API Pride is the newest addition to LGBTQ Pride celebrations in the Nation’s Capital. API Pride is a free community event that showcases the diverse and vibrant Queer API community of the Washington metropolitan area. It builds on a tradition of programming by local API LGBTQ organizations such as Pride & Heritage, celebrating both May as Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month and June as LGBTQ Pride Month.

Event Highlights

Discussion: A conversation-style panel will discuss LGBTQ API populations in the District and the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The event takes place on May 17th which is also the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, and next to May 18th, Act to Change’s Day Against Bullying and Hate, and panelists will discuss the impact of violence and harassment in our communities.

Panelists: Urooj Arshad, Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity; Shige Sakurai, International Pronouns Day; Amazin LeThi, Amazin LeThi Foundation; Staff and Youth from AALEAD

Networking Reception: After the Discussion, refreshments and beverages will be offered as audience members will be able to meet and greet panelists, public officials, and community leaders.

Hosting Organizations

API Pride is presented by the Capital Pride Alliance in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA), the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs (MOLGBTQA), Asian and Pacific Islander Queers United for Action (AQUA DC), Asian Pacific Islander Queer Society (APIQS), KhushDC, Korean Queer & Transgender Association of DC (KQTDC), and Act for Change.