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  • Calvin Ho Calvin Ho
    CALVIN HO, one of the most energetic and active volunteers at APIENC, identifies as a gay Asian-American of Cambodian, Thai, and Chinese ancestry, though his ethnic identity is complex. Calvin currently studies psychology at San Francisco State University. With APIENC, ...
  • 2016 Lessons for New Year Resistance 2016 Lessons for New Year Resistance
    Dear community, This past year was a whirlwind. From rampant hate crimes, to attacks on valuable public programs, to a national rhetoric crafted to make our people feel afraid—it seems that those who refuse to see our humanity have become even ...
  • Post-Election Resource List Post-Election Resource List
    In the last month, APIENC has heard the need for our community to hold space, reflect, and strategize for our safety. Our community partners and people from around the country have worked hard to provide and compile resources, and we ...
  • From China to America: My Queer Movement Journey From China to America: My Queer Movement Journey
    by Cindy Zhong, 2016 Chan Fellow Right before I came to America, my friends in our rainbow group (an independent queer student group that I joined in) back in China joked with me, “We’re so glad that our group is going ...
  • The Dragon Fruit Project Digital Portal is now LIVE! The Dragon Fruit Project Digital Portal is now LIVE!
    The Dragon Fruit Project is an intergenerational oral hxstory project that explores queer Asians and Pacific Islanders and their experiences with love and activism in the 1960s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. Since 2013, volunteers have engaged with our queer Asian ...
  • Grace Kong Grace Kong
    GRACE KONG, one of APIENC’s wonderful volunteers, identifies as a lesbian feminist and as an Excel geek. Grace currently works at the San Francisco International Airport, using her skills to work in data and financial analysis. Grace has been involved with ...
  • Save the Date – Dragon Fruit Project Digital Portal Launch Party! Save the Date - Dragon Fruit Project Digital Portal Launch Party!
    Come celebrate with us at our upcoming Dragon Fruit Project Digital Portal Launch Party! Dragon Fruit Project is an intergenerational oral history project that documents queer and trans Asians and Pacific Islanders and their experiences with love and activism from the ...
  • Celebrate Wellness with APIENC – Sun. November 20th! Celebrate Wellness with APIENC - Sun. November 20th!
    Speaking from this year of growth since our last Berkeley Run, we’ve been astounded by the abundance of our communities and strongly stand by our core belief that “our communities have everything we need to support ourselves and each other.” ...
  • 5 Highlights from APIENC’s Summer 5 Highlights from APIENC's Summer
    This summer, Team APIENC was busy. During the past few months, our team has been working hard to support summer interns, march in the streets, launch new projects, highlight community artists, and build a thriving LGBTQ API community. Here’s a ...
  • Alison Lin Alison Lin
    ALISON LIN, a queer, mixed-race (Chinese-American and white) woman, has been an active volunteer with APIENC since she moved to the Bay Area three years ago. Alison currently works with social justice nonprofits, where she  focuses on collaboration, embodied leadership, ...
  • Artistic Collective Open at OACC NOW! Artistic Collective Open at OACC NOW!
    Happening now! APIENC’s first Artist Collective Exhibit is up for viewing at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC), located in Oakland’s Chinatown. This exhibit, which features art from multiple LGBTQ+ API artists, showcases the lives and narratives of our community. ...
  • Give OUT Day: Celebrate the Summer with APIENC! Give OUT Day: Celebrate the Summer with APIENC!
    Give OUT Day: Celebrate the Summer with APIENC! In 2016, individual giving will make up more than 60% of API Equality – Northern California (APIENC)’s Program Budget. This means that our work IS community driven and powered. This year, we’re participating in ...
  • A Letter from our New Director, Sammie A Letter from our New Director, Sammie
    Dear community, This last month has been quite a whirlwind, and we at APIENC have been reeling from the mix of events that have sent us into tailspins of disappointment, fear, sadness, and anger. From the horrific violence against LGBTQ black ...
  • CALL For Submissions by Mon. 7/25: API Equality – Northern California Artist Collective Exhibit CALL For Submissions by Mon. 7/25: API Equality - Northern California Artist Collective Exhibit
    Hello, my name is Maria, one of the API Equality-Northern California interns this summer. It is a honor for me to be coordinating this Artist Collective. This artist collective seeks to bring community members together to work on an art ...
  • Join Asians and Pacific Islanders at Trans March 2016! Join Asians and Pacific Islanders at Trans March 2016!
    Hi there! This is MLin, community organizer at API Equality – Northern California. I’d like to invite you to join us in honoring transgender, gender non-conforming, and genderqueer people, lives, and histories at Trans March next Friday on June 24th.  Last year, in 2015, ...
  • Volunteer at Folsom Street Events with APIENC!! Volunteer at Folsom Street Events with APIENC!!
    For the first time ever, we are partnering with Folsom Street Events to power our work. In order to receive funds, we need to recruit a TON of volunteers for Up Your Alley (Sunday, July 31) and Folsom Street Fair ...
  • Save the Date for Resilience Archives: A Historical LGBTQ AAPI Tour of SF Bay Area Save the Date for Resilience Archives: A Historical LGBTQ AAPI Tour of SF Bay Area
    This summer, API Equality – Northern California (APIENC) and Visibility Project Director, artist Mia Nakano are collaborating to develop a historical LGBTQ AAPI tour of San Francisco Bay Area – “Resilience Archives” that will culminate in an accessible digital online ...
  • Announcing our New Director! Announcing our New Director!
    Dear APIENC Community, After a rigorous search and hiring process, I’m proud to announce that starting in July, Sammie Ablaza Wills will be API Equality – Northern California’s next Director! Many of you may know Sammie as our Community Organizer, a summer ...
  • Sine Hwang Jensen Sine Hwang Jensen
    SINE HWANG JENSEN is a queer, Asian American, mixed-race woman who began volunteering with APIENC about a year ago. Currently, Sine is a librarian at the UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Library, focusing on Asian American and Comparative Ethnic Studies. Growing up, ...
  • Reflecting on Our First Spring Leadership Exchange Reflecting on Our First Spring Leadership Exchange
    During the summer of 2015, we piloted a 5-week long series of trainings called the API Queer Justice Leadership Exchange (APIQJLEX). Participants came together for a few hours each week to learn skills, build relationships, and reflect deeply on the queer ...