Author: API Equality

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Reflections from a Summer of Growth 🌱 and Stars✨

APIENC’s summer has come to a close! Our Summer Organizers — Huanvy, Kai, Rai, Shreya, T, and Zaha — worked hard deepening their skills, building strong relationships, and learning how to ask for help. They’ve participated in exchanges with other activists, supported a 300-person contingent at Trans March, done in-person outreach for our needs assessment,

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T

SEPT 2019 | T T (they/them) is a software engineer, organizer, powerlifter and gardener who is also currently an active volunteer with APIENC’s Trans Justice committee. Most recently, T has been working hard to support APIENC’s TGNC API Needs Assessment. They identify as a trans South Indian person who experiences caste privilege. T was politicized

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Ralph Leaño Atanacio

July 2019 | Ralph Leaño Atanacio Ralph (he/they) is an active participant in our Core Committee, and got his start with APIENC in 2017 as a Summer Organizer. He’s an integral part of our Dragon Fruit Committee, helping to make LGBTQ API stories accessible. Ralph identifies as 1.5 gen filipinx immigrant, queer, and arospec. He

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Three Takeaways on Environmental Justice from PGM ONE

Environmental and climate justice work is an emerging part of APIENC’s organizing and politics. APIENC’s TTAC (Think and Take Action Cohort) brings together and inspires queer and transgender Asian and Pacific Islander (QTAPI) people in the SF Bay Area to engage and take action to stop climate and environmental injustices, particularly as they affect Black

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Bold white handwritten text against colorful paint stroke background that reads: "For Us, By Us, In Order To Serve Us!" Underneath, on pink background is white text that reads: "APIENC is launching a survey to understand the needs of transgender, gender nonconforming, and non-binary Asians & Pacific Islanders living in the Bay Area. Is that you?" To the right is the yellow circular APIENC logo and bit.ly/TGNCAPIneeds.

For Us, By Us, In Order To Serve Us: The TGNC API Needs Assessment Survey has Launched!

In recent years we’ve witnessed our trans, gender nonconforming, and nonbinary community make big strides, but we’re still not safe or free. When it comes to documenting our community needs, there are FEW resources that speak to the wide variety of experiences within the “TGNC API” umbrella, especially in the Bay Area. TGNC API folks

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Honoring Our Legacies: APIENC at SF Pride

APIENC won Community Grand Marshal of SF Pride 2019 by public vote. This is an honor and a responsibility. With increased police presence, heavy corporate involvement, and impact on the local underhoused communities, SF Pride is far from its radical roots. When we won, we didn’t know what to do. But we wanted to be

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Junior Claros

MAY 2019 | JUNIOR CLAROS Junior (he/him) is a Capricorn Ox who identifies as an immigrant, trans, and Filipinx. He was raised in a close-knit immigrant family that gave him a strong sense of family and community. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area as a working class person of color and having to

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