Love Opens the Closet Door

In the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community, coming out is difficult. LGBTQ children feel their honesty about sexual orientation will shame or dishonor parents, but staying in the closet takes a greater toll, causing isolation, depression, and even suicide.

NQAPIA provides a solution to this dilemma: our Family Acceptance Workshops offer API parents the support and tools they need to open a dialog with their children about coming out.

This is the first step towards closer, more loving relationships—and saving lives.

In a confidential environment, these workshops will be led by the parents who appear in our “Family is Still Family” PSA Campaign. They have personally experienced the confusion and fear of learning they have LGBT kids, but they pushed through the crisis, offering love, support, and acceptance. They will help you begin the crucial conversation with your own children.

Throughout May for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and June for LGBT Pride Month, our parents will travel across the country to share their stories that help us to remember that Family is Still Family, Love is Still Love.

RSVP

Join us at any of our workshops by RSVP’ing here: bit.ly/rsvpfamilyacceptance. Click each city to learn more about the local program.

Support

All of our workshops are FREE to attend, but if you would like to support our family acceptance work, you can donate at bit.ly/supportfamilyacceptance.

City & Hosts

Featured Parents

Event Details

Shibuya, Tokyo
Nijiiro Diversity, Rainbow Soup, LGBT Youth Japan, & PFLAG NYC
Clara, Korean mother of a bisexual, transgender son
Aya, Japanese mother of a gay daughter
Friday, May 6
Seoul, Korea
Parents of LGBTQ Children in Korea
Clara, Korean mother of a bisexual, transgender son Saturday, May 14
4:00 p.m.
Washington, DC
KhushDC & AQUA
Laurin, mixed-race Japanese mother of a gay son
Manjula & Balan, Indian parents of a transgender daughter
Saturday, May 14
1:00 p.m.
DC Center
New York
GAPIMNY & QWAVE
Clara, Korean mother of a bisexual, transgender son
Laurin, mixed-race Japanese mother of a gay son
Joanne, Korean mother of transgender children
Wednesday, May 18
7:00 p.m.
The LGBT Center
Chicago
i2i
Marsha, Japanese mother of a transgender son
Danny, Filipino father of a gay son
Joanne, Korean mother of transgender children
Sunday, May 22
3:30 p.m.
Lake View
Lutheran Church
Philadelphia
HotPot!
Clara, Korean mother of a bisexual, transgender son
Joanne, Korean mother of transgender children
Saturday, June 11
7:00 p.m.
Leeway Foundation
Atlanta
NQAPIA
Clara, Korean mother of a bisexual, transgender son
Michelle, Japanese mother of a transgender daughter
Barbara, Filipino mother of a lesbian daughter
Saturday, June 18
12:00 noon
Center for Pan Asian Community Services
New Orleans
VAYLA
Marsha, Japanese mother of a transgender son
Mama Ha, Vietnamese mother of a transgender son
Thursday, June 23
6:00 p.m.
VAYLA
Seattle
Noor/Trikone
Marsha, Japanese mother of a transgender son
Manjula & Balan, Indian parents of a transgender daughter
Sunday, July 10
3:00 p.m.
El Centro de la Raza
Boston
QAPA, MASALA, & AARW
Clara, Korean mother of a bisexual, transgender son
Aya, Japanese mother of a gay daughter
Tejan, Indian mother of a queer daughter
Saturday, September 24
11:00 a.m.
Old Oak Dojo
Houston
OCA – Greater Houston
Michelle, Japanese mother of a transgender daughter
Barbara, Filipino mother of a lesbian daughter
Sunday, September 25
1:30 p.m.
CCC Building, Light & Salt Offices
Fairfax
Korean American LGBTQ Seminar
Clara, Korean mother of a bisexual, transgender son
Joanne, Korean mother of transgender children
Saturday, October 15
1:00 p.m.
Holy Cross Korean Episcopal Church
Orange County
VROC
Marsha, Japanese mother of a transgender son
Michelle, Japanese mother of a transgender daughter
Glenn & Karen, Japanese parents of gay sons
Saturday, November 5
10:00 a.m.
Location TBA
San Diego
CANCELLED
Marsha, Japanese mother of a transgender son
Mallory, Chinese mother of a lesbian daughter
Sunday, November 6

RSVP here: bit.ly/rsvpfamilyacceptance.

Sponsors

The Family Acceptance Campaign is brought to you by NQAPIA, Asian Pride Project, API PFLAG San Gabriel Valley, PFLAG NYC – API Rainbow Parents, in partnership with the Public Impact, Comcast/NBC Universal, and the CJ Huang Foundation.

We also thank the generous support of the Arcus Foundation, David Bohnett Foundation, API Dream Team Giving Circle, GSA Network, and Advocates for Youth.