Pride & Heritage, a coalition of local community-based organizations serving the Asian/Pacific Islander (API) and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities in the DC metropolitan area, will host a series of events on May 22nd, 2010 in celebration of May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and to build community among DC LGBTQ APIs and allies. The DC Trans Coalition is a community sponsor of the event, and Pride & Heritage has even graciously named us as a recipient of a portion of the proceeds.
(open to people who self-identify as LGBTQ APIs)
(open to everyone)
See below the cut for Pride & Heritage’s press release about the event.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Iimay Ho | Phone: 919/601.2040 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PRIDE & HERITAGE HOSTS COMMUNITY RETREAT AND DINNER
Local groups organize retreat for API LGBTQ community and annual dinner to recognize Ben de Guzman for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
WASHINGTON – Pride & Heritage, a coalition of local community-based organizations serving the Asian/Pacific Islander (API) and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities in the DC metropolitan area, will host a series of events on May 22nd, 2010 in celebration of May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and to build community among DC LGBTQ APIs and allies.
Pride & Heritage Events Details:
WHAT: Getting it All OUT: Building Our Asian Pacific Islander LGBTQ Community
WHEN: May 22, 2010 from 12:00-6:30 PM (schedule description can be found at www.dcprideandheritage.org)
WHERE: The DC Center, 1810 14th St NW, DC, 20009
WHO: People who self-identify as LGBTQ APIs
WHAT: Pride & Heritage Celebration honoring Ben de Guzman
WHEN: May 22, 2010, 7:30 PM (tickets can be purchased at www.dcprideandheritage.org)
WHERE: Christ Church, Washington Parish on 620 G ST SE 20003
WHO: Open to everyone
Getting it All OUT: Building Our Asian Pacific Islander LGBTQ Community will be a day-long retreat focusing on building relationships among members of local API LGBTQ community. To create a safe space for open dialogue, it is intended only for people who self-identify as API and LGBTQ, and will focus on discussions about coming out and maintaining healthy relationships. Team-building and dance activities will also be included
“The members of our local API LGBTQ groups have expressed a real hunger to build relationships with each other. We hope that the community retreat will meet that need and help us sustain a strong and vibrant API LGBTQ community,” said 2010 Pride & Heritage Celebration Committee member Hyacinth Alvaran.
The Pride & Heritage Celebration at Christ Church is the annual awards dinner that will be open to everyone. This year’s honoree is longtime community activist Ben de Guzman.
“We are proud to honor local and national advocate, activist, and community member Ben de Guzman,” said 2010 Pride & Heritage Celebration Committee member Iimay Ho. “Ben has been involved in organizing Pride & Heritage since it began over ten years ago. He has had a profound impact on the local API LGBTQ community and the committee believes this recognition is long overdue.”
Ben de Guzman has developed a track record of over 10 years in the public sector working on a variety of issues. As the first duly elected Co-Chair of Asian Pacific Islander Queers United for Action (AQUA), he helped establish a number of initiatives and programs in Washington, DC that continue to serve the AAPI LGBT community. In 2000, he helped plan what has now become the annual Pride and Heritage celebration. Under his leadership, AQUA and the other AAPI LGBT organizations have become a vibrant sector of the DC community serving one of the most rapidly growing ethnic groups in the country. In 2009, his testimony before the DC City Council helped restore funding for the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs.
Ben’s work in the community has had national impact. Ben has been part of at least two historical milestones in AAPI and LGBT history in 2009. In February 2009, he ran the campaign that resulted in restoration of military recognition of the service of Filipino WWII veterans by the U.S. government, after 60 years of neglect. For two years, he ran the day-to-day operations of the campaign that brought out unprecedented mobilization from Filipino and AAPI communities. As the Co-Director for Programs at the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, he led the team that in August of 2009, put on what may be the first national, pan-AAPI, multigender LGBT conference in Seattle, “Transgress, Transform, Transcend.”
Pride & Heritage is a coalition of local community-based organizations serving the API LGBTQ communities: KhushDC, the D.C. Chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF-DC), Asian/Pacific Islander Queers United for Action (AQUA), and Asian Pacific Islander Queer Sisters (APIQS). In celebration of May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Pride & Heritage honors individuals and organizations working to empower API and LGBT communities. For more information about the event, please e-mail email@example.com or visit the website www.dcprideandheritage.org. To interview the honoree, please contact Iimay Ho at 919-601-2040.
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APIQS is an all-volunteer organization for API (Asian and Pacific Islander) lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning women in the Washington D.C. metro area, focusing on queer issues, education, community and sisterhood. Visit www.apiqsdc.org for more information.
AQUA is an all-volunteer organization serving the gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning members of the Asian and Pacific Islander (A/PI) community in the metro Washington D.C. area. AQUA strives to project a positive image of queer API men in the community through advocacy, education, outreach, and social events. Visit www.aquadc.org for more information.
KhushDC is a social, support and political group that provides a safe and supportive environment, promotes awareness and acceptance, and fosters positive cultural and sexual identity for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning (LGBTQ) and additional gender or sexual minority South Asians in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Visit www.KhushDC.org for more information.
NAPAWF-DC strives to create a community of APA women leaders working to educate and advocate for our social and economic justice, emphasizing a local angle on national issues. Visit www.napawf.org for more information.