Asian, South Asian and Pacific Islander queer communities are raising their profile in LGBTQ Pride marches, like Sunday's Heritage of Pride March in New York City. APF Radio reports from the 2014 Pride March in New York City and speaks to members of groups marching in the Asian contingent of Pride to find out what made them want to participate in the march and what kind of policy changes they wish to see for Asian, South Asian and Pacific Islander LGBTQ Americans.
Eileen of Q-WAVE (Queer Womyn Asian Visibility Empowerment), Dennis Chin of GAPIMNY (Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York), Priya and Karen of SALGA-NYC, Melanie Dulfo of APICHA and Miss LGBT Philippines-USA 2014, Chelle L'Huillier of Barangay New York talk about the importance of creating a space to gain acceptance within their own cultures while also gaining visibility in the mainstream LGBT movement.
For the first time ever, the API Project of PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays New York City) also marched in New York City Pride on Sunday. APF revisits a broadcast from the archives with an excerpt from our 2013 Pride show featuring a roundtable that included Clara Yoon. Tonight we hear how Clara revealed to her own family and friends that she is a proud parent of a transgender son.
This is an edited excerpt from our 2013 Pride Roundtable segment that originally aired in June 2013. The original segment was produced by Hyun Lee and Michelle Chen.
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