We are excited to announce our participation in representing API queer families at this year’s parade, which is endorsed by John Liu, our newly elected NYC comptroller, and Christine Quinn, Speaker of City Counsel
On Jan. 30th, 2010, a press conference was held in Chinatown to announce the groundbreaking participation of LGBTQ API contingent in 2010 Lunar New Year Parade. Rev. Patrick Cheng, a minister at Metropolitan Community Church, was present and spoke about the support he received from is family as a queer Asian. Also in attendance was Jamie Tam, a Chinese American Transgendered youth who shared his experience of rejection from his own family for not fitting in with traditional Asian culture.
The Lunar New Year parade will not only raise our visibility within the NYC Asian communities but also within our own families, especially during such an important time of the year where families come together to support one another. We’ll be there to be part of the Asian community and also to show that though we suffer hardships there are still loving families.
This event will be co-sponsored by the following organizations;
Chinatown Youth Initiatives
Asian Women Giving Circle
Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), New York Chapter
New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy
Nodutdol for Korean American Development
Queer Asian Spirit: LGBTQ Asians of Faith
Joan Chen: Actor
Helen Zia: Author, Human Rights Activist
NQAPIA, National Queer API Alliance