LGBT Asian Americans Come to Atlanta with a Sense of History

Caption: The Center for Pan Asian Community Services, site for NQAPIA 2014 Atlanta Regional  Summit

 

National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance brings first LGBT Asian American Conference to the South and Supports National April 5 Day of Action on Deportation

 

For Immediate Release

April 4, 2014

Ben de Guzman

202-422-4909

Ben_deGuzman@nqapia.org

Atlanta, GA- On the anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., fifty Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) LGBT advocates and allies are convening to one of the cradles of the Civil Rights movement to claim our place in the journey towards the beloved community. The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, along with a Planning Committee and local partners in Asian American and LGBT communities such as the Center for Pan Asian Community Services and Georgia Equality, is putting on what is believed to be the first ever gathering specifically bringing together AAPI LGBT communities in the South. During the Summit, NQAPIA will also stand in solidarity with national events happening around the country with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network’s #Not1More campaign.

“We are ready for this in the South,” said Stan Fong, NQAPIA Board member and Summit Planning Committee lead. “The AAPI community is the fastest growing racial/ ethnic group in the South according to Census data, and we are the vanguard of the conversation about LGBT justice as emerging voices are challenging conventional wisdom about conservatism and the South.”

“We have been here for a long time, and this Summit is an opportunity to invoke that history and move forward,” said Florence Tang, Summit Planning Committee member. “From building community to challenging racism in the LGBT community and homophobia in the AAPI community, and we are excited about charting our course for the future with NQAPIA and all our friends from throughout the region.”

“Our convening in Summit comes at a special moment at a unique crossroad in our history,” said Ben de Guzman, NQAPIA Co-Director for Programs. “April 4 is the anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination and we commit ourselves to the legacy of civil rights with love and respect for those who marched before us in whose steps we follow in Atlanta. On April 5 our Summit ‘marches’ in solidarity with advocates around the country calling on the President to use every resource at his disposal to keep our immigrant families together and stop indiscriminate deportations.”

Events for the weekend include a Friday night reception and programming Saturday and Sunday at the Center for Pan Asian Community Services. For more information, the Program Book is available online. http://issuu.com/stanfong/docs/nqapiasouthprogram_final