The International Day Against Homophobia, held on May 17 every year, is a rallying event offering an opportunity for people to get together and reach out to one another. Fondation Émergence promotes, mainly on a pan-Canadian level, the International Day Against Homophobia and encourages organisations and individuals to highlight this event in their environment.
We had an amazing weekend meeting with and getting to know everyone who attended QACON10: LAUNCH! Thank you so much for all the support you’ve given to our Annual Queer and Asian Conference - you’ve made these past three days an unforgettable experience.
For those who have inquired about future Cal Q&A events, please come back regularly for more details on our plans for the coming summer and schoolyear. Listed below are some of the things we’re working on:
Summer Q&A 2010 In the Bay Area for the summer? If not, want us to let you know if we’re heading your way? Just because Cal Q&A general meetings happen during the Fall and Spring semester doesn’t mean we can’t hang out during the Summer! Open to all members as well as interested visitors, Summer Q&A is our first summer program that places emphasis on strengthening our community bonds as well as having lots of fun!
Storytime @ Cal Q&A Our online Storytime project is a way for us to record and collect your personal stories and experiences as Queer and Asian individuals and to give a tangible presence to our voices as a community. Likewise, it is an opportunity for individuals to realize that they are not alone in their thoughts or experiences, but that there are similarly identified individuals of who share similar experiences.
For everyone who missed it, we have attached the link to Pauline Park’s insightful QACON10 keynote speech (just click the title above). Our two keynotes put a lot of thought and effort into their work, and we will hopefully be able to share our documentation of the event with you in the coming days.
What I would like to do is to attempt to answer those questions by linking the themes of identity and activism, talking about how an articulation of identity can provide the basis for effective activism and advocacy. I would like to begin with a brief look at the homoerotic traditions and proto-transgenderal identities and practices in pre-modern Asian and Pacific Islander (API) societies and their relevance for contemporary lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) identity construction in the United States. I will then look at the emergence of an LGBT/queer API movement through the development of queer API organizations in this country over the course of recent decades. Drawing from my own experience with several of those organizations, I will outline what I see as the major challenges facing queer API organizations and how we as a community can move forward to build a queer API movement that effectively advances our liberation as individuals and members of that community.