Our Current Focuses
Current campaign: Transforming Community Care
API Equality-LA organizes community members to take action on a variety of issues that affect the API LGBTQ community. Through our campaigns, we work to educate the public, change institutional policies and practices, and transform our communities.
Transforming Community Care
Our current campaign focuses on mental health and community wellness. We seek to transform community care by:
Increasing access to LGBTQ affirming and culturally responsive mental healthcare
Promoting holistic community wellness
Creating supportive and affirming community spaces for API LGBTQ people
Supporting immigrant communities
Co-organizing the May Day Trans Queer Contingent annually to march on May 1st in support of LGBTQ immigrants and workers
(Indi)Visible Campaign Photo Campaign: promoting solidarity with LGBTQ undocumented and Muslim/South Asian immigrants
Protecting trans rights
Transform CA: participating in a statewide coalition to protect trans rights
Trans Allyship Teach-Ins: a day-long conference for API community members to learn how to be allies to transgender and gender nonconforming people
API Equality-LA empowers API LGBTQ community members and allies to achieve LGBTQ, racial, and social justice and transform their communities through the following activities and programs.
Grassroots Organizing & Community Building
API LGBTQ community members and allies are at the core of API Equality-LA's work. Volunteers and partner organizations work together to plan, lead, and support activities and events for the API LGBTQ community.
- API Equality-LA Activist Academy: this annual 2-day training focuses on leadership development, API and LGBTQ movements, community-building, and hands-on organizing skills training for API LGBTQ people interested in learning more about activism.
- Volunteer Committees: volunteer-led committees plan and lead educational workshops; research public policies, legislation, and court cases; outreach to community members; develop communications and messaging strategy; and plan fundraising initiatives.
- General volunteer positions available. Contact us for more details.
Youth Leadership Development Programs
Andre' Y. Ting Queer Trans API Power Institute: summer 2018 internship (paid)
Spring and Fall/Winter internships and youth volunteer positions available. Contact us for more details.
Presentations, trainings, & outreach at local youth conferences & schools
Family & Community Acceptance Programs
Founded in 2005, API Equality-LA is an LGBTQ rights and racial justice organization building grassroots community power and organizing for change in the API community.
Our coalition has brought together veteran and newer activists who represent the ethnic, linguistic, age, professional, and gender diversity in the Asian American community.
API Equality-LA has garnered tremendous broad-based support, including the endorsements of more than 50 organizations and numerous community leaders.
Every year, our dedicated volunteers have one-on-one conversations with thousands of community members, participate in parades and protests, reach out to ethnic media, and organize educational events on a broad array of social justice issues of importance to API LGBTQ people.