Coalition of Asian and Pacific Islander LGBTQ leaders Call on West Hollywood Mayor John Duran to Resign Amid Racist Remarks and Accusations of Sexual Harassment
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 14, 2019
Tracy Zhao, Executive Director, API Equality-LA
-- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE --
COALITION OF ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER LGBTQ LEADERS CALL ON WEST HOLLYWOOD MAYOR JOHN DURAN TO RESIGN AMID RACIST REMARKS AND ACCUSATIONS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT
LOS ANGELES -- API Equality-LA, an Asian and Pacific Islander (API) LGBTQ community organization, issued the following statement, calling on West Hollywood Mayor John Duran to resign immediately amid his racist remarks towards the API LGBTQ community and accusations of sexual harassment.
“API Equality-LA strongly condemns the victim-blaming and racist statements made by West Hollywood Mayor John Duran. As an organization that empowers API communities to fight for LGBTQ, racial, and social justice, API Equality-LA knows the harmful impact that racial stereotypes, body shaming, and gender policing has on queer and trans communities of color, and in particular how these issues affect gay and bisexual Asian men.
Asian men have long been discriminated against in gay communities; for example, gay clubs in West Hollywood used to require three forms of photo identification from anyone they perceived as Asian. This anti-Asian racism continues today in the form of sexual discrimination, racial discrimination and lack of representation of queer and trans APIs within the broader LGBTQ community.
Our communities deserve better. Rape culture will end when we have leaders who are held accountable for sexual harassment and assault, and who believe and support survivors. We will not be silent as John Duran continues to undermine the #MeToo movement by pitting the gay community against survivors of sexual assault. John Duran’s unwillingness to be held accountable perpetuates rape culture and threatens the safety of all queer and trans communities within and beyond West Hollywood.
As a coalition of API LGBTQ activists, young people, parents, and allies, we demand that John Duran resign from his post immediately. He has shown no remorse for his actions and continues to undermine efforts to hold him accountable for cases of sexual misconduct. West Hollywood, and the LGBTQ community at large, deserve better leaders and role models in the fight to liberate all our communities.”
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. For more information, visit: www.apiequalityla.org