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#QueerAzaadi: Virtual Support

Want to support this weekend of action for #QueerAzaadi, but can’t come to an event in person? We would love your support by amplifying our work through social media!

We’d love for trans and queer Muslims to take over social media on Sunday 9/10 at 5PT / 7CT / 8ET. Can you join us?

You can use the sample tweets and posts below. We’ll also have pictures from our actions in Los Angeles, Washington DC, Boston and Austin on our social media by then as well – we’d really appreciate a repost!

Sample Tweets:

  • Ava Le’Ray Barrin. Nabra Hassanen. Srinivas Kuchibhotla. Killed by Islamophobia transphobia anti-Blackness. We <3 you. #QueerAzaadi @NQAPIA
  • We celebrate ourselves on 9/11: our lives, stories & resistance as QTPOC in struggle towards #QueerAzaadi nqapia.org/queerazaadi @NQAPIA
  • We cannot separate being harassed bc of gender identity from being harassed for the color of our skin. So we fight for #QueerAzaadi @NQAPIA
  • There is no Trans Liberation within Islamophobia–or vice versa. We fight for #QueerAzaadi #NoMuslimBanEver #BlackTransLivesMatter @NQAPIA
  • On 9/11, listen to Trans and Queer Muslim voices. #QueerAzaadi #RedefineSecurity #NoMuslimBanEver #BlackMuslimLivesMatter @NQAPIA
  • Islamophobia & anti-Blackness reinforce each other. Trust Black Muslim voices. #QueerAzaadi #BlackMuslimLivesMatter #NoMuslimBanEver @NQAPIA
  • We support Trans & Queer Muslims reclaiming & creating healing spaces on 9/11 #QueerAzaadi #NoMuslimBanEver #BlackMuslimLivesMatter @NQAPIA

Sample Fbook Posts:

  • We support the @National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance and dozens of partner organizations in reclaiming 9/11 towards #QueerAzaadi / Queer Liberation. On this day, the intersections between Islamophobia, transphobia, xenophobia and anti-Blackness are even more clear. We join them to #RiseUpFightBack with trans and queer Muslims voices in the forefront!

    #QueerAzaadi #NoMuslimBanEver #BlackMuslimLivesMatter #BlackTransLivesMatter

    www.nqapia.org/queerazaadi

  • Ava Le’Ray Barrin, 17 years old.
    Nabra Hassanen, 17 years old.
    Jaquarrius Holland, 18 years old.
    Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32 years old.

    We honor and mourn the dead, and we fight like hell for the living.

    2017 has seen a rise in the murders of Black trans women, of Black people killed by police violence, of Muslims and those mistaken for Muslim killed in Islamophobic hate crimes. We join the @National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance and dozens of partner organizations in a weekend of action, mourning and celebration on 9/11, towards #QueerAzaadi / Queer Liberation.

    #QueerAzaadi #NoMuslimBanEver #BlackMuslimLivesMatter #BlackTransLivesMatter

    www.nqapia.org/queerazaadi

  • 9/11 is certainly not the only moment that marks the policing, profiling and surveillance of our communities. Yet agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), policies such as the PATRIOT Act, and registries such as the National Security Entry – Exit Registration System (NSEERS) grew from the Islamophobia that followed that day. These policies are Islamophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, anti-Black forms of state violence that have only multiplied in the last 16 years.

    So, on 9/11, we join @National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance and dozens of partner organizations in refusing any more state-sponsored hate and surveillance. We fight instead for #QueerAzaadi / Queer Liberation

    #QueerAzaadi #NoMuslimBanEver #BlackMuslimLivesMatter #BlackTransLivesMatter

    www.nqapia.org/queerazaadi

NQAPIA Delivers 971 Postcards to Trump to Preserve DACA

Today, the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) delivered 971 postcards from LGBTQ Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, Pacific Islanders (APIs) and allies from across the country urging Mr. Trump and Congress to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program has helped thousands of LGBTQ API young people trying to work, study, and improve their lives in this country. The elimination of DACA will take away employment opportunities, educational opportunities, and even the slightest relief from fears of deportation.

APIs are the fastest growing racial group in the United States today and the largest segment of new immigrants. 169,000 APIs are eligible for DACA. There is an estimated 267,000 undocumented immigrants who are LGBTQ, of which a disproportionate share is API. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, about 16,000 people from South Korea, the Philippines, India, and Pakistan have benefitted from DACA.

Glenn D. Magpantay, NQAPIA Executive Director, said: “DACA was never a perfect program, but it was a step in the right direction. President Trump’s mean-spirited cancellation of DACA will force 800,000 people to live in even greater fear. Hard-working DACA young people are the ones who are truly making America great.” For example:

Tony Choi is a 28 year-old, gay, Korean DACA beneficiary from New Jersey. In 2010, his options were to live a closeted life taking care of his mother with cancer in the US or return to Korea where his LGBTQ identity would subject him to harsh hazing for two years in the mandatory military service. Korean military penal law also criminalizes homosexuality. Watch Tony’s story.

Bupendra Ram is a South Asian from Fiji who came to the United States when he was only 2 years old. With the support of his mother, he is the first person in his family to attain a college degree. Read Bupendra’s story.

These stories demonstrate how DACA and other programs have protected LGBTQ APIs from harassment, discrimination, and hardship.

Sasha W., NQAPIA Organizing Director, added: “By taking away DACA, like enacting the Muslim Ban, the Trans Military Ban, and more, Trump continues to make large numbers of the American people vulnerable to continued attacks. We will never stop fighting with and for our undocumented LGBTQ API people, and all queer and trans people of color.”

Magpantay continued, “NQAPIA, which has long fought hard to preserve DACA and for immigrants’ rights, will take our fight to Congress. We urge Congress to codify DACA into law.”

Take Action

Sign the National Immigration Law Center petition to help defend DACA.

#HereToStay nqapia.org/uncovering-our-stories #DefendDACA

#QueerAzaadi: A National Call for Mourning, Action, & Celebration on 9/11

 #QueerAzaadi // Queer Liberation

A National Call for Action, Mourning, & Celebration on the Weekend of 9/11

Ava Le’Ray Barrin, 17 years old.
Nabra Hassanen, 17 years old.
Jaquarrius Holland, 18 years old.
Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32 years old.

These are just a few of the people that our communities have lost to hate crimes and state violence this year. 2017 has seen a rise in the murders of Black trans women, of Black people killed by police violence, of Muslims and those mistaken for Muslim killed in Islamophobic hate crimes. As queer and trans Muslims, South Asians, and APIs, we know that these forms of violence are connected. We cannot separate being harassed because of our gender identities from being harassed because of the color of our skin. Transphobia, islamophobia, anti-Blackness, and xenophobia all reinforce each other in our lives.

#QueerAzaadi

This is the year of Trump’s election and the Muslim Ban. This is a year that trans people have fought multiple attacks on our humanity. This is a year that anti-Muslim hate groups have multiplied in a way we haven’t experienced since September 11th, 2001. 9/11 is certainly not the only moment that marks the policing, profiling and surveillance of our communities. Yet agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), policies such as the PATRIOT Act, and registries such as the National Security Entry – Exit Registration System (NSEERS) grew from the Islamophobia that followed that day. These policies are Islamophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, anti-Black forms of state violence that have only multiplied in the last 16 years.

 

For this reason, we will mark the 16th anniversary of 9/11 with a national day of

ACTION

to lift up our voices and create empowering space led by trans and queer Muslims

MOURNING

for all those who have been taken from us too soon

& CELEBRATING

our resistance, resilience, and survival

 

We will lift up the names of all of our people who have been lost to state-sanctioned violence and hate crimes – whether at the hands of law enforcement, immigration enforcement, vigilantes, or white supremacists. And, we will celebrate ourselves on 9/11: our lives, our stories, and our resistance as LGBTQ people of color, in struggle towards #QueerAzaadi / Liberation.

Will you join us?

We have actions planned in Austin, Boston, Chicago, DC, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Philadelphia.

Click on your city to get involved. Email sasha@nqapia.org for more details, and if you or your organization is willing to lead an action in your city!

Virtual Support

Want to support this weekend of action for #QueerAzaadi, but can’t come to an event in person? We would love your support by amplifying our work through social media!

We’d love for trans and queer Muslims to take over social media on Sunday 9/10 at 5PT / 7CT / 8ET. Can you join us?

Click this link to find sample tweets and posts. We’ll also have pictures from our actions in Los Angeles, Washington DC, Boston, and Austin on our social media by then as well – we’d really appreciate a repost!

Click to view select photos and reflections from many of the actions.

In the News

Check out these articles from Colorlines and the Washington Blade.

Our Goals

  • Reclaiming spaces in which we are normally terrorized: creating spaces that feel empowering for QT Muslim/South Asian/Brown/Black folks on 9/11
  • Lifting up Queer Muslim voices: creating a narrative shift by centering queer and trans Muslim voices in our communities and in media on 9/11
  • Shifting narrative around hate crimes: connecting systems of Islamophobia, transphobia, xenophobia and anti-Blackness in words and actions
  • Building our own capacity: creating safer space for our people to try on planning and being part of direct action
  • Organizing visible mass resistance to the Muslim Ban, and the whole surveillance/security state apparatus, before the SCOTUS hearing on Oct 10th

Partners

#VigilantLove Coalition
18 Million Rising
Advocates for Youth

APALA
API Equality LA
API Equality Northern California

API Resistance
Asian American Resource Workshop
DC Justice for Muslims
Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement
Gender Justice LA

GetEQUAL

GSA Network
hotpot!
Invisible 2 Invincible: API Pride of Chicago
Justice Warriors for Black Lives
KhushATX
KhushDC
Muslim Justice League
National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development
Nikkei Progressives
Philly South Asian Coalition
QAPA
Queer Muslims of Boston
Satrang
South Asian Americans Leading Together
Southerners on New Ground
SWANA – LA
Transgender Law Center
Trikone Chicago
Tuesday Night Project
UndocuBlack Network
Washington Peace Center
White People for Black Lives – LA

#QueerAzaadi #NQAPIA

Professional Networking Receptions

We are celebrating the great diversity within our profession and supporting LGBT Asian American and South Asian professionals in corporate, finance, and law through networking receptions in four cities. These annual receptions are co-sponsored by several local and national specialty bar associations.

Professional Networking Receptions

Cities

LOS ANGELES
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Paul Hastings LLP
515 South Flower Street, 25th floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
SAN FRANCISCO 
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
235 Montgomery Street, 17th floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
NEW YORK
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Gibson Dunn LLP
200 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10166-0193
WASHINGTON, DC 
Thursday, October 26, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Booz Allen Innovation Center  
901 15th  Street, N.W., 1st floor
Washington, DC 20001

RSVP

The receptions are free and open to all, but all proceeds will support NQAPIA legal referral program for LGBT AAPI undocumented immigrants, young people, and organizations. All donations are fully tax-deductible.

RSVP at bit.ly/prorsvp

Contact

Glenn D. Magpantay, Esq.
NQAPIA Executive Director and AABANY LGBT Committee Chair
glenn_magpantay@nqapia.org
917-439-3158

Fact Sheet: Texas SB4’s Impact on LGBT & Asian Communities

What is Texas Senate Bill 4?

On May 4, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law SB4, one of the nation’s most rigorous anti-immigrant laws passed since Donald Trump took office. It bans “sanctuary cities” where immigrants are protected in that local police officers are limited in asking for or disclosing someone’s immigration status.

The Texas bill would enable local police to ask about someone’s immigration status when they are initially detained — even if they have not yet been charged with a crime. Those who do not comply with the law could be fined up to $25,500 per day and face misdemeanor charges.

The bill is scheduled to go into effect on September 1, 2017.

What has the response been so far?

Just one day after Texas’ governor signed the bill into law, city and county officials in Texas filed a lawsuit against both the Governor and State Attorney General Ken Paxton. Since then, the four largest cities in Texas – Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin – have joined the lawsuit, along with other organizations throughout Texas. Supporters of the lawsuit argue that the bill would violate the Constitution by impeding free speech and equal protection. Several local and national civil rights groups, labor unions and legal experts have condemned the law.

How would Texas Senate Bill 4 affect LGBTQ and API communities?

Immigrants’ rights and LGBTQ rights are deeply intertwined.

Asian Americans are the fastest-growing racial minority group in the country. Asian Americans are also the largest segment of both legal and undocumented immigrants coming to the U.S. One million Asian Americans are undocumented. In Texas, 44% of the state’s population is Latino, Asian American, or Arab American. Texas SB 4 would equally subject both Latino and Asian Americans to illegal profiling regarding immigration status.

There is an estimated 263,000 LGBTQ API immigrants, of which nearly 40,000 are undocumented. Studies have found the LGBT undocumented immigrant population to be disproportionately Asian.

Texas SB 4 would subject LGBT people who are ethnic and racial minorities to discriminatory stops and unlimited questioning about their immigration status by local law enforcement.

Moreover, LGBT people have also been historically harassed by local law enforcement.  Not too long ago, same-sex sexual relations were illegal and police often raided gay bars.  We must take a stand against Texas Senate Bill 4, because no one should be singled out and discriminated against merely for looking Latino, gay, Asian, queer, Muslim, or trans.

What you can do?

First, read up on the details and an analysis of the bill here and know your rights under the bill, which are clearly explained here.

Second, help your LGBTQ and API family take a stand against the bill by writing a letter to city mayors, council members, and other local officials in Texas localities that have not yet joined the lawsuit challenging the bill. For instance, Fort Worth City Council has not yet voted on the matter.

Third, join the fight. NQAPIA works with several LGBTQ API community groups in Texas, including Coalition of Houston Asian Americans (CHAA), Khush-ATX in Austin, and Dragonflies in Dallas who are standing up for our community.

Read this in Chinese (NQAPIA Fact Sheet Texas SB4 Chinese), Urdu (NQAPIA Fact Sheet Texas SB4 Urdu), and Vietnamese (NQAPIA Fact Sheet Texas SB4 Vietnamese).

A Love Letter to our People

To our trans and gender non-conforming fam:

To all of us. It’s been a rough year. It’s been a rough few years. Hell, it’s been rough for as long as we can remember.

Last week, our trans and GNC communities became the latest political pawn in Trump’s hellish games. We’re writing to say that we feel this pain, as you do too, and we are here for you, in whatever ways you need. We reject militarism and imperialism and neocolonialism, always. And we refuse to stay silent as Trump comes for you, for us, for our people again and again and again.

This isn’t a statement. We aren’t drawing from a well of political analysis to find the perfect theories to explain this moment. This isn’t perfect. This is a proclamation of our love for our trans and GNC communities. This is for us. This is simply to say: We see you. We see ourselves, in all of our nuances and hxstories and complexities. We see all of us as brilliant beings, each of us far more than political pawns to be used to distract attention. Our dreams, desires, and livelihoods are so often overshadowed by the public’s obsession with our pain and our deaths. And so, we commit to continue building spaces and communities and movements with our lives in the center.

Shit’s tough – as it always has been for our people – but we are still here, still fighting, still laughing, still mobilizing, still loving. We are still here in all of our multiplicity and our fucked-up-ness and our magic and our brilliance. We are still here, carrying with us our loved ones and our communities and our ancestors and our transcestors, past, future, and present, as we move together towards liberation.

We are still here, and we love you.

We love you.

We love you.

And if you need anything, please feel free to reach out. Hit us up. Check in on one another. Hold space to grieve, to celebrate, to heal, and to live fully — experiencing all of the chaos and beauty and magic that is part of our legacy. And know that we have your back, now and always.

With love,

Bryan Chen, Audrey Kuo, Sasha W.
Trans Justice Working Group
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)

Action Alert: Don’t Repeal our Healthcare!

Don’t Repeal our Healthcare!

We need to continue fighting the attack on our communities from Trump’s administration. Republicans in both the house and the senate have been scheming to take away our access to affordable healthcare, and we can’t let them leave our communities in the dark! At the beginning of May, the House passed a Trumpcare bill that strips coverage from 23 million Americans. We must stop the Senate from doing the same.

TAKE ACTION: Call your Senator

Stop the Senate from passing any kind of “Trumpcare” by finding and calling your senator or dialing 866-426-2631!

Use this message:

“Hello, my name is ________. I am a constituent of Senator ____________, and I am calling to ask them to vote against repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act with the American Health Care Act. I want to relay a clear message that it’s critical that the provisions and benefits of the Affordable Care Act remain in place. Since its passage, 20 million Americans have gained health care coverage and receive a record low uninsured rate.”

Talk about how it affects AAPI communities:

“Over two million AAPI people could lose health insurance coverage under the repeal bill—and many more women of color and low-income women could lose access to preventive health and reproductive health services.”

Talk about how it affects the LGBTQ community: (Click the image on the right to expand it in a new window.)

“In states without non-discrimination policies, the Affordable Care Act is our non-discrimination protection. That means LGBT couples can enroll for insurance without fear of exclusion. On top of that, people can’t be denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions, like HIV or even cancer.”

Combine statistics with a personal story:

“I have personally benefited from the Affordable Care Act by (no longer having a lifetime or annual cap on coverage, having access to free contraception, getting coverage even with my pre-existing condition, receiving no-cost prevenative services as a transgender person, etc.)”

Our AAPI LGBT community needs access to healthcare, and we can’t afford to fight discriminatory barriers. Let’s flood the Senate phone lines with our concerns and show them how much our community cares for one another. Our power and resilience shows we are stronger together.

NQAPIA thanks our allies at NAPAWF for their help in developing this Action Alert.

#NQAPIA #ResistTrump

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