Many communities of color contend with the double challenge of integrating their queerness with their ethnicity and cultural heritage. Often times, many communities of color perceive queerness as being a primarily white phenomenon, and that any examples within their own communities are examples of cultural penetration by dominant western society. This occurs markedly so in Asian American & Pacific Islander communities which navigate a complicated relationship with issues like immigration, westernization, assimilation, and maintaining cultural identity.
It is often misperceived by the prevailing discourse in the media regarding people of color and LGBT & queer issues that people of color are more homophobic than white folk, or that parents who are black, brown, and yellow are more likely to have a negative reaction to their children coming out than white parents. The Asian Pride Project seeks to dispel this myth by documenting the stories of LGBT AAPI folk and their families.
Through community building and organizing, The Asian Pride Project empowers the parents, family, and friend of LGBT AAPIs to speak publicly about their journeys to acceptance as a model that other AAPI families and friends can look to when their own family member comes out.
Currently, the Asian Pride Project is competing for a grant from Verizon to support their efforts in documenting these precious and uplifting stories. If you would like to help The Asian Pride Project, go to this video and follow the instructions below: