LGBTQ+ Asian American Leaders Spotlight

Barrett in a grey suit coat, holding a microphone in one hand and gesturing with the other in front of a rainbow gay pride and blue, pink, and white transgender pride flag. The text reads: Kay Ulanday Barrett, Poet, performer, and educator. Barrett is a disabled pin@y-amerikan trans activist who does community based movement building. Their most recent book More Than Organs is “a love letter to Brown, Queer, and Trans futures” and a recipient of the 2021 Stonewall Book Honor Award.
Yin Q, with closely shaved hair and two earrings on one ear, leaning against a wall looking at the camera. The text reads: Yin Q, Sex Worker Rights activist, Educator, Dominatrix. As a core organizer of Red Canary Song, a New York City based organization that advocates for Asian and migrant sex workers, Q has worked to provide direct aid to sex workers who’s businesses have shut down due to COVID-19 or racism.
Vaid-Menon in a purple gown posed lounging across a purple couch, in intricate yet stylish makeup and a styled bun on top of their head. The top left hand corner has the Advancing Justice LA logo. The text reads: Alok Vaid-Menon, Writer, Performer, Designer. Alok Vaid-Menon is a gender non-conforming writer, performer, designer, and public speaker who’s work seeks to push beyond the gender binary. They have published two books: Femme in Public (2017) and Beyond the Gender Binary (2020).
Zia wearing a red shirt, smiling into the camera in front of a blurred street. The text reads: Helen Zia, Journalist, writer, activist. A key organizer in the Justice for Vincent Chin campaign, Zia brought national attention to the struggles of Asians in America. Her book Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People was a finalist for the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize, and in 2020, she published Last Boat out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao’s Revolution.
B&W photo Tsui at the gym. The text: Kitty Tsui, activist, organizer, athlete, artist, author. A leader of the San Francisco Asian Pacific Islander lesbian movement in the 70s, Kitty Tsui is a woman of many talents. She was the first out Chinese American lesbian to have a book published, and won several medals in women’s physique at the 1986 and 1990 gay games. In 2016, Tsui received the Phoenix Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women and Transgender Community.
A photo of Lee with shoulder length hair, smiling into the camera. The text reads: Patrick G. Lee, Filmmaker, community organizer. Lee’s Unspoken (2017) featuring queer and trans Asian Americans reading coming out letters to their family, won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short at the Austin Asian American Film Festival. He also produced a five-part NBC series titled Searching for Queer Asian Pacific America, highlighting queer Asian histories, communities, and narratives.



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Advancing Justice Southern California (AJSOCAL)

Advancing Justice Southern California (AJSOCAL)

AJSOCAL is the nation's largest legal aid and civil rights organization serving the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community