LGBTQ Immigrants’ Rights in Philadelphia

Posted on May 10, 2010

LGBTQ IMMIGRANTS’ RIGHTS in PHILADELPHIA

Join us to hear stories from LGBTQ Asian Americans and Latino immigrants, updates on immigration policy from Washington DC, and ways we can join the fight for comprehensive immigration reform.

Panelist include: Laurent Widjaya, Norman Medina, Ben de Guzman, Reagan Cooper (invited).

Monday, May 17, 2010
Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Reception/Networking @ 6pm

Panel Discussion @ 6:30-8:30pm

Interpretation will be provided: Mandarin, ASL, Spanish, and more with request

Accessible by Public transportation. Street parking for bikes and cars

For More Information
email: info@qpaonline.org
call: 202-422-4909

What exactly do we mean when we talk about queer immigrants’ rights?
What do we want from a federal comprehensive immigration reform bill?
How can we be involved?

Come out to the LGBT Immigrants’ Rights Panel Discussion!

This special event comes at a time when our nation’s attention is beginning to focus on the comprehensive immigration reform, but when our communities’ concerns are getting lost in the shuffle. Asian Americans have always had a hard time amplifying their voice in a public debate that has focused on controversies surrounding legalization and the dramatics of underlying racism against Latin@ communities. At the same time, the debate regarding immigration within LGBT communities has only had a very narrow focus almost exclusively on the binational same-sex. It is our opportunity and obligation to call into question the incomplete nature of the debate and stake our positions there.

We’re looking to rally the Asian immigrant population to have a stronger voice and join in the powerful Latin@ immigrant narratives of mainstream social discourse and do larger coalition work with these communities. We also want to rally the LGBTQ community to think more broadly about immigration and think critically about the intersectional realities within our diverse communities.

Sponsored by: Queer Philadelphia Asian (QPA) and National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)

Co-sponsored by: GALAEI, ASIAC, PICC and WIARS


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