December 2010
directorLetter from the Director: Wrapping Up an Amazing Year!
Dear ,

JonipherIt has been an amazing year for API Equality-LA thanks to volunteers like you! Over 150 people marched with us during the Chinese LunarNew Year Parade in Chinatown this year, once again making us the largest contingency in this parade. We honored three exemplary women during our Sisters Standing for Love event in April: Congresswoman Judy Chu, Lina Paredes, and Julie Su, Esq.. We fed the homeless and hungry alongside Evergreen Baptist Church-LA. We celebrated our Five Year Anniversary by launching our major donor campaign in July, raising $12,000 out of our annual goal of $15,000. Our Outreach & Recruitment Committee was extra busy during the Fall, talking to people and changing hearts and minds at festivals and rallies. This year also witnessed the landmark decision by Judge Vaughn Walker, ruling Prop 8 unconstitutional. API Equality-LA was present, along with our people of color allies, to make a statement about justice. We made the headline of Pacific Citizen by supporting students who are standing up against bullies. We had three interns this summer, who did amazing jobs of advancing our work. We've done all this, and we haven't even reached the end of the year yet!

Our work is far from over. We need to continue to be vigilant. The case for marriage equality is ongoing, but more importantly, the API community needs to be educated about the importance of the fair treatment of LGBT families. This is where we need your help. We need you to contribute to the legacy of the LGBT equality movement. During this season of giving, why not give to API Equality-LA by clicking on the button to your right? Every gift of $25, $50 or more will help continue our struggle for justice and equality. I guarantee you, it will be money well spent. Help us transform our community and our world.


Jonipher Kwong's Signature
Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kwong
Director, API Equality-LA
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peter2In Memory of Peter Corpus

Peter Corpus Protesting Proposition 8API Equality-LA, along with many in the Los Angeles Asian American community,mourns the sudden and unexpected loss of our dear friend and colleague, Peter Corpus. He died on Monday, November 22. Peter Corpus had been active for many years, dedicating countless hours to local and national efforts to organize the API queer community. He served as treasurer for the Gay Asian Pacific Support Network, was a founding member of the gay Filipino organization Barangay, andwas the Development Director for Search to Involve Pilipino Americans. He had literally raised millions of dollars for Asian American communities, and we are truly saddened by his untimely death.

Peter contributed his talents to API Equality-LA by serving on the Faith Committee. His robust laughter and colorful language livened up a room. We mourn the loss of such a valued and committed leader of our community. He will be sorely missed.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Friendship Auditorium in Griffith Park [Google Map] on Friday, December 10 at 11 a.m. Please join us in honoring peter. You can also contribute photos by emailing them

Friday, December 10, 2010
11:00 am Service
12:00 pm Reception
1:00 pm Community Tributes "IntroducingPeterJ.Corpus"

Friendship Auditorium
3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027
[Google Map]

The family and friends ofPeterJ.Corpusask that you RSVP to help us estimate food for the reception. Please RSVP to petercorpusfund@gmail.comby noon on Wednesday, December 8, 2010.

In lieu of flowersPeter's family invites you to contribute to thePeterCorpusFund. Contributions will not only cover service related costs but will also go towards establishing a memorial scholarship. SIPA (Search to Involve Pilipino Americans) wasPeter's employer at the time of his passing and will collect funds forPeter's family to administer.

Checks should be made out to: SIPA
PeterCorpusFund in the memo line.

Checks can be mailed to:
SIPA (Search to Involve Pilipino Americans)
Temple Gateway Youth & Community Center
3200 West Temple Street
Historic Filipinotown
Los Angeles, CA 90026-4522

For additional information feel free to
If you are unable to attend, but would like to share memories or e-notes withPeter's family, please email us so that your remarks can be included in a keepsake for his family.

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pressAPI Equality-LA and API Equality-Northern California Closely Monitoring Prop 8 Argument on December 6, 2010

On December 6, 2010, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments regarding the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8 -- the 2008 ballot measure overturning the right of same sex couples to marry. In August 4, 2010, U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker invalidated Proposition 8. The state is refusing to appeal the trial court's decision and instead, Prop 8 supporters and Imperial County are attempting to stand in for the state to defend the proposition. One of the key issues to be argued on December 6 is whether these two groups have "standing" to appeal Judge Walker's decision.

Please click here to read the rest of API Equality-LA's and API Equality-Northern California's response to the court case.
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activistActivist of the Month - Lori Kido Lopez!
Lori Kido Lopez

We're proud to present Lori Kido Lopez as our December Activist of the Month!

What committee are you involved with in API Equality-LA?
Public Education.

How and when did you get involved?
I started volunteering with APIELA in February as part of a research project at USC. Marriage equality is something I'm super passionate about, so I wanted to see if I could help out by offering my research skills. Then I randomly went to a Public Education committee meeting, and got hooked by Greg! Everyone was so welcoming, I instantly knew that this was an organization I wanted to dedicate my time to.

Why is it important to continue this fight for marriage equality?
When my husband and I got married, we made a promise that we would remain dedicated to the fight for marriage equality until everyone was able to marry the person they love. It was really important to us to be able to publicly build our family together, and we want everyone to have the same opportunities that we do.

To read more about Lori, click here!

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Upcoming Events
photoAPI Equality-LA Photo Contest

Enter API Equality-LA's 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: | (213) 290-5535
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Upcoming Meetings
PubEd12/06/10: 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. PLEASE RSVP!

What: Conference Call Meeting
Call-in Information: Please email for call-in number
Questions/RSVP: Greg Matsunami & Deanna Kitamura |

Fundraising12/07/10: 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 - 8:30 PM | Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Where:Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) | 1145 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017 [Map]
Questions/RSVP: Yvonne Teruya & Steven Truong |

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 |

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Upcoming Community Events
KUE12/11/10 - KUE (Koreans United for Equality) First Annual Appreciation Banquet

KUE is proud and excited to invite you to the first KUE Appreciation Banquet. Together with their members, friends, and supporters, they will reflect and celebrate the last two years that KUE has been in existence. Please join them as they recognize important individuals who helped organize and support KUE along the way. The event is also a fundraiser with special speakers, musical guests, and a short play.

When: 6 PM - Dinner is served | 6:30 PM - Program begins | Saturday, December 11, 2010
Where: Immanuel Presbyterian Church | 3300 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90005 [Map]
Tickets:$25 each
To purchase tickets/
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Internship / Employment Opportunities
mediadirectorNew Media Director, Courage Campaign

TheCourage Campaign ( an online organizing network that empowers more than 700,000 grassroots and netroots activists to push for progressive change and full equality in California and across the country. As a leading multi-issue advocacy organization, the Courage Campaign's work to bring progressive change to California and full equality to America is supported by thousands of small donations from our diverse community.

The primary responsibilities of the New Media Director are as follows, but tasks may vary from day to day. In particular, this position will:
  • Provide strategic advice to the CEO and Chief Operating Officer.
  • Manage 4-5 online staff and collaborate with field staff on campaigns requiring online promotion.
  • Direct all online campaigns and communications, primarily focused on maximizing email program serving more than 700,000 members and supporters.
  • Implement directly or supervise staff in the development of landing pages, blog posts, websites, and social media.
  • Research, write, edit, test and track email actions and supervise/proof actions developed by other staff.
  • Conceive and execute social networking strategies, including Facebook and Twitter, as well as mobile technology actions and online ad campaigns; evaluate and analyze metrics.
  • Identify and evaluate new campaign opportunities.
  • Manage contracts and relationships with content management system.
  • Act as liaison with the progressive online community, including the California netroots community and national LGBT rights community.
  • Make presentations highlighting Courage's work to partners, allies and other interested parties.
  • Execute all responsibilities in a virtual office working environment, interacting with other staff primarily by phone, email, and instant messaging.
For more information, please download the job description.

Salary/benefits:Commensurate with experience, including full health benefits
Hours:Full time
Location:Preferably in California or willing to relocate; Like and similar organizations, Courage is a "virtual office" so working from home is a necessity.
To apply:Please send resume, a writing sample, and a cover letter expressing your reasons for applying for this position and your interest in the organization
Application deadline: December 15.Applications will be reviewed and interviews conducted as they are received.
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About API Equality-LA


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


To create a society that celebrates the loves and lives of all people-free from discrimination and injustice.

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Letter from the Director

In Memory of Peter Corpus

API Equality-LA and API Equality-Northern Californian Closely Monitoring Prop 8 Argument on December 6, 2010

Activist of the Month - Lori Kido Lopez!

Upcoming Events
API Equality-LA Photo Contest
Upcoming Meetings
12/06/10 - Public Education Committee
12/07/10 - Fundraising Committee
12/09/10 - Faith Committee

Upcoming Community Events
12/11/10 - KUE First Annual Appreciation Banquet

Internship / Employment Opportunities
New Media Director, Courage Campaign


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