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Media Release: Announcing Family Acceptance Campaign & Workshop Tour

MEDIA RELEASE
For More Information, Contact: Jay Blotcher, 845-612-9837, jay@publicimpactpr.com or Alan Klein, 917-720-4017, alan@publicimpactpr.com

Asian Parents Throw a Lifeline to their LGBTQ Children in Powerful, New Asian Family Acceptance Campaign

NQAPIA announces first-ever LGBTQ-positive ads to air on major Asian television networks, backed by multi-city Asian Family Acceptance workshop tour


A news conference will be held on Tuesday, May 17 in NYC followed
by a VIP Reception. Watch the events live-streaming via Meerkat
on Twitter at 5:30 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time.


NEW YORK CITY — Following on the heels of Friday’s historic decision by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education that Title IX of the Civil Rights Act protects transgender students from discrimination in educational settings, NQAPIA will announce a groundbreaking family acceptance campaign designed to bridge the cultural divide that prevents Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (API) children from coming out to their parents. In contrast to the western dynamic, API parents are now opening the closet door for their children.

NQAPIA’s new Asian Family Acceptance Campaign includes a landmark series of emotionally-moving television ads, entitled “Family Is Still Family,” plus a series of in-person workshops around the country, presented by API parents of LGBTQ children. The ads will run for the first time on major international Asian television networks in the U.S. during June for LGBT Pride Month.

A special news conference will unveil these powerful television ads and introduce API and LGBTQ parents and children who will share their stories of heartbreak and triumph. The news conference will take place on Tuesday, May 17 in New York City.

Watch the press conference via Meerkat on Twitter live-streaming at 5:30ET/2:30PT p.m. and again at 6:30ET/3:30PT p.m. The earlier broadcast will be a shortened, 30-minute press conference. The later broadcast will be a longer, 60-minute program where parents and young people will tell their full stories of love, acceptance, and struggle.

Credentialed reporters can listen-in on the press conference by dialing into a conference line: Dial-in number: 1-866-214-4423. Participant code: 9572933#. This line is reserved only for representatives of the news media. Download the NQAPIA Family Is Still Family Media Kit here.

API LGBT youth face unique obstacles to coming out, including the fear of shaming and dishonoring their parents and ancestors. These cultural obstacles often lead to self-loathing, depression, and suicide. NQAPIA’s revolutionary multilingual “Family Is Still Family” advertising campaign removes the specter of shame, silence, and guilt by having parents open the closet door for their kids, offering unconditional love and acceptance. These life-affirming messages are presented in English, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese dialects), Hindi, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Lao, and Tagalog.

Multilingual PSAs
“For generations, a culture of shame and misinformation has kept Asian American youth in the closet,” said Glenn Magpantay, Executive Director of NQAPIA. “Our new Asian Family Acceptance Campaign will break this cycle of shame and suicide by helping API parents, many who are immigrants and bilingual, to open the door to unconditional love and acceptance for their LGBT children.”

The “Family Is Still Family” TV ad campaign will run in June (LGBT Pride Month). The ads are scheduled to air on:

  • SinoVision (Chinese) June 1 to June 7
  • Television Korea 24 (TVK) June 8 to June 14
  • StarTV (South Asian) June 15 to June 21
  • Mnet (Music channel based in South Korean) – ongoing from now to end of June

A different ethnic ad in each language will run each week during June. More placements are still being secured and will be announced shortly

The following API parents and children will share their stories at the May 17 news conference:

  • Joanne Lee: Mother of Skylar, a trans teen in Wisconsin who committed suicide because he felt he lacked family support
  • Pastor Danilo Cortez: A Southern Baptist minister from Los Angeles who works to change anti-LGBT church policy; father of a gay son
  • Marsha Aizumi: Mother of trans son from Pasadena
  • Kham Moua: Gay man and survivor of conversion therapy ordered by his parents
  • Tevin Ith: Out-of-closet college student and member of PrYSM, a queer Southeast Asian and youth of color organization

Chinese PSA
Supporting the PSA campaign is an innovative twelve-city tour of Asian Family Acceptance Workshops, beginning in May, led by parents who appear in the NQAPIA ad campaign. The workshops will offer culturally appropriate peer-support and practical steps to empower API parents to support their LGBTQ children in the coming-out process. Host cities will include Washington, DC; New York City; Chicago; Philadelphia; Atlanta; New Orleans, Seattle; Boston; and San Diego, among others.


NQAPIA thanks the generous support of the Arcus Foundation, David Bohnett Foundation, API Dream Team Giving Circle, CJ Huang Foundation, Asian Pride Project, PFLAG, GSA Network, Advocates for Youth, and Media Sponsor Comcast/NBC Universal.

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NQAPIA is Hiring! Help us build an LGBT AAPI Movement!

Job Annoucement

NQAPIA Organizer

February 2015

 

Title

Organizer

Location

Washington, DC

Job Status

Full-Time

Reports to

NQAPIA Executive Director

Compensation

Commensurate with professional experience

Position Summary

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) seeks an Organizer who will engage NQAPIA’s alliance of local lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations and mobilize the community on variety of efforts, including immigrants’ rights, increasing LGBTQ AAPI visibility, and coordinating and recruiting for trainings, conferences, and leadership Summits. (Exact title may be changed depending on experience.)

The ideal candidate should be a strong team player with a strong interest/background in grassroots organizing, community mobilization, immigration, social justice, and AAPI and LGBTQ issues to further support our programming and local and national field actions.

About NQAPIA

The National Queer Asian Pacific IslanderAlliance is a federation of LGBTQ AAPI organizations. We seek to build the organizational capacity of local LGBTQ AAPIgroups, develop leadership, promote visibility, educate our community, enhance grassroots organizing, expand collaborations, and challenge homophobia and racism.

Responsibilities

Membership Engagement and Leadership Development: Build relationships with local AAPI LGBTQ organizations. Encourage and support local advocacy and mobilization around immigrants’ rights and social justice. Promote leadership development through NQAPIA trainings at Leadership Summits and conferences.

Immigration Advocacy: Maintain NQAPIA’s advocacy work on immigrants’ rights. Support local field activities, provide national coordination with to amplify collective voice around immigrants’ rights, and connect with policy advocates in Washington, DC. Attend monthly meetings of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA).

Media: Support NQAPIA’s communications work to amplify messages in the media (news media, social media, etc.) around immigrants’ rights, issues affecting AAPI and LGBTQ communities, and LGBTQ AAPI visibility. Promote NQAPIA’s “Uncovering Our Stories” campaign to highlight AAPI LGBTQ immigration issues.

Skills and Experience

Organizing Experience: At least 2-3 years of grassroots organizing experience (or related experience). Strong ability to cultivate individual relationships to inspire and support others to take action.

Leadership Development Skills: Strong ability to promote and train new leaders and facilitate meetings.

Strong Self-Starter: The ability to develop new ideas on how to accomplish goals and the wherewithal to get the work done.

Knowledge of Immigration: Working knowledge of immigration, immigration policy, and immigrant communities is helpful.

Knowledge of AAPI LGBTQ Communities: Relationships with AAPI LGBTQ organizations, leaders, and advocates is helpful. Knowledge of Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and/ or Pacific Islander languages is not required, but definitely a plus.

Passion for Social Justice Work: Motivation to create change and dogged persistence will be critical to run a campaign with many moving pieces.

Comfortable with Technology and Virtual Communication: An ability to work with local partners across the country across different communications platforms (e.g., telephone, e-mail, social media).

Education and Training: A college degree or 4-5 years of commensurate experience in the field is required.

Salary

Salary is competitive and is dependent on skills and experience. Health insurance, vacation, and other benefits are included.

To Apply

Submit a one-page cover letter describing your qualifications and a current resume to Glenn Magpantay at glenn_magpantay@nqapia.org with the subject line “NQAPIA Organizer.”

Organizer PDF Job Description

Applications due by Feb. 23, 2015 or until filled.