December 2013 Newsletter

December 20, 2013

Whoo-hoo! We are proud to announce that on November 24th, 2013 the API Equality – Northern California team successfully ran 10K for $10K. For some of us, this was our first race ever. For others, this was our first time fundraising and asking our friends and family to support LGBTQ API advocacy.

Congratulations to Patrick Verkaik who won a Kipling Luggage through our donor raffle! When we asked Patrick why he chose to donate to us for the first time, he said: “It was a great opportunity to support the cause. I have great admiration for people who do this work!” 

This is a time of year for reflection and appreciation, and we are thinking of the firsts, and the milestones from this past year. In 2013, we were able to fund our summer internship program largely through the support of our community. We were able to provide a space for LGBTQ API people of faith and allies for healing and storytelling. We were able to bring together an intergenerational group of API LGBTQ people to collect oral histories and be transformed by them.

We were able to do all of these things because of the dedication, creativity, and generous support of people like you– our community. Thank you. Thank you for your time, your donations, your ideas, and your spirit. Our work is nothing without you.

In Solidarity,
Monna and Tracy

P.S. Today is #GivingTuesday. If you didn’t get a chance to donate to our 10K for $10K, you can still contribute to our work today. Donate here.

We’re closing out this year with some one-of-a-kind events you don’t want to miss!
Join us! For the first time. Or for the 50th time. 

Pink Elephant Project Showcase

On Thursday December 5th, participants from our Pink Elephant Project cohort shared their stories through film, photos, and readings as Asian & Pacific Islanders LGBTQ/Allies of Faith. It was truly a celebration of growth and storytelling. Check out the pictures here.

Dragon Fruit Project Transcribing Day

On Sunday December 8th, our Dragon Fruit Project participants, joined by historian and project founder Amy Sueyoshi, gathered to transcribe LGBTQ API stories from the 60s through the 90s. We had snacks and activities throughout the day. Check out the pictures on Facebook here.

2013 Community Survey

We know that there is so much to do for, with, and within the LGBTQ API community. We want to bring intention to our work, and we want it to be informed by our huge and multifaceted community. Don’t forget to fill out our 2013 Community Survey today.