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Advocacy 101: Allyship and LGBT Advocacy for AAPI Communities

  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 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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