Early in the summer of 2018 APIENC members began to critically discuss the place of QTAPI identity and experience within environmental and climate justice movements. TTAC formed shortly after as a means for QTAPIs to show up collectively during this intense period of climate catastrophe. Some of TTAC’s first actions in September 2018 centered on supporting frontline communities and grassroots activists most impacted by climate disaster as they mobilized to disrupt closed-door meetings between politicians and business leaders.
¹We use the term QTAPI to include and speak to a community of Asian and Pacific Islander people who identify variously as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender nonconforming, queer, and intersex who are politically united around being queer and transgender.
²We use the term BIPOC as acknowledgement of how white supremacy unevenly impacts different groups of people of color. Specifically, Black and Indigenous folks have endured and continue to endure the deepest societal and state violence, climate catastrophe, poverty, and incarceration and are deep leaders in creating real solutions to these oppressions.
³Our understanding of real/false solutions comes from the thinking and work of various Indigenous community leaders and Indigenous-led environmental and climate justice groups. More info can be found here and here. We will continue to learn and grow our understanding of the real/false solutions framework.