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posted Friday, June 24, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 26
Asian Family Acceptance Workshop Tour
comes to Seattle on Sunday, July 10
to bring families together and save lives
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Asian Family Acceptance Workshop Tour
comes to Seattle on Sunday, July 10
to bring families together and save lives

To offer guidance and support to the parents of LGBT Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (API) children, The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) has launched the Asian Family Acceptance Workshop Tour to help Asian parents support their LGBT children. These unique workshops will visit twelve major American cities throughout the year.

The workshop will be presented in Seattle on Sunday, July 10, from 3-5pm at El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Avenue S., Room 309, Seattle WA. The parents who will speak at the workshop are:

Manjula and Balan: Manjula and Balan are from Redmond, Washington. Originally from India, they moved to the United States five and eight years ago, respectively. They are parents to a transgender teen daughter. Manjula is a member of PFLAG Bellevue and is involved with community outreach efforts working towards further integrating the LGBTQ community in the society.

Marsha Aizumi: Marsha is an author, speaker, educator and advocate for the LGBT community, a cause she embraced due in large part to the personal struggle and bullying her transgender son experienced from middle school on. Marsha serves on the PFLAG National Board of Directors, an organization that supports, educates and advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families. In this role, she hopes to bring greater resources and awareness to the Asian Pacific Islander (API) and transgender communities. She is also the co-founder and current President of the PFLAG chapter in San Gabriel Valley focusing on the API community. This is the first and only API PFLAG chapter in the 40-year history of this organization.

The workshop will be moderated by Glenn Magpantay, Executive Director of NQAPIA. It will offer culturally appropriate peer-support and practical steps to empower API parents to support their LGBT children in the coming-out process. The workshop will be offered in English. However, Manjula and Balan also speak Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, and Telugu.

'Though many LGBT Asians are out in the community, they go back into the closet in their families, fearful of coming out to parents and dishonoring them,' said Glenn Magpantay, Executive Director of NQAPIA. 'The result is self-loathing, depression and suicide. Our Asian Family Acceptance Workshop Tour gives parents the tools to break down the closet door for their children, by offering unconditional love and acceptance. These workshops will strengthen families and save lives.'

The parents appearing at the workshops are involved in NQAPIA's new Asian Family Acceptance Campaign, a landmark series of emotionally-moving TV ads entitled 'Family Is Still Family.' Additional workshops will be held in the following cities: Boston: Sept 24, 1-3:00pm (venue TBD); Houston: Oct 8, 1-3pm (venue TBD); Chicago: Oct 11, 4-8pm (Christ Church of Chicago, 6047 N. Rockwell St.); Los Angeles: Oct 15, (Japanese American National Museum, 100 N. Central Avenue); Garden Grove, CA: Nov. 5, 3-5pm (venue TBD); San Diego: Nov. 6, 1-3pm (venue TBD); Denver: date TBD (venue TBD).



The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is a federation of LGBTQ Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander organizations. NQAPIA seeks to build the capacity of local LGBT API organizations, invigorate grassroots organizing, develop leadership, and challenge homophobia, racism, and anti-immigrant bias. NQAPIA is an independent non-profit organization.

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is on the Web at NQAPIA.org. On Facebook at facebook.com/NQAPIA and on Twitter at @NQAPIA.

Courtesy of NQAPIA

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