Recap: Jan 31st LGBTQ Immigration Event

Hello friends,

Did you make it to our 3rd LGBTQ Immigrant Rights Community Forum on January 31st? We held it at the William Way Center and over 80+ attended. We were moved by narrative stories of LGBTQ newcomers to Philadelphia. Conversations were layered and we debated things like how we might want something now, but we might not want it long term. We also ate food, hung out with new friends and laughed a bit. As one participant Matthew wrote, “…we need to shift away from being on the defensive about e-verify. We need to make commitments that makes a municipality the most welcoming so people can do their best and work and care about what they are doing instead of being scared.” Another friend Erika wrote a message to LGBTQ newcomers, “You can find a home here. You can make your own version of family.” ❤
Below are some pictures, enjoy!

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Philly! MLK Day 2013: March and Rally for Community LOVE and Power!

hotpot! was invited to speak at and attend AAU’s event on MLK day Jan 21, 2013
“Philly! MLK Day 2013: March and Rally for Community Love and Power!” at LOVE Park, and the workshops held prior at Folk Arts – Cultural Treasures Charter School.

hotpot! was thrilled about our invitation to attend and speak at this event. It shows a step towards integration in having other Philly Asian organizations publicly recognize hotpot! as simultaneously LGBTQ and Asian. The day’s events were filled with opportunities to explore the connections in our struggles as Asian American people. We joined Boat People SOS, One Love Movement, AAU, and other Asian American organizations.