May 17 is recognized around the world as International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). Today, as advocates and our allies in countries across the globe continue their important work day-to-day addressing life-threatening issues of violence and discrimination against LGBT people, NQAPIA takes this opportunity to join the global chorus of voices calling for […]
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
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
NQAPIA is proud to take part in activities around the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
We are joining AAPI national organizations in a contingent to take part in the National Action to Realize the Dream March & Rally on Saturday, August 24. People interested in joining us in Washington, DC can meet up at 8:00am at the southeast side of the World War II Memorial.
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We have also joined a list of over forty LGBT organizations supporting the March that signed the following open letter .
An Open Letter in Support of 50th Anniversary of March on Washington
Over the past year, our community has celebrated tremendous wins in the fight for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality and justice.
We have collectively cheered the first ever Senate committee markup of an inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), the Social Security Administration’s modernization of its gender marker policy, and U.S. Supreme Court wins on marriage equality in the Windsor and Perry rulings. But we remain frustrated that ENDA is still not the law of the land and we’re angered and deeply disappointed with the Court’s decision to turn back critical parts of the historic Voting Rights Act in Shelby.
We must channel this frustration and disappointment into action to tackle employment discrimination, voter suppression tactics, immigration reform and racial profiling, to name only a few.
This month we have an opportunity to bring the combined energy from our victories to a major gathering that will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom. History was made that day 50 years ago when thousands came to Washington, D.C. to lift up their voices in support of civil rights, employment protection and an end to racial segregation in our nation’s schools. On August 24, 2013, we will rededicate ourselves to that dream of equality and justice.
It has been over 40 years since Stonewall and the birth of the modern LGBTQ rights movement. As national, state and local LGBTQ organizations, we know that while there have been many advancements over the last four decades since Stonewall and the five decades since the 1963 March, there is still much more work to be done. We are proud to commemorate the 1963 March and, once again, come together and collectively take action to “Realize the Dream.”
At a time when the nation still does not have clear federal laws barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, we still need to step up and be visible. We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to find and keep a job in a safe work environment with a living wage regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. We also believe that all members of our community, whether they are seniors, middle-aged or youth, deserve to be safe from violence, harassment, exploitation and racial profiling when they are at home, school, work, or in any other public places. As LGBTQ people, we believe that quality health care should be accessible, affordable and culturally competent. We believe that the 11 million undocumented immigrants, including at least 267,000 undocumented LGBT people living in this country, should have a real pathway to citizenship and people from all backgrounds should be able to stay with their families. We believe these are issues that cut across all lines of gender, race and ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation, ability and immigration status. It’s time to join forces and demonstrate our collective power.
Working together, this rally and mobilization is an opportunity to lift up the voices of LGBT people as part of a broad progressive agenda for social and economic justice. Please join us on Saturday, August 24, 2013, at 8 AM – 3 PM in Washington, D.C. at the DC War Memorial at 900 Independence Ave, SW, Washington, DC 20245. (The Memorial is located across Independence Ave. from the Martin Luther King Memorial), as we come together in support of freedom and justice!
Human Rights Campaign
National Black Justice Coalition
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Pride at Work, AFL-CIO
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
Believe Out Loud
Bethel Christian Church, DC
Bisexual Resource Center
Center for Black Equity
CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers
The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals
Family Equality Council
The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries
Freedom to Marry
Freedom to Work
Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA Network)
GLAD (Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders)
GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality
GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network)
Harvey Milk Foundation
Leadership Team of NASPA GLBT Knowledge Community
Marriage Equality USA
National Center for Lesbian Rights
National Center for Transgender Equality
National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)
The Trevor Project
Trans Advocacy Network
Trans People of Color Coalition
Transgender Law Center
Unid@s, The National Latin@ LGBT Human rights Organization