Meeting about the Immigration Listening Forum

Last Thursday, hotpot! and friends held a planning meeting for the next Immigration Listening Forum slated for a day in January 2013. These photos highlight some moments from the evening.

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Trans* March 2012!

It was the second annual Trans* March at Love Park, and we had an amazing time supporting our fellow trans* brothers, sisters, siblings, and friends. A year ago, we helped make  a presence in the city. We were out and proud in our support of trans* people as an organisation because we have a strong commitment to raising awareness about issues within our community. Thanks to everyone who participated with us on behalf of hotpot!.

This year, the rally came together to commemorate Kyra, whose death occurred one month ago. We cannot let these senseless deaths within the trans* community continue. We must educate, support, and fight for our friends. As a trans* person, it pains me to see lives end because of the hate and fear thrown at us. The Trans* March is a small step toward equality, and we need more people to walk alongside us.

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Invitation! October 25, planning meeting

Hello hotpot!, friends, and community partners,

I cordially invite you to hotpot!’s Queer Immigrant Rights Panel Discussion (second iteration this year) and Newcomers’ Resource Guide to Philadelphia Planning Meeting. My vision is that we come together at the William Way Center to think through the creative and logistical details for this Panel Discussion that we will host this winter and the Resource Guide we will publish by Spring 2013.

Since this event is a visioning meeting, I’d like to invite people who were involved in the planning meetings for the Queer Immigrant Rights Community Forum we hosted in May as well as new allies who want to join us. Any friend who wants to help in this visioning process is welcome to come.

Please take a look at the program book from our May 2012 Queer Immigrant Rights discussion. Also, here is a Torontonian publication–I was in Toronto a few times in the summer of 2011and was amazed to find multiple non-profit publications aimed for queer newcomers (I also learned to use the term newcomer around this time) that might spark interest and debate. All suggestions welcome.

When: October 25th, 6-8pm

Where: William Way Center, 1315 Spruce St. Philadelphia, PA 19107

Why: If you want to join visioning conversations about a Queer Immigrant Rights Panel and Queer Newcomers’ Resource Guide to Philadelphia

Who: Anyone who is affiliated with hotpot! as a member, ally, future friend and those involved with Immigrants Rights work in Philadelphia and wants to be a part of the planning for the panel and resource guide.

Please RSVP by October 22nd

If you can’t come, there are still many ways you can be involved! Be in touch~

Karaoke Becomes a hotpot! Tradition

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On September 22, twenty hotpot! members and loved ones came together for singing and dinner at New Harmony restaurant in Chinatown. Some friends loved playing the 80’s tunes, and others wanted to play the current top 40 songs, and still others enjoyed John Lennon and kids’ songs. Two members admitted that though they were late-bloomers to karaoke, they were moved to participate and sing out loud, giving caution (and possible embarrassed pink cheeks) to the wind! This being our 2nd annual, karaoke is becoming a tradition within hotpot! and we hope to have another run soon. (We’ve already started brainstorming ways to make it even more awesome.) Thanks to all who joined, and hope to see you and more of you next time. To those newcomers who allowed karaoke to be their first hotpot! event, you’re awesome and eager to see you at the next event.