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posted Friday, October 12, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 41
Reaching the unreached on marriage equality
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Reaching the unreached on marriage equality

Many have still not heard the Approve R-74 message, especially in minority communities. This must change.

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On October 10 I served as moderator for a panel on marriage equality in the Asian American community, held at North Seattle Community College. I was asked to be a part of the important discussion because of the work I have done as a leader in the local LGBTQ community, and because my husband, Yee-Shin Huang, is Asian American, so I am able to speak on the intersection between communities.

In fact, the class that was assigned to listen to the lecture was composed of students who are learning about the intersection of culture, race, and ethnicity. At the onset there were no signs of trouble - refreshments would be served at noon with a polite and cordial discussion to follow.

But that didn't happen. What did transpire for nearly two hours, instead of the allotted hour and a half (because the students didn't want to leave) was evidence that regardless of the amount of money the Approve R-74 campaign has raised, and despite the release of several TV ads and numerous other campaign efforts, the word has still not gotten out to certain minority groups. I know this because these students were either immigrants themselves or second-generation Americans.

When I asked for a show of hands by those who had not heard of Referendum 74, three-quarters of the roughly 100 students present raised theirs. Shocked, I asked how many of those students were registered to vote. Again, three quarters of the room raised their hands.

Not good.

LANGUAGE BARRIER
Curtis Chin, board president of Asian Pacific Americans for Progress, based in Los Angeles, had imagined a different outcome as well. Chin was responsible for putting the program together and was just as shocked as I was how many students did not know that the rights of LGBTQ Washingtonians to marry are up for public vote.

Chin and his partner of 18 years were married in California before the passage of Prop 8 in 2008. Since then, Chin has traveled the country to speak on the issue, both at public meetings and to media outlets. In honor of his work, he and his husband were invited to the White House for the 40th anniversary commemoration of the Stonewall uprising.

So when we sat down to speak with the class we expected to talk about the ways that ethnicity may or may not have an effect on how someone copes with sexual orientation or gender expression. While a lot of that did happen, more often than not the conversation had to be stopped because we had to explain acronyms or, interestingly enough, there was no easy way to translate certain terms.

For instance, Spanish-speaking students did not understand why we say 'marriage equality.' Chinese-Mandarin speakers did not know how to describe a 'straight ally.'

Panelists Mary Le Nguyen and Vanessa Lovejoy-Guron also found themselves having to explain ideas and experiences that members of the LGBTQ community would know.

I couldn't help but think of Why Marriage Matters Washington, the public education campaign to help spread the word about the importance of the freedom to marry here in Washington by equipping supporters with the tools they need to share their personal stories about why marriage matters to them.

INTO THE SCHOOLS - NOW
The program is amazing. They have talking points to arm members of our community with the right terminology when speaking with faith-based communities, communities of color, and so on. Unfortunately, Why Marriage Matters Washington is not in schools.

I have to ask, then, during this time of need for education around this important issue, why doesn't the Washington Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) have something like this - especially in community college campuses where the immigrant communities are enrolled.

The conclusion that I came to is that we don't have any time to waste. Next week is National Ally Week. Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea), an organization I founded, is going to take up the cause. We have made appointments to speak at several different schools in an attempt to educate - not influence - the students so when they sit down to fill out their ballot, they are armed with the information necessary for them to make an informed decision.

At the end of the day it doesn't matter what language you speak. I mean, let's be honest, there are probably some LGBTQ people walking around the Hill who keep asking themselves, 'Why do I keep seeing the number 74?' Still, with ballots being mailed next week, there is still time for education and visibility, so I take that as a race against the clock - and SOSea is going to keep pace.

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