosed in underserved populations. The ideal candidate will have clear professional guidelines about how to successfully work with this client population. The candidate will also be knowledgeable about interventions for both individual and group level counseling as well as HIV pathogenesis and immunology, early intervention with antiretrovirals, adherence and compliance to prescribed medication protocol, side effects management, drug and treatment access, clinical trials and various forms of self care maintenance including, but not limited to acupuncture and acupressure, massage, herbs and holistic methods. Basic harm reduction chronic care management counseling will also be provided regarding protection against re-infection and continuing safe sex practices. The Clinical Case Manager is responsible for providing direct services to APAIT's core clinical programs including case management, mental health support, substance abuse, and treatment adherence services to HIV-infected populations and their families.

To Apply/For More Information: Download Job Description PDF here
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About API Equality-LA

API Equality-LA is a coalition of organizations and individuals who are committed to working in the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities in Greater Los Angeles for equal marriage rights and fair treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) families through community education and advocacy.

Letter from the Director

Upcoming Events

10/23/10: Lights, Camera, Q-Activism

Upcoming Meetings
10/04/10: Public Education Meeting
10/05/10: Fundraising Meeting
10/06/10: Media/Website Meeting
10/07/10: Outreach & Recruitment Meeting
10/12/10: General Coalition Meeting
10/27/10: Faith Meeting
Upcoming Community Events
9/09 - 10/10/10: Mysterious Skin by the East West Players
10/02/10: One Nation Working Together (ONWT) March
10/5/10: Special Tuesday Night Cafe Event on the Dream Act
10/10/10: OUT on the Long Run Film Screening
10/10/10: GAPSN Dinner
10/16/10: Satrang/SAN Townhall & Procession
Internship / Employment Opportunities
Armed with a Camera Fellowship
Research Assistant at APALC
Clinical Case Manager


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