Free conference welcomes LGBTQIA+ Asian/Pacific Islanders and allies
AN API LGBTQ GATHERING
NORTH SEATTLE COLLEGE
Saturday, May 20 (9am-5pm)
Everyone is invited to the FREE all-day conference 'Family 2.0: An API LGBTQ Gathering' geared toward LGBTQIA+ Asian Pacific Islanders and their families and allies, on Saturday, May 20, at North Seattle College (9600 College Way N.). The event is sponsored by the Japanese American Citizens League and North Seattle College, as well as local community organizations such as PFLAG, NQAPIA, Noor, Sneaky Deep Collective, Interplay, and more.
Marsha Aizumi, author of Two Spirits, One Heart: A Mother, Her Transgender Son, and Their Journey to Love and Acceptance, on attending the first Family conference, writes: 'Attending an API LGBTQ event like Family with my son and daughter-in-law, we were able to see people like us, so we didn't feel so all alone and shared our stories of moving through fear, sadness and shame to unconditional love and acceptance which continued to bring healing to our lives. The Family event also gave me, a mother, hope that more families will support their children and more allies will become visible voices for my son and the LGBTQ community.'
The event is free, but registration is required either online at apifamilyevent.com or beginning at 9am on Saturday, May 20, the day of the event, at North Seattle College. Workshops offered for both LGBTQ youth/adults, as well as allies, will include (but are not limited to): Immigrant Voices, Queer Muslim Perspectives, LGBTQ History in the US, Trans API History, and Family Acceptance.
The keynote speaker this year will be speaker and educator, Lydia Brown (autisticchoya.com): 'I'm a writer, dreamer, activist/organizer, and speaker/educator. Some of the many marginal identities/experiences I hold are that I'm autistic and multiply otherwise neurodivergent and disabled, queer, asexual-spectrum, genderqueer/non-binary and sometimes read as feminine, and transracially and transnationally adopted East Asian person of color from China (into a white adoptive family).'
The Seattle Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, which is leading the effort behind Family 2.0 ultimately hopes to build an Asian Pacific Islander support group within the greater Seattle area and to bring together other community groups to form a coalition.
Family is made possible by generous support from North Seattle College, a National JACL Legacy Fund Grant, the JACL National Youth/Student Council, NQAPIA, and private donors.
Bill Tashima, Seattle JACL Past President writes: 'Although I am now a very happy, openly gay married man, I rarely talked about my struggles growing up in the closet. I have come to understand why the Nisei were so reluctant to talk about their experiences during the WWII incarceration, and have realized that it is important to share my experiences growing up. Coming out may seem easier now, but admitting to the world that you are different is never easy. I want our LGBTQ community to know, you are not alone.'
About the JACL
The Japanese American Citizens League, the nation's oldest and largest Asian American civil rights organization, was founded in the 1920s to address issues of discrimination targeted specifically at persons of Japanese ancestry residing in the United States. The Seattle Chapter of JACL has been unafraid to tackle difficult and often controversial issues related to the wartime experience of our community and other civil rights issues. While the JACL's founding mission was focused on protecting the civil rights of Americans of Japanese ancestry, today we are committed to protecting the rights of all segments of the Asian Pacific American community.
Courtesy of Seattle JACL
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