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What Do We Mean when We Say #APIs4BlackLives?

Why and how do we show up in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives? What do we really mean when we say #APIs4BlackLives?

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Click the image to watch NQAPIA’s QAPIs4BlackLives video

Hear members of the NQAPIA family talk about their personal experiences with police, where their solidarity comes from, and why they are engaged in their communities to support local #BlackLivesMatter organizing. Hear from some of the voices that are typically marginalized in Asian spaces: Southeast Asians, South Asians, trans & gender non-conforming folks, working-class people, and people at the intersection of these and other identities.

Now is the time to have hard conversations about solidarity in our communities. Please share our #QAPIs4BlackLives video (bit.ly/QAPIs4BlackLivesVideo) on Facebook andTwitter and lift up these API voices that we rarely hear.

Are you interested in continuing this conversation in your community space, organization, or school? Email sasha@nqapia.org to talk about scheduling a training.

South Asian Parents who Love their LGBT Kids – PSA

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South Asian Parents who Love their LGBT Kids – PSA

Wouldn’t it be amazing to have Asian American parents who love their LGBT kids say that… on television… in Hindi? In June, tune in to your local Asian Television station, and see for yourselves!

Translated materials are also available in BengaliGujaratiPunjabiUrduArabic, and Hindi.

NQAPIA and the Asian Pride Project collaborated to develop a series of multilingual public service announcements (PSA)—short, beautiful videos of Asian American, South Asian, and Southeast Asian parents who love their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) children.

South Asian ethnic television stations will air these videos during the month of June.

English with Hindi subtitles – Vinay Chaudhry, an Indian father of a genderqueer child
Hindi with English subtitles – Kamlesh and Harcharan Bagga, Indian parents of a gay son

Throughout the LGBT Pride Month, we are also releasing videos featuring other Asian, South Asian, and Southeast Asian parents of gay men, lesbian daughters, transgender, and genderqueer kids. Our goals are to diversify the faces of parents who have LGBT kids and to promote understanding and acceptance.

 

Translated “Family is Still Family, Love is Still Love”

Multilingual Leaflets in 19 Asian Languages

NQAPIA and parents developed a series of one-page, translated leaflets for parents who have LGBT kids. The multilingual leaflets answer basic questions about being LGBT and dispel common misperceptions. They are in nineteen (19) Asian languages and scripts—the largest number of languages ever translated from a single LGBT document.

Hindi (click to view and download)
Gujarati (click to view and download)
Punjabi (click to view and download)
Bengali (click to view and download)
Urdu (click to view and download)
Arabic (click to view and download)

We hope the videos and written materials will be helpful resources for young people (and really anyone) who aim to come out to their parents.

The Past Seven Days and What’s Next

The Past Seven Days and What’s Next

Seven days ago, NQAPIA kicked off a whole week of whirlwind activity. A quick overview:

  • Friday 3/21: I joined my NQAPIA Co-Director Glenn Magpantay and SALGA-NYC’s Karen Naimool to provide a training for the We Build Community cohort of South Asian Americans Leading Together. Because Nico Quintana from the DC Trans Coalition also provided training specific to transgender communities, NQAPIA’s “LGB/Q” training gave local South Asian organizations tools and resources to better think about creating space for queer South Asian people in their communities and programs.
  • Saturday 3/22: NQAPIA took a break from one South Asian crew to join another as we hosted local DC partner KhushDC’s Queer Women’s History Month event. Using technology to bring together contingents from Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco, CA, Madison, WI, Chicago, IL, and Toronto, Canada, participants held a national dialogue about increasing membership and involvement by queer women, transgender, and gender non-conforming people. All in all, a memorable weekend with South Asian LGBTQ and allied people building community and justice.
  • Tuesday 3/25: LGBT AAPI leaders from Boston, MA, the Bay Area, CA, and Washington, DC joined the National Council of Asian Pacific American’s (NCAPA) solidarity fast for We Belong Together and the #Fast4Families campaign. My fast took place during the Alliance for Citizenship’s Campaign Summit where I built up more hunger for immigration reform and justice for families torn apart by deportation. The following day, the NCAPA issued a statement about the House Democrat’s “discharge petition,” and our ongoing work to fight for immigrant families.

The action doesn’t stop here. In the next week, we’ve got even more action happening:

  • Saturday 3/28: NQAPIA’s 2014 Community Catalyst Awards will honor Q-WAVE on their 10th anniversary, as well as activists Namita Chad and Andy Marra. It’s going to be a full house in TriBeCa, and we’re looking forward to bringing the New York City area community together!
  • Friday 4/4: NQAPIA will launch its 2014 Regional Summits with events in Atlanta, GA (4/4-6) and Portland, OR (4/11-4/13). We’re looking forward to joining our local partners in the South and Pacific Northwest to build skills, build community, and build ACTION!

Keep up with us on our web site and blog, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and we’re sure we’ll be in your neck of the woods soon!

In partnership,

Ben de Guzman, NQAPIA Co-Director for Programs