Category: Member Spotlight

Mary Luong

MARY LUONG is an artist and an Oakland native. They first encountered API Equality – Northern California when attending a barbecue from our community partners, the Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women & Transgender Community (APIQWTC). Mary’s involvement continued when they attended our community meeting, “Your Two Cents,” and their volunteerism continued beyond that at events

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Esther Kang

ESTHER KANG is a middle school science teacher in East Oakland. Originally from Chicago, Esther moved to the Bay Area in 2010, and found community in the LGBTQ API spaces that API Equality – Northern California provides. As a Korean American woman navigating a LGBTQ & Asian intersection, she believes that the two identities are

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Mioi Hanaoka

MIOI HANAOKA is an engineer for a tech company. Outside of her work, Mioi is a proud volunteer for LGBT causes and volunteers for annual events at her church. When she first attended the annual Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP) Film Festival two summers ago, she found community with queer women of color

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