What Have We Done? NQAPIA December E-blast

 

We’ve done a LOT, that’s what!  It’s been quite a year, and we’re glad you’ve been along for the ride.  Thanks to everyone who joined us for the NQAPIA End of the Year Briefing. We’ll keep this monthly update short and sweet sowe can have even more to look forward to together in 2014.

In this e-blast, find out more information about the following:

NQAPIA Annoucements and Activities: NQAPIA Immigration and #Fast4Families, Creating Change

Around the Horn: Reaction to India Supreme Court Decision on Section 377

News and Notes: Marriage Equality in New Mexico and Utah

It’s not too late to make an end-of-the-year donation to NQAPIA.  Click here for more information.

NQAPIA Announcements and Activities

NQAPIA Immigration:  Queer AAPIs joined the national #Fast4Families movement to keep attention focused on the need for immigration reform. NQAPIA Board members, volunteers, and staff did solidarity fasts the week of December 6-13 with the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans and LGBT national partners, including Representatives Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) and Mark Takano (D-CA).

Creating Change:  NQAPIA is hard at work with the Planning Committee for the annual AAPI Institute for Creating Change; The National Conference on LGBT Equality, to be held January 29- February 2.  Are you coming to Houston this year?  There are LIMITED opportunties for support for participants to the AAPI Institute. Click here for more information.

Photo Caption: NQAPIA with NAPAWF-DC, NAKASEC, KRCC, and the Center for Community Change- an “AAPI Contingent” at #Fast4Families

 

Around the Horn: AAPI LGBT Action Across the Country

NQAPIA partners across the country joined a “Global Day of Rage” in reaction to the India Supreme Court’s ruling on Section 377 criminalizing homosexuality.  South Asian LGBT groups across North America issued a statement condemning the ruling, and rallies and vigils were held in cities like New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

 

News and Notes: Legislative and Policy Roundup

Marriage Equality: In the closing days of 2013, two states joined the marriage equality bandwagon.  On December 18, New Mexico became the 17th state to have marriage equality.  The next day, same-sex couples also began to marry in Utah, as a federal court ruling held Utah’s Amendment 3 unconstitutional and disallowed a stay. Currently, almost 40% of the United States population lives in a jurisdiction that has marriage equality, and we look forward to making that number bigger in 2014!