OCA Celebrates Pride Month in Solidarity with LGBT Asian Pacific Americans
June 23, 2014
This month, OCA celebrates the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month in solidarity with the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA). As a national Asian Pacific American organization, we recognize that our work and our struggles cannot be separated from those of the LGBT community. We cannot claim progress for the APA community if APA LGBT individuals are invisible in the process. Our march for justice must include our LGBT friends, families, and allies. It is with this in mind that we stand together in solidarity with the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance to embrace and to celebrate Pride Month and all the identities within that continuum.
OCA has a long standing history of support for the LGBT community. In 2013, we co-sponsored a same-sex marriage rally during the hearing of Windsor v. United States, and have also released statements regarding the Windsor case and Hollingsworth v. Perry reaffirming our support for the full civil rights of all Americans. Additionally, our annual OCA National Convention has long included workshops on LGBT advocacy for Asian Pacific Americans. This year, NQAPIA will hold a workshop titled “Advocacy 101: Allyship and LGBT Advocacy for AAPI Communities”, an interactive workshop focused on developing strategies for APA organizations and advocates to become stronger allies for the LGBT community.
Please join us in celebrating LGBT Pride Month and ensuring equality for all Americans.