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Ben de Guzman has been a leading voice for over a dozen years both locally and nationally on a range of issues in the AAPI and LGBT communities, including: civil rights, veterans and immigration policy; leadership training and development; and advocacy and organizing.

He currently serves as the Co-Director for Programs at the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA). In this capacity, he manages the policy and programmatic work for the federation of the more than 30 AAPI LGBT groups around the country addressing racism, xenophobia and homophobia. As the National Coordinator for the National Alliance for Filipino Veterans Equity (NAFVE), he ran the successful legislative campaign to achieve payments for and recognize the military service of Filipinos who fought under the United States during World War II. He also serves as a trainer for OCA’s APIAU Leadership 101 program.

He has been quoted in a variety of local, national, and international media, including WAMU, the Washington Post, the Associated Press, HuffingtonPost.com, Asian Journal, ABS-CBN (Filipino television channel), Philippine News, Washington Blade, Metro Weekly, OutFM.org, and 365gay.com. He was published in the current edition of the Encyclopedia of Asian American Issues Today, and wrote a chapter in Dr. Kevin Nadal’s book, "Filipino American Psychology: A Collection of Personal Narratives.” He also co-authored an article on AAPI LGBT youth for UCLA Asian American Studies Center's "AAPI NEXUS: Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders Policy, Practice and Community."The son of Filipino immigrants, Ben was born and raised in New Jersey.

 

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