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Creating Hmong LGBTQ Space Everywhere by Alice Y. Hom

“Creating Hmong LGBTQ Space Everywhere” By Alice Y. Hom

Shades of Yellow (SOY), a Hmong lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer organization located in the Twin Cities, Minnesota has been creating safer spaces and a community for Hmong LGBTQ people to meet others to share and learn more about integrating their ethnicity, gender, and sexuality in affirming and supportive ways. They also have developed ally relationships to build understanding and acceptance for Hmong LGBTQ members within their Hmong and LGBTQ communities of which they are a part.

As the Director of AAPIP’s Queer Justice Fund, I met with SOY staff, board, and a few members on February 7th to lead a facilitated discussion about the history of LGBTQ AAPI community organizing, my own development as a Queer AAPI activist, and their thoughts about the future direction for SOY as they contemplate new leadership and strategies to build the organization and their members.

A former board member, Fue Khang shared, “This conversation was definitely something we needed. We have not yet had an individual come in to work one-on-one with our Board and/or Staff, so this meeting re-energized me. For a while I was feeling the affects of burnout and a bit hopeless, but having this meeting to talk over our concerns and visions gave me a new perspective for SOY.”

A group of 11 met over a tasty dinner at a Cambodian restaurant where we made a Queer AAPI space in a semi-private back room where we spoke freely, laughed loudly, and at times, turned serious on topics such as coming out, family and community acceptance, discrimination, social change, and how best for SOY to play a role in changing social and community conditions by addressing racism, homophobia, and sexism in ways that make sense culturally from the different perspectives of SOY members and leaders. “[This] meeting helped reinforce my thoughts and helped me redefined what social change is and can be,” said Doua Xiong.

People shared their challenges of being Hmong and queer, how they navigate the sometimes different worlds of their LGBTQ community and their Hmong community, and how they encounter a variety of reactions when coming out to friends and family members. Huey Lee remarked, “I had the best and most productive night ever with SOY and Alice Hom. I never thought just talking with people [would] be this great and that I would learn so much. I really enjoyed talking about the concept of space and that as Hmong Queer, we have the opportunity to create Queer space where ever we go!”

The final topic of the evening centered on SOY’s current leadership transition and the short-term and future direction of the organization. Everyone chimed in with their different perspectives and opinions based on their connection, history, and roles with SOY. The next steps include creating more opportunities to have larger gatherings to continue the dialogue and to bring interested people together who want to do the work of maintaining and sustaining SOY because it is a valuable resource for the Hmong LGBTQ community and to ally communities.

Chong Moua, a SOY staff member, summed it up, “It was good to know that SOY is not the only organization that goes through challenges, change, and transitions. Discussing our specific concerns and having the opportunity to share our ideas and thoughts connected everyone, board, staff, and constituents, on a deeper level. Having this understanding regrounded everyone back to the same starting point. I am reassured, hopeful, and excited for all the opportunities ahead!”


Please come and support one of SOY’s signature events, SOY New Year celebration, this Saturday, February 26th.

Buasavanh Banquet Hall
7324 Lakeland Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428.
Doors Open at 3 pm
Open-Mic and After Party at 9 pm
For more information, please see

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A roundup of tools and resources!

We’ve recently updated our listing of  some tools and resources  from partners and other nonprofit allies that we think you may find useful.  Browse the full list on our website: or simply click on one of the categories below.

Board Development & Governance
Capacity Building & Strategic Planning
Collaborations & Coalition Building
Community Building & Community Development
Community Organizing
Domestic Violence
Evaluation & Working with Consultants
Facilitation, Forums & Surveys
Fundraising, Grant writing & Budgeting
Gender, Gender Identity, LGBTQ
Immigration & Refugee Issues
Leadership Development & Intergenerational Issues
Media & Communications
Organizational Assessment & Development
Policy Advocacy
Racial Equity & Asset-Based Approaches
Responsive Philanthropy
Social Justice & Movement Building


Technology (for nonprofits)
Theory of Social Change

+ General sites with more resources

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Nov 5th in San Jose ~ “Finding the Words Translating API/LGBT Issues Into Action”

FREE (donations are welcome!)

November 5, 2009 | Registration Begins 6:30 PM | Event 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
United Way Bldg., Rm. 105
1922 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126

” LGBT issues are API issues. Find out how immigration and marriage equality affect our communities and how conversations about these issues are lost in translation.

Panel includes representatives from API Equality, Out4Immigration and Song That Radio.  For more information or to RSVP, go to”

South Bay First Thursdays is a monthly dinner series for people in the non-profit, for-profit, and government sectors interested in Asian American & Pacific Islander (AA&PI) community issues and service opportunities. Our mission is to foster a sense of community and understanding through educational events, focusing on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

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Aug 14-16th, Seattle – A National Conference of LGBTQ APIs

NQAPIA Conference, August  14 - 16, 2009 - Seattle

NQAPIA Conference, August 14 - 16, 2009 - Seattle

Program Highlights for Transgress, Transform, Transcend
A National Conference of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Asian Americans, South Asians and Pacific Islanders (API)

NQAPIA Release For Release: July 16, 2009
Contact: Norma Timbang, (206) 229-4662,

A diverse and full program has been confirmed for the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance’s (NQAPIA) 3-day conference, “Transgress, Transform, Transcend,” which will take place August 14th – 16th 2009 in Seattle at the University of Washington. Ben de Guzman, Conference Program committee chair and NQAPIA Co-Director, remarked, “With the conference just about a month away, excitement is mounting. This conference will showcase the leading lights in both Asian American/ Pacific Islander (AAPI) and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) communities. Come to Seattle and be a part of the history we’re making!”

Each day of the conference will be opened by a keynote address, given by keynote speakers Mia Mingus (Co-Executive Director of SPARK Reproductive Justice Now), Dakota (Seattle Youth Poetry Slam Series Finalist), and Vega Subramaniam and Mala Nagarajan (plaintiffs in a Washington state lawsuit for marriage equality).

A full schedule of plenaries, workshops, caucuses and social activities will follow the keynote speeches. Speakers and presenters include: Miriam Yeung (Executive Director of National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum), Darlene Nipper (Deputy Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force), Kris Hayashi (Executive Director of Audre Lorde Project), musical artist Danny Morito Katz, and performance group Good Asian Drivers, and API Equality (Los Angeles and San Francisco-based coalitions promoting marriage equality).

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