QTAPI people have been systematically denied access to our histories and to nurturing intergenerational connections. The contributions of LGBTQ API leaders and activists are often excluded in history lessons, leaving our people to feel invisible, disconnected from our lineage, and like we don’t matter. The Dragon Fruit Oral History Project records and shares the stories of QTAPI leaders so that our people know that we have always existed and have made important contributions to social movements. Together we can learn from QTAPI activists who came before us important lessons to help us build the future of our movements.
Growing up in Korea and moving to the states I always felt alone. I didn’t know any queer Koreans let alone any queer Asian people who were older than I was. It made me realize that I can be here Because of those who came before me who fought for justice, I can be here and I am not alone. DFP helped me realize there are many adults much older than I am who have paved the way — who are present today and who I can actually share space and time with if I so choose. – Jo Lee