November 2010
directorLetter from the Director: The Safety of Our Youth
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Jonipher
Dear ,

Undoubtedly, many of you have heard about the homophobic bullying cases thathaveled totragicsuicidesby over half a dozen young people. API Equality-LA responded immediately with a press release denouncing the harassment experienced by youth perceived to be LGBT. Indeed, part of our mission is to ensure there is fair treatment of LGBT people of every age, and we want to create an environment free from discrimination and harm. We hope you'll be able to join us at our next General Coalition meeting, as we invite Daniel Solis (Southern California Program Manager for the GSA Network) andhigh school student leadersto talk about what they do to protectyouthin our schools.


This month, we are also launching our exciting API Equality-LA Photo Contest! Snap pictures during the holidays at exotic locations 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 fabulous prizes. Hurry, this contest ends Tuesday, January 4, 2010. For official rules and entry, click here!


This is also a reminder that tomorrow is Election Day, so please do not forget touse yourvoteto support LGBTequality! The movement for equality requires not only on-the-ground community organizing, but the right leaders and laws in place as well.


Finally, during this season of gratitude, the staff and the steering committee of API Equality-LA would like to take a moment to thank you for your tireless dedication to the equality movement and for the friendships and generous spirit thathavesustained our organization for over five years. We look forward tocontinueworking together to further our mission of educating our community about the importance of equalityfor the LGBT community.


Best,


Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kwong
Director, API Equality-LA
Upcoming Events
stories11/06/10: Stories from Chinese America

In coalition with Visual Communications and other organizations, API Equality-LA is co-sponsoring and supporting "Stories from Chinese America," an Arthur Dong DVD release that includes a special screening of the 1916 Chinese American film, The Curse of Quon Gwon, and a reception. Arthur Dong will also be on hand to give a visual tour of the many hours of additional archival and interview footage that comes with his new DVD anthology. Please join us to celebrate the great work of Academy Award nominee and API Equality-LA supporter, Arthur Dong! Please click here for the flyer.

Where: National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, 111 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 [Map]
When: 3 PM | Saturday, November 6, 2010
Questions: contact@apiequalityla.org | (213) 290-5535
photoAPI Equality-LA Photo Contest


This month, API Equality-LA is launching its exciting API Photo Contest! Snap pictures during the holidays at exotic locations 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 fabulous prizes. Hurry, this contest ends Tuesday, January 4, 2010.


Rules: For official rules and entry, click here.
Deadline: Tuesday, January 4, 2010
Questions/Entry Submission: contact@apiequalityla.org | (213) 290-5535
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Upcoming Meetings
PubEd11/01/10: 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: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM | Monday, November 1, 2010
Where: Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) | 1145 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA [Map]
Questions/RSVP: Greg Matsunami & Deanna Kitamura | contact@apiequalityla.org


MW11/03/10: 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
PLEASE RSVP!

When:
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Where: Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) | 1145 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA [Map]
Questions/RSVP: Noel Alumit & Michelle Soliman | contact@apiequalityla.org


OR11/04/10: 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, November 4, 2010
Where: Korean Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA) | 3465 W. 8th St., 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90005 [Map]
Questions/RSVP: Genevieve Tan & MImi Saidane | contact@apiequalityla.org


Fundraising11/08/10: 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!

When:
6:30 PM | Monday, November 8, 2010
Where:Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) | 1145 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017 [Map]
Questions/RSVP: Yvonne Teruya & Steven Truong | contact@apiequalityla.org


gcm11/09/10: General Coalition Meeting

Join us for our general coalition meeting! We will be presenting leaders who are organizing for LGBT youth, including Daniel Solis from the GSA Network, as well as an update from Ari Gutierrez, co-chair of our community partner, Latino Equality Alliance. As a light dinner will be provided, PLEASE RSVP!

When: 6:45 PM - 8:00 PM | Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Where: Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) | 1145 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA [Map]
Questions/RSVP: Brian Nguyen | contact@apiequalityla.org
FaithMeeting
12/09/10: 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 | Thursday, December 9, 2010
Where: Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA) | 3200 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA [Map]
Questions/RSVP: Alex H. Fukui & Ezra Evangelista | contact@apiequalityla.org


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Upcoming Community Events
lgbtforum11041011/04/10: LGBT Forum

The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center is hosting a community forum with Police Chief Charlie Beck, Assistant Chief Sandy Jo Mac Arthur, Captain Beatrice M. Girmala, and special guest commissioner Robert M. Saltzman. Please join folks from the community to discuss issues pertinent to the LGBT community with leaders of the Los Angeles Police Department.

When: 6 PM - 8 PM | Thursday, November 4, 2010
Where: The Village at the Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N. McCadden Place Los Angeles, CA 90038 [Map]
Questions: Senior Lead Officer Alessandra Moura | (213) 486-6009
survey11/01/10 - 11/30/10: POC Bisexual Survey

Out and Equal Workplace Advocates, the Bisexual Resource Center, and the American Institute of Bisexuality are surveying bisexual-identified individuals for their experiences in the workplace. The survey is looking especially for the responses from people of color, hourly-paid workers, bi men, and people from other countries. If you qualify, please consider participating in this survey aimed to study and improve working conditions for bisexual-identified folks.

Survey Link: Surveymonkey.com
When: Survey ends Tuesday, November 30, 2010

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Internship / Employment Opportunities
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: http://www.apalc.org
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.
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Letter from the Director

Upcoming Events

11/06/10: Stories from Chinese America
API Equality-LA Photo Contest
Upcoming Meetings
11/01/10: Public Education Meeting
11/03/10: Media/Website Meeting
11/04/10: Outreach & Recruitment Meeting

11/08/10: Fundraising Meeting
11/09/10: General Coalition Meeting
11/24/10: Faith Meeting
Upcoming Community Events
11/04/10: Community Forum
Now - 11/30/10: Bisexual Work Survey

Internship / Employment Opportunities
Research Assistant at APALC
Clinical Case Manager

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