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

Ongoing/PAST Campaigns:

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

  • Q&A Space: API LGBTQ coming out resource website

  • Pioneers Project: short documentary series on pioneering API LGBTQ movement leaders

  • Coming out workshops

  • LGBTQ 101 workshops

  • Trans Allyship Trainings


Our History

Lunar New Year, 2006

Lunar New Year, 2006

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.