GIVE OUT DAY IS THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 2017: BUILDING BRIDGES AMONG LGBTQ KOREANS, PARENTS, FAMILY AND FAITH INSTITUTIONS
We’re organizing a national LGBTQ convening for people of Korean descent in the US. We seek to transform the Korean American community into a welcoming and loving space for everyone. We will expand on a pioneering gathering by Korean American Rainbow Parents (KARP) in Fall 2016 to build bridges among LGBTQs, family, and faith at a national scale.
Korean Americans rank as one of the lowest in awareness and acceptance of LGBTQ acceptance and marriage equality among all Asian Pacific Islander ethnic groups in the US. 64% of Korean Americans oppose same sex marriage, according to an elections exit poll conducted by Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund in 2012. What this means is that everyday hundreds of thousands of LGBTQ Koreans experience a range of micro-aggressions, harassment, and violence. Conditions of homophobia in the Korean community may further contribute to LGBTQ members’ struggles with internalized shame, family conflict, isolation, mental health, and substance abuse.
We’re a collective of LGBTQ Korean community members with over 20 years of experience as educators, community organizers, and advocates. We’re inclusive of parents of LGBTQ Koreans, faith leaders, bi-sexual, gender non-conforming/trans folks, undocumented individuals and adoptees. We’re driven by members of the Dari Project and Korean American Rainbow Parents (KARP), with support from National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA).
How You Can Make an Impact
All monies raised will directly offset the cost for travel and related expenses for our attendees. No amount is too small or too large for this incredibly important project.
LGBTQ KOREAN AMERICAN GROUPS AND ALLIES CONDEMN S.J. JUNG’S REMARKS ON LGBTQ COMMUNITIES
Following the New York Daily News’ report of homophobic remarks made by S.J. Jung, a candidate for the New York State Senate and Korean American community leader, LGBTQ Korean American organizations, joined by allied Korean American and LGBTQ Asian American & Pacific Islander organizations, have issued the following statement:
“S.J. Jung’s backwards remarks about LGBTQ people are out of sync with a place as diverse as Queens, which has a vibrant LGBTQ immigrant community. As LGBTQ Korean Americans, their family members and their allies, we are deeply disappointed to see a man who has done such important work in Korean American communities express such bigotry around LGBTQ communities, marriage and public education. His harmful wish to literally erase LGBTQ people from school text books ignores the existence of people like us and our families, who live every day at the intersection of LGBTQ and Korean identities.
“When community leaders like Jung make homophobic and transphobic remarks, it is absolutely devastating to young people in their communities who are struggling to come out. As a community leader, Jung has a moral responsibility to be a voice for these LGBTQ young people–not a megaphone for outdated bigotry.
“We urge Jung to think long and hard about the damaging impact of his words, reevaluate the positions he has taken, and meet with the organizations that have signed onto this statement.”
Organizations that have signed this statement are listed below:
- Dari Project
- Korean Americans United for Equality (KUE)
- Korean American Rainbow Parents (KARP)
- Korean Americans for Political Advancement (KAPA)
- Asian Pacific Islander Project of PFLAG NYC
- National Queer Asian American and Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
- Gay Asian and Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY)
- Asian Pride Project
This statement and correspondence is for educational purposes only and is strictly nonpartisan. It should in no way be construed to oppose or support any candidate for elected office.
BUILDING BRIDGES ONE LEG AT A TIME
Wednesday was Give OUT Day and Dari Project partnered with Korean American Rainbow Parents to run an amazing campaign. We won prize monies in two categories. When you consider we are all part-time volunteers with a shoe-string budget and a limited network, we still managed to place with organizations much larger than us with full-time employees. We placed third in the Asian American and Pacific Islander Organizations category with the generous support of AAPIP and garnered over 90 donors to win $1,000 and split $2,000 evenly among other top-ranking orgs. We also placed third in the Small Organizations Serving People of Color category with the generous support of The Harnisch Foundation to win another $1,000. This is in addition to the $5714 we raised because of our generous donors directly. Along with some seed money from NQAPIA, we raised over $9,200 in as little as 24-hours. All monies will go towards supporting the travel and expenses to host the first conference ever for LGBTQ Korean Americans, their families, allies and faith organizations in Washington, DC on October 15, 2016. Special thanks to Andrew Ahn for allowing us to show a special screening of his film, “돌 (Dol),” and Korean parents joining us from South Korea whose “Free Hug” video went viral over the summer at Pride in Seoul. Find out more information about the conference in Washington, DC on Facebook.
And this is just the beginning! With the generous support of NQAPIA, a sizable group of LGBTQ Korean American activists, organizers, movers and shakers, and parents of LGBTQ Koreans from around the U.S. will meet in New Orleans, LA, to inspire, ideate and mobilize our next steps for a national LGBTQ Korean American conference (location TBD) focusing on solving some of the biggest challenges impacting our abilities to build more bridges with the broader Korean American community. Learn more about the national conference on Facebook.
CALLING ALL OF OUR BEAUTIFUL DARI PEOPLE
We are excited to announce planning has begun for a national conference for LGBTQ folks of Korean descent!!!! We have openings for movers & shakers, visionaries & fundraisers, organizers & activists, presenters and attendees… contact us using the email button on Dari Project’s main page. First regional meetings tentatively scheduled for mid-April!!! Talk to you soon!!!
SAVE THE DATE: QUEEREAN PICNIC IN CENTRAL PARK, NYC
Dari Project is hosting a summer picnic for LGBTQ Koreans in Central Park. Come hang out with the Coordinators, meet other NYC Queereans, and friends visiting from out of town. Kalbi, banchan, and refreshments will be provided. Don’t be shy if you’re new to NYC. Folks coming on their own are especially welcome. Bring a friend. Email us directly to make a reservation or join our Facebook invite.
FILM: KUMU HINA
Dari Project is a community partner for the Asian American International Film Festival’s showing of KUMU HINA. SUNDAY, JULY 27 @2:30PM. Buy your tickets here. NOTE: Use Student/Disabled/Senior option (to ensure the discount in the system) plus the discount code CommPart021.We may be heading to a local spot for drinks after the movie if there’s enough interest. Email us!
JOIN OUR MAILING LIST
The Dari Project headed over to NQAPIA’s 2014 North East Regional Summit this past weekend in Philadelphia, PA and spent much of our downtime planning the rest of our programming for 2014. One of our goals for the year is to focus on outreach with our LGBTQ Korean American community. We have a website and a Facebook fan page but we thought it would be helpful to create a private mailing list too. On this mailing list, we will update you on Dari Project-sponsored events and activities developed specifically for our beautiful community of LGBTQ Korean Americans, their families and friends. Add your name to our growing community by clicking here. We promise not to share your email address with anyone else and we will not spam you intentionally.
WE HAVE EXTRA COPIES
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