Uncovering Our Stories: The Voices of LGBT AAPI immigrants

Asian Americans are the fastest growing minority group in the nation, largely due to immigration. The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) — a federation of LGBT Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations — has advocated for the rights of LGBT immigrants and aims to lift the voices of those who have often been overlooked.

These are our stories. We hope they illustrate the great need for immigration reform and the various ways in which immigration laws directly impact the everyday lives of LGBT people.

NQAPIA seeks:
o legalization of undocumented immigrants
o expanded visa programs for students and workers (both low-wage and professional)
o legal protections to guard against racial profiling, detentions, and deportations
o fewer restrictions in applying for political asylum
o protection of family immigration, including extending family-sponsorship for adult children, siblings, and same-sex couples

This was made possible in partnership with Mia Nakano, the Director of the Visiblity Project, the Asian Pride Project, and the generous support of the Arcus Foundation, Walter and Evelyn Haas, Jr., Fund, and Four Freedoms Fund.