Both the LGBTQ+ community and the APA community are bursting with diversity. We are vibrant communities with storied histories and diverse needs. LGBTQ+ APAs hold generations of history that flow through their lives.
LGBTQ+ APAs are also a minority within a minority, and face compounded challenges for it, from cultural to linguistic to religious, to so many more. Moreover, as APAs are facing a rise in anti-Asian sentiment and hate crimes as they are blamed for the coronavirus outbreak, LGBTQ+ APAs face a “double whammy” of resentment and hate crimes for their identities.
In order to fully serve our communities, CAPAA compiled resources for our LGBTQ+ communities. Our communities can also follow and reach out to the Washington State LGBTQ Commission on Facebook for the latest updates, and to their website for further resources.
“Coming Out to API Families: Talking Points for API LGBTQ Youth,” courtesy of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
- East Asian languages: Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean
- Southeast Asian languages: Ilocano (Filipino), Indonesian, Hmong, Khmer, Lao, Malay, Tagalog (Filipino), Thai, Vietnamese
- South Asian languages: Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, Urdu
- West Asian: Arabic, Farsi
- Pacific Islander: Chamorro, Samoan
“Coming Out: Living Authentically as LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander Americans,” courtesy of the Human Rights Campaign
“Family is Still Family” PSA videos, courtesy of Asian Pride Project and NQAPIA
“My Daughter Just Told Me She’s Gay… What Now?” courtesy of API Equality LA
CAPAA does not do case work, nor may we provide legal counsel. We urge all victims of hateful acts to take the following actions:
Get medical help, if necessary.
Write down all details of the crime as soon as possible after the incident. Include the perpetrator[s] gender, age, height, race, weight, clothes and other distinguishing characteristics. If any threats or biased comments were made, include them in the report.
Make a report. Report the incident to your local law enforcement. If victims do not want to go to the police, submit a report to the local Civil Rights/Human Rights Task Force in your area). Even if an incident doesn’t meet the legal definition of a hate crime, it is still important to report it to the appropriate entity. Please refer to the information listed below.
State, county, and city governments and other organizations often have a place to report acts of hate and discrimination including, but not limited to, the resources listed below:
- Washington State Human Rights Commission
Under the law, everyone has the right to be free from discrimination at work, in housing, in a public accommodation, or when seeking credit and insurance. Any individual who believes that he or she has been discriminated against based on protected class status may file a charge of discrimination for employers, housing providers, and businesses.
- King County Office of Civil Rights
This office has authority to handle discrimination complaints only for King County government and for employers, housing providers, and businesses in the unincorporated parts of King County (outside the cities).
- Seattle Office for Civil Rights
This office upholds laws that protect you against discriminatory harassment in housing, employment, or public places within Seattle city limits.
- Spokane Police Department: Reporting Hate and Bias Crimes
This page contains information on what a hate crime is, and how to report it.
- City of Spokane’s Human Rights Commission
This is the appropriate point of contact if you reside in the City of Spokane. The page contains information on different types of complaints.
- Spokane County Human Rights Task Force Hate Incident Report Form
This is the appropriate point of contact if you reside elsewhere in Spokane County.
Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has a guide for victims of hate crimes: What to Do If You’ve Been The Victim of a Hate Crime.