LGBTQ+ Resources

Both the LGBTQ+ community and the ANHPI communities are bursting with diversity. We are vibrant communities with storied histories and diverse needs. LGBTQ+ ANHPI hold generations of history that flow through their lives.

LGBTQ+ ANHPIs 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 ANHPIs are facing a rise in anti-Asian sentiment and hate crimes as they are blamed for the coronavirus outbreak, LGBTQ+ ANHPIs 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.

General Information

On the Community:

On Coming Out:

Our Stories:

Queer APA-Centered Organizations in Washington State:

VietQ Washington is a Vietnamese LGBTQ collective that spans throughout Washington State, with most organizers in the King County. Follow them on Facebook for the most up-to-date information on workshops, support groups, and more.
United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance (U.T.O.P.I.A.) is an organization by and for queer and trans Pacific Islanders. Follow them on Facebook for the most up-to-date information on events, resources, and more. They also have a Portland, OR branch.
Pride ASIA is a Pan-Asian LGBTQ+ organization whose mission is to celebrate, empower and nurture the multi-cultural diversity of the LGBTQ communities through the Asian Pacific Islander lens. Follow them on Facebook for the most up-to-date information on events, resources, and more.
Trikone NW is a South Asian LGBTQ+ organization that serves the Pacific Northwest. Follow them on Facebook for more up-to-date information on events.
Seattle Bayan Queer Collective is a local collective of queer and trans Filipinx members of Bayan PNW, a progressive Filipinx group.

Other APA organizations in Washington with programs/support for LGBTQ+ APAs:

API Chaya is a Pan-Asian organization empowering survivors of gender-based violence and human trafficking. Their Queer Network Program (QNP) holds events and supports the QT community, particularly in tackling issues of intimate partner violence. Follow them on Facebook for the most up-to-date information, including bi-monthly QT Snack N’ Chats.
Japanese American Citizens League (JACL): a Japanese-American centered organization committed to protecting the rights of all segments of the Asian Pacific American community. JACL has been a strong ally of and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community for a long time, and hosted an event called Family 2.0 to address the need for an APA LGBTQ+ centered support group.
Asian Counseling and Referral Services (ACRS): a Pan-Asian non-profit organization. ACRS has hosted and sponsored LGBTQ+ events, including “Bạn – Means More Than Friends,” the first Vietnamese LGBTQ+ conference in the state.

Multilingual Resources

“Coming Out to API Families: Talking Points for API LGBTQ Youth,” courtesy of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)

“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

Report Hate/Discrimination

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:

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.