Support Available to attend AAPI Institute at Creating Change

NQAPIA is, for the third year in a row, helping plan an all day AAPI Institute at The National Conference on  LGBT Equality: Creating Change.  Thanks to our friends at the Queer Justice Fund of Asian Americans/ Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy and API Equality- Northern California, a special fund is available to support participation in the AAPI Institute.

This scholarship is being offered to assist in bringing underserved and underrepresented Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to the Task Force’s Creating Change Conference to attend the day-long AAPI Institute. The scholarship will provide transportation and/or lodging, but not registration to the conference. In order to apply for this scholarship, you must complete this form by December 31, 2012. When the committee decides on who will receive the scholarship, all recipients will need to be accessible by phone between January 4th – January 7th to finalize your accommodations. Additionally, you are required to attend the day-long AAPI Institute on Thursday, January 24th and arrive before 8PM on Wednesday, the 23rd.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Planning Committee of the first AAPI Institute at 2011 Creating Change

NQAPIA Recognizes Transgender Day of Remembrance

Since 1998, the Transgender Day of Remembrance has stood as a reminder of the toll transphobia has taken on our communities and to memorialize the lives of those we have lost through senseless violence.

The Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community is no stranger to transphobia, as well as a host of other forms of violence (racism, xenophobia, anti-religious extremism, and more).  Today, NQAPIA recognizes the members of our communities we have lost, celebrates the resilience that those of us who are transgender build together, and stands in solidarity with them and with all people of good conscience to work for a better future for us all.

 

Resources:

Injustice at Every Turn:  Special report on AAPI respondents to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, published in collaboration with the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

transAPIvoices:  Youtube channel dedicated to sharing the stories of AAPI trans and gender nonconforming people

White House:  Statement on the White House meeting with transgender advocates and leaders

Trainings for AAPI Election Protection Program–This Week!

NQAPIA is a partner with the Election Protection Program with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund.  We’re excited to bring our local networks on Election Day to make sure that our communities are best able to take part in the political process.

Your help is needed to make sure this happens!  The exit polls we will help gather ask questions about same sex marriage in Asian American languages- if we don’t have enough volunteers, we will not be able to get the best data directly from our communities in the languages they speak.

Sign up to volunteer here, and attend any of the trainings below.  For more information, contact Ben de Guzman via e-mail at ben_deguzman@nqapia.org.

SCHEDULE OF AALDEF ELECTION PROTECTION PROGRAM TRAININGS

Tues., Oct. 23 – Philadelphia, PA

12N – Duane Morris, 30 South 17th Street, between Chestnut and Market
6PM – Pepper Hamilton, 3000 Two Logan Square, Eighteenth and Arch Streets

6PM – University of Pennsylvania APALSA, Gittis 2

 

Wed., Oct. 24 – Washington, DC

12N – Crowell & Moring, 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, between 10th and 11th Streets

4PM – Georgetown Law School, 600 New Jersey Ave, NW, McDonough, Room 164
6PM – Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, 901 New York Avenue, NW, at K Street

 

Thurs., Oct. 25 – Boston, MA

12N – Ropes & Gray LLP; Prudential Tower, 800 Boylston Street, at Fairfield

2:30PM – Suffolk University Law School,120 Tremont Street, Room 275
6PM – Edwards Wildman Palmer, 111 Huntington Avenue, at Holyoke

 

Fri., Oct. 26 – Boston, MA

12PM – Harvard Law School APALSA

3PM – New England Law, 154 Stuart Street, Room 303

 

Tues., Oct. 30 – New York, NY

6PM – Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, 4 Times Square, 42nd St. east of Broadway

Trainings for AAPI Election Protection Program- This Week!

NQAPIA is a partner with the Election Protection Program with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund.  We’re excited to bring our local networks on Election Day to make sure that our communities are best able to take part in the political process.

Your help is needed to make sure this happens!  The exit polls we will help gather ask questions about same sex marriage in Asian American languages- if we don’t have enough volunteers, we will not be able to get the best data directly from our communities in the languages they speak.

Sign up to volunteer here, and attend any of the trainings below.  For more information, contact Ben de Guzman via e-mail at ben_deguzman@nqapia.org.

SCHEDULE OF AALDEF ELECTION PROTECTION PROGRAM TRAININGS

Tues., Oct. 23 – Philadelphia, PA

12N – Duane Morris, 30 South 17th Street, between Chestnut and Market
6PM – Pepper Hamilton, 3000 Two Logan Square, Eighteenth and Arch Streets

6PM – University of Pennsylvania APALSA, Gittis 2

 

Wed., Oct. 24 – Washington, DC

12N – Crowell & Moring, 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, between 10th and 11th Streets

4PM – Georgetown Law School, 600 New Jersey Ave, NW, McDonough, Room 164
6PM – Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, 901 New York Avenue, NW, at K Street

 

Thurs., Oct. 25 – Boston, MA

12N – Ropes & Gray LLP; Prudential Tower, 800 Boylston Street, at Fairfield

2:30PM – Suffolk University Law School,120 Tremont Street, Room 275
6PM – Edwards Wildman Palmer, 111 Huntington Avenue, at Holyoke

 

Fri., Oct. 26 – Boston, MA

12PM – Harvard Law School APALSA

3PM – New England Law, 154 Stuart Street, Room 303

 

Tues., Oct. 30 – New York, NY

6PM – Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, 4 Times Square, 42nd St. east of Broadway

Webinar for Trans AAPI College Students: Wednesday, October 24

NQAPIA is working with the National Center for Transgender Equality’s Trans On-Campus Non-Discrimination Information Program to sponsor a Webinar for Trans AAPI college students.  The Webinar will be held on Wednesday, October 24 at 3pm Eastern.

Sign up to find out more about how to protect and ensure your safety on your college campus by logging on here: https://secure.commonground.convio.com/ncte/nqapiawebinar/

Kay Ulanday Barrett at the 2012 NQAPIA Conference

NQAPIA Jointly Releases Report on LGBT Families of Color

Children Living in LGBT Families of Color Face Double Jeopardy

Archaic family laws, LGBT social stigma, and racial/ethnic discrimination combine to create disparate impact

February 28, 2012

MEDIA CONTACT:

Steve Majors | Communications Director

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — A new report released today shows how children living in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) families of color have become collateral damage of antiquated laws, social stigma, and discrimination.

LGBT Families of Color: Facts at a Glance offers a snapshot of how racial and ethnic discrimination, anti-LGBT social stigma and outdated family laws intersect to hurt children living in LGBT families of color. Driven by the need to shed light on the double jeopardy faced by these children and families, the report brings together acoalition of public policy and family advocacy organizations: The National Black Justice Coalition, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, UNID@S, the Fighting Injustice to Reach Equality (FIRE) initiative, the Family Equality Council, the Movement Advancement Project and the Center for American Progress.

LGBT Families of Color: Facts at a Glance is available online at www.children-matter.org.

LGBT PEOPLE OF COLOR ARE MORE LIKELY TO PARENT

“Contrary to popular stereotypes, both black and Latino gay and lesbian couples are morelikely to raise children than their white counterparts,” said Sharon Lettman-Hicks, executive director and CEO of the National Black Justice Coalition. “Gay and lesbian couples of color are also more likely to become foster parents.”

The report finds that:

  • LGBT families are more racially and ethnically diverse than families headed by married heterosexual couples. Of same-sex couples with children, 41% are people of color, compared to 34% of married different-sex couples with children.
  • LGBT families of color face greater poverty. For example, 32% of children raised by black same-sex couples live in poverty, compared to 13% of children raised by black married different-sex couples and 7% of children raised by white married different-sex couples.

 

CHILDREN RAISED IN LGBT FAMILIES OF COLORCONFRONT A DUAL BURDEN OF SOCIAL STIGMA AND DISCRIMINATION

“Asian/Pacific Islander and Latino families are disproportionately foreign-born,” said Ben de Guzman, from the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance. “Children in these LGBT families of color face the triple burden of race-based discrimination,homophobia, and xenophobia. LGBT families where the parents or children areimmigrants are particularly vulnerable.”

Children being raised in LGBT families ofcolor also face:

  • Decreased access to health insurance.  While 74% of white workers receive health insurance coverage through work, only 42% of Latino workers, 50% of black workers, and 69% of Asian/Pacific Islander workers receive such coverage through their employers. LGBT families also face reduced access because most employers are not required to cover either the same-sex partners of their workers or that partner’s children.
  • Bullying and harassment impeding their ability to learn.  Children may be bullied or harassed based on their own race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity—or that of their parents. For example, a survey of LGBT parents and their school-age children found that 40% of students with LGBT parents reported being verbally harassed because of their families, and 43% of students of color with LGBT parents said that they had experienced harassment because of their race and ethnicity.

“In addition to racial/ethnic stereotypes and discrimination, LGBT families of color also face invisibility within the broader communities to which they belong and may have difficulty accessing appropriate services,” said Lisbeth Melendez Rivera, executive director of UNID@S.  “For instance, LGBT organizations are often based in LGBT neighborhoods, but many Latina/o LGBT families do not live in these areas. On the other hand, Latina/o organizations may not have created safe spaces for LGBT families.”

COMMON-SENSE SOLUTIONS

LGBT Families of Color: Facts at a Glance is a companion to the All Children Matter: How Legal and Social Inequalities Hurt LGBT Families report released in October 2011. It summarizes 12 common-sense legal, policy and cultural solutions that, taken together, could virtually eliminate the legal inequities that hurt children living in LGBT families of color. Some of those solutions include:

  • Legally recognizing LGBT families of color via parental recognition laws at the state level; marriage for gay and lesbian couples; and pathways to immigration and citizenship for binational and immigrant LGBT families.
  • Providing LGBT families of color with equal access to government-based economic protections such as safety net programs. Consistent, broad definitions of family within these programs should include domestic partners and other de facto parents.
  • Providing LGBT families of color and their children with equal access to health care and health insurance, as well as medical decision-making ability.
  • Protecting LGBT families of color and their children with non-discrimination laws and anti-bullying policies.
  • Provide LGBT families of color with accessible and culturally competent programs, services and support.

ABOUT THE REPORT PARTNERS AND CO-AUTHORS

The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. NBJC’s mission is to end racism andhomophobia. Learn more at www.nbjc.org.

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is a federation of LGBTQ Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations seeking to build the capacity of local LGBT AAPI organizations, invigorate grassroots organizing, develop leadership, and challenge homophobia, racism, and anti-immigrant bias. Learn more at www.nqapia.org.

The mission of Unid@s, the National Latina/oLesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Human Rights Organization is to create a multi-issue approach for advocacy, education and convening of and for ourcommunities. Guided by economic justice, feminist, environmental and pro-peace values, UNID@S joins a global effort to transform systems and policies to create the just and equitable world we know possible. Learn more at www.unidoslgbt.com.

Founded in 2006, the Movement Advancement Project is an independent think tank that provides rigorous research, insight and analysis that help speed equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Learn more at www.lgbtmap.org.

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, Family Equality Council connects, supports, and represents the one million lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents in this country and the two million children they are raising. Learn more atwww.familyequality.org.

The Center for American Progress (CAP) is a nonpartisan research and educational institute dedicated to promoting a strong, just and free America that ensures opportunity for all. The Fighting Injustice to Reach Equality Initiative (FIRE) atCAP explores the intersections of race, sexual orientation, economics, and public policy.Learn more at www.americanprogress.org