New Campaign Puts AAPI LGBT Community in the Spotlight

DC AAPI Visibility Project

A new visibility campaign in the District of Columbia aims to highlight our local Asian American and Pacific Islander community. The DC AAPI Visibility Project is a partnership between the D.C. Maryors office of Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, (MOAPIA), API Queers United for Action (AQUA DC) and KhushDC. It is a celebration of the intersectionality of AAPI ethnicities and sexual orientation or gender identity.

The District residents featured in the campaign, many of whom are activists in the community, put a name and face on the diversity within our movement.

As the Project states: “We want to let people in the greater D.C. area know that we exist, and that we are not ashamed of who we are. For those who are still struggling to reconcile their identity as both LGBTQ and AAPI, we hope this project will be a resource and support for them. This collection of portraits will also showcase to our neighbors in both the LGBTQ and AAPI community at large that we are an integral part of the community.”

Check out the campaign photos below and visit their website at: www.thedcaapiproject.com.

DC AAPIR Visibility Campaign: Campbell

Campbell: I am a transgender queer-identified Korean-American and D.C. is my home.

The DC AAPI Visibility Campaign

Cynthia: I am a queer 2.5 generation Chinese American. I am an analyst in financial services, am passionate about building radical Asian and Pacific Islander Community …. and D.C. is my home.

The DC AAPI Visibility Campaign

David: I learned Vietnamese as my first language and was an English language learner (ELL) when attending public school … and D.C. is my home.

The DC AAPI Visibility Project

James: I am a gay male, chamorro and my family hails from The U.S. Territory of Guam … and D.C. is my home.

DC AAPI LGBT Visibility Project

Nicholas: I am an educator, administrator, and cusultant, agender, queer, and a person of color from a binational Japanese and U.S. background … and D.C. is my home.

DC AAPI LGBT Visibility Project

Rupen: I am a gay male from Mumbai, India. I am our and proud … and D.C. is my home.

DC AAPI Visibility Project

Sassanka: I am a page poet, justice advocate, and hard femme .. and D.C. is my home.

Vincent: I am a 1.5 generation Taiwanese American from California. I am also the co-chair of Aqua DC, have a very DC-y day job in the think tank world ... and D.C. is my home.

Vincent: I am a 1.5 generation Taiwanese American from California. I am also the co-chair of Aqua DC, have a very DC-y day job in the think tank world … and D.C. is my home.

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