AAPI Parents who Love their LGBT Kids

Asian Parents who Love their LGBT Kids

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The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) promotes acceptance of LGBT people, and our rights and dignity, amongst Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Yet, there are few resources, role models, and culturally relevant messages.

We hope to diversify the faces and languages of those who support the LGBT community. Our campaign supports AAPI parents who have LGBT kids and LGBTQ youth who aim to come out to their parents, who are often foreign-born immigrants or/and limited English proficient.

Multilingual Videos

Asian Pride ProjectNQAPIA worked with the Asian Pride Project to develop a series of short, multilingual videos of AAPI parents who love their LGBT children. For LGBT Pride Month, the videos were released June 2015 according to the following schedule:

Chinese on June 2
Mandarin with English subtitles – Deanna Cheng, a Chinese mother of a gay son
Cantonese with English subtitles – Rosetta Lai, a Chinese mother of a lesbian daughter

South Asian on June 9
Hindi with English subtitles – Kamlesh and Harcharan Bagga, Indian parents of a gay son
English with Hindi subtitles – Vinay Chaudhry, an Indian father of a genderqueer child

Korean and Japanese on June 16
Korean with English subtitles – Clara Yoon, a Korean mother of a transgender son
English with Japanese subtitles – Marsha and Tad Aizumi, Japanese parents of a transgender son

Southeast Asian on June 23
Vietnamese with English subtitles – Ha Nguyen, a Vietnamese mother of a gay son
English with Lao subtitles – Phanida Phivilay, a Lao mother of a lesbian daughter

Filipino on June 30
English with Tagalog subtitles – Carol Mannion, a Filipina mother of a gay son

None of the parents are actors. They are all everyday parents from different parts of the country.

The videos have also aired as Public Service Announcements (PSAs) on Asian ethnic TV stations. Check your local listings.

Translated “Family is Still Family, Love is Still Love”

NQAPIA and several parents developed a series of one-page, translated “fact sheets” for parents who have LGBT kids. The multilingual fact sheets answer basic questions about being LGBT and dispel common misperceptions. They are in nineteen (19) Asian languages and scripts—the largest number of languages ever translated from a single LGBT document.

Chinese: Simplified scriptTraditional script
East Asian languages: KoreanJapaneseIndonesian
Southeast Asian languages: VietnameseThaiKhmerHmongLao
South Asian languages: HindiBengaliGujaratiPunjabiUrdu
Filipino: TagalogIlocano

About the Sponsoring Organizations

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is a federation of LGBT AAPI organizations. We seek to build the organizational capacity of local LGBT AAPI groups, develop leadership, promote visibility, expand collaborations, and challenge homophobia and racism. NQAPIA is a nonprofit tax-exempt IRS 501(c)3 organization.

The Asian Pride Project (APP) fosters greater visibility, pride, acceptance, unity, and harmony for all LGBT Asians & Pacific Islander (API) people in their families, cultural communities and beyond. APP believes in the power of sharing, connecting, and relating to give API families and communities the support they need when struggling with the challenges of our sexual and gender identities in the API cultural context.


These videos and written resources were made possible by the generous support of the Arcus Foundation, Bohnett Foundation, and countless individuals.

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