LGBTQ Immigration Listening Forum May 2012

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This year, with the support of the Asian Mosaic Fund, hotpot! is hosting two LGBTQ Immigration Listening Forums. One of which has already happened last week and another in the fall. The work to organize our May forum was hard but rewarding. We had been working on it for about 4 months and I’m very happy of how the forum turned out to be. Check out the link to our program book below.

The fact is, this year’s Listening Forum hold a special meaning for me. I was a speaker at the first Listening Forum on May 2010, chosen to be there because I was a newly granted queer asylee.  I have come full circle now that I am part of hotpot! Steering Committee organizing the second Listening Forum and continuing to educate myself on political movements around queer immigration.

I learned during the forum that the issue around LGBTQ immigration affected different people from different backgrounds and ethnicity. I’m glad that I was able to be there to listen to all of the awesome speakers. I was also impressed by the number of people who came.

To all who came to support us, the speakers, the planning organizations, our sponsors and everyone else I might forgot to name: Thank you very much!


Immigration Forum – Second Community Meeting!

On Wednesday, April 11th, hotpot! teamed up with members from several other organizations in Philly to plan our Listening Forum that happened just last week. I was facilitating the conversation along with a fellow Steering Committee member and I’m so happy to be a part of network of wonderful people who put so much effort into the work that we collectively believe in.

The culmination of all of our work evidently shows at the Listening Forum, and I am proud to have been a part of this contribution to our community. To everyone who participated in the planning process and implementation, thank you so much. It definitely would not have turned out so well without you.


Dyke March- June 9th

This time a year ago I remember reading emails from the listserv and posts on the blog about dyke march. I remember being nervous and hesistant to come out and meet total strangers. I worried about fitting in, about the fact that I hadn’t really been active in Philadelphia’s queer community or had any experience organizing. All those worries went away when I came to Dyke March last year and met all these amazing individuals who made me feel welcome.

As a person who grew up yearning to see LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islanders in the media and around me, I can personally attest to how much visibility means. If you’re reading this right now and maybe have some of the same concerns as I did, I hope you take a chance and join us!

Please join hotpot! Saturday, June 9th at Kahn Park (11th and Pine streets) for Dyke March.
Rally: 3pm
Step-off: 4pm

Bring family and friends.
Wear a green shirt to visibly unify yourself with hotpot!

Please RSVP to if you plan to come out

What is Dyke March?

Historically, dyke marches were started as a protest to more mainstream, patriarchal pride parades. For more history and information on Philadelphia Dyke March please visit

Come and Join hotpot! at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference

Hiya all,

This year, hotpot! is brimming with excitement for our participation at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference (May 31st – June 3rd) at the Philadelphia Convention Center. The whole conference is free and you can register here.

Below is the list of workshops/caucuses with API and South Asian content that we hope you will join us at. Please click the links for more information:

Thursday, May 31st 12:45pm is the Asian and Pacific Islander Gender non Conforming and Trans* Caucus and Global Spotlight South Asia at 4:00 pm.

Friday, June 1st at 5:30pm hotpot!’s members will lead a workshop called How to be an ally to gender non conforming and gender queer people, followed by a play called Tara’s Crossing at 8pm, where two hotpot! members will participate at the talk back.

We’re looking forward to see you there!

LGBTQ Immigration Listening Forum- Join us on May 17th

On May 17th, hotpot! is sponsoring a listening forum in Philadelphia to highlight the often unheard stories of LGBTQ immigrants.

Will you join us?

Here are the details:
Thursday, May 17th, 2012 from 6:30-9pm
The Rotunda 4014 Walnut St., West Philadelphia
Speakers include LGBTQ Immigrants and service providers. We’ll have partners from local immigration and LGBTQ organizations tabling and we’ll provide light snacks before the forum.

We want to make people aware that in our city, there is a need to support LGBTQ Immigrants who face xenophobia, racism, homophobia and transphobia. Many LGBTQ immigrants face unique challenges and injustice. These include navigating the application for asylum based on sexual orientation, demanding the rights of transgender individuals in immigration detention, and mourning the isolation from mainstream non-immigrant LGBTQ communities. LGBTQ immigrants are often isolated and not seen.

We believe that building awareness and creating change through visibility and education are the first step in mitigating the injustices faced by LGBTQ immigrants as well as improving our interconnected lives. We hope that the Listening Forum will be the first step in addressing the challenges faced by LGBTQ immigrants.

Join us on May 17th from 6:30-9pm!  In consideration of issues of safety and access, no ID is needed to get into the event. The Rotunda is wheelchair accessible and close to public transportation (40th St stop on Market Frankford Blue Line, bus 21). Bike and street parking is available. Please be in touch if you or a friend needs an interpreter; we have contacts who can interpret in ASL, Spanish, Mandarin, French and Indonesian.

Please RSVP and help us spread the word!!!

In community,

Van, Laurent, Kris, Alison, Miki and Megumi
hotpot! steering committee