Born Year of the Tiger
This past Sunday, hundreds of people gathered in Chinatown for the annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade. The cold and snow did not deter folks from lining the sidewalks with hot tea and pastries. For me, marching in the parade with the community organization Invisible to Invincible: API Pride of Chicago was really meaningful. This was our second year marching and we found the organizing committee to be affirming and inclusive.
|Chicago i2i members, friends, allies marching |
with all smiles! Some UIC alumni participated, too.
Our work in visibility and community building is far from over. I2I and other LGBTQ Asian American organizations have their work ahead of them to reach out to Asian Americans and organizations. I'm sure there will be disagreement, conflict, and frustration. But, hopefully, there will also be humanity, open minded-ness, compassion, and education. I truly believe there is a process of exposure, education, tolerance, and acceptance when working with communities.
Happy Year of the Horse and let's use your characteristics of being kind to others, cheerfulness, and talented - over being stubborn and impatient.
Chicago i2i has an API specific "coming out" support group the first Monday of the month at Asian Human Services, from 6-7:30 p.m. There is also a general open meeting the second Tuesday of the month, from 6-7:30 p.m., at ICAH, 226 S. Wabash, suite 900. The space is wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral restrooms.