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Task Force Sponsors LGBT Asian Pacific Americans Conference in New York City

Date: 
February 01, 2004

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Sponsors APA Conference

MEDIA CONTACT:
Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications
media@theTaskForce.org
646.358.1465

A message from our friends at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Please use the contact information below for questions about the conference.

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LESBIAN/GAY/BISEXUAL/TRANSGENDER ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICANS CONVENE IN NEW YORK CITY

A coalition of national and local groups host historic regional conference

Contact: Glenn Magpantay (day) 212-966-5932, ext. 206 (cell) 917-439-3158
ASIAN AMERICAN LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATION FUND

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An unprecedented coalition of national and local groups announced that they are planning "QUEER ASIAN PACIFIC LEGACY," a historic regional gathering of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) pan-Asian Pacific Americans (APAs) to network, organize, agitate, educate, and build capacity. The conference will be held at New York University in New York City, the weekend of March 5 to 7, 2004.

The collaboration includes advocacy groups like the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and mainstream civil rights groups like the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

This ambitious and first-ever co-gender and pan-Asian conference will bring together South Asians and East Asians; as well as women, transgender, and young people - groups who have been traditionally underrepresented. 250 conference participants are envisioned. The last conference on the East Coast was held ten years ago.

Organizers hope the conference will be a catalyst for LGBT APAs to collaborate, build a political agenda, and ultimately advance social change.

WHY:
Asian Pacific Americans are among the fastest growing minority groups in the nation. More and more are coming out of the closet. Yet LGBT APAs still face invisibility, isolation, and stereotyping. After 9/11, immigrants, particularly South Asian immigrants, have come under attack. The lives of LGBT APAs involve a complex web of issues arising from being sexual, racial/ethnic, language, gender, immigrant, and economic minorities.

DETAILS:
The conference is free of charge. For more information about the conference, go to: http://www.QueerAsianPacificLegacy.org, call 212-802-7423 or email

SPONSORS:
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association
Asian Pacific Lesbian, Bisexual Women, and Transgender Network Gay Asian and Pacific Islander Men of New York NYU A/P/A Studies
LGBT Student Services
OASIS
the Asian American Women's Alliance
Asian Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS
Asian Pacific Queers United in Action- DC Amnesty OUTfront Project
Asian American Writers Workshop

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The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.