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Asian and Pacific Islander Family Pride - works to end the isolation of Asian and Pacific Islander families with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members through support, education, and dialog: Beloved Daughter, Family Letter Project publication. Helpline: 510-818-0887. http://www.apifamilypride.org 

Asian Counseling & Referral Service - services are provided in the language of the young people and their families, with an understanding of their culture, including individual and family counseling, supportive case management, psychiatric evaluations and medication management, 24-hour crisis service, affordable individual, group and family therapy, parent education and family support, youth activities and support groups (available for free at high schools in Seattle and Bellevue). To find more information about school-based activities and support groups or to make a counseling appointment, call 206-695-7511. 720 8th Avenue South, Suite 200 , Seattle , WA 98104 and 12828 Northup Way, Suite 100 , Bellevue , WA 98005. Contact person for LGBTQ youth services: Crystal Swanda --206.695.7578, email: crystals@acrs.org; Website:  http://www.acrs.org/

Beloved Daughter - a 40-page booklet of letters from Chinese mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters to their lesbian/bisexual daughter/sister.  "Beloved Daughter," printed in Chinese and English and illustrated with family photographs, reveals a range of feelings, from fear and shame to understanding and love, as families share their own "coming-out" stories. To order copies ($3, including domestic mailing), Email: maplbn@labrys.org or use snail mail: MAPLBN, c/o Hanna Lu, 3103 Shelter Creek Lane, San Bruno, CA 94066; Website: http://www.labrys.org/family/

Darkness Calls - this comic book, inspired, written and illustrated by Steve Sanderson, a professional Aboriginal (native Canadian) youth cartoonist, is a great resource on suicide prevention for youth, visual learners and hard to reach populations.  It’s the story of a teenager that feels socially isolated and has difficulty at school.  Even though Kyle has tremendous artistic talent and the support of a good friend he finds one day just too overwhelming and considers taking his own life.  It’s the story of the struggle between good and evil over the spirits of youth. The story was previewed with health professionals and youth focus groups for authentic characters and language. From the Healthy Aboriginal Network, 328 E 32nd Ave, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V5V 2Y4; 604-876-0243; Website: http://www.thehealthyaboriginal.net

GLBT in the non-European World - same sex relationships and gender identities among non-whites - from ColorQ World, a space where people of color and friends share perspectives and exchange experiences. http://www.colorq.org/Articles/2000/qcolor.htm

La-Ba-Te-Yah Youth Home Community - an independent living program for homeless youth, for urban Native American and youth of color. Case management on site. Co-ed; has an amazing Two-Spirits program as well and has a good number of Two-Spirit staff. 25 beds for youth ages 14-21. Stays of 18 months (or if not state involved to 22nd birthday). Provided by United Indians of All Tribes Foundation in Seattle. Open referral w/ interview process. Phone: 206-781-8303.

LGBTQMuslimYouth email discussion group - people age 25 and under who are Muslims and identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, or who may be questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity are welcomed to join. The list is sponsored by Al Fatiha. Website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LGBTQMuslimYouth

MySistahs - created by and for young women of color  to provide information and offer support on sexual and reproductive health issues through education and advocacy. This project of Advocates for Youth has monthly features, message boards, and online peer education young women receive information on activism, culture, sexual health, and other issues that are important to them. http://www.mysistahs.org

The MySistahs peer educators - peer educators answer your questions about sex, your body, and your health! - from Advocates for Youth. http://www.mysistahs.org/sts/sistahs.htm

The Sexual Health of Latina Adolescents - Focus on Assets and in pdf format here (pdf format) - from Advocates for Youth - briefly highlights sexual health data on young Latinas and then summarizes the findings of asset-focused research, aiming to assist youth-serving professionals to identify and incorporate youth development strategies into their programming; and to encourage policy makers, at all levels, to make fiscal and policy investments that will promote the sexual health of young Latinas. http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/publications/frtp/latina.htm 

Young African American Women and HIV and in pdf format here. (pdf format) - from research to practice - from Advocates for Youth - "The HIV and AIDS epidemic has disproportionately affected the African American community across time, although rates of HIV infection and AIDS were relatively rare among black women in the early years of the epidemic." http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/publications/frtp/youngaawomen.htm

Network on Religion and Justice for Asian American and Pacific Islander Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people (NRJ-APILGBT) - a project of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS) at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. http://www.nrj-api-lgbt.org/

One Umbrella, Many People: Diversity Within the LGBT Communities - Within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities there is a tremendous diversity of experience. This activity from GLSEN will hopefully encourage you to learn more about LGBT people from different backgrounds. http://www.glsen.org/cgi-bin/iowa/all/library/record/1292.html and in pdf format here (pdf format)

PFLAG's Families of Color Network - http://community.pflag.org/NETCOMMUNITY/Page.aspx?pid=462&srcid=460

PFLAG publications -- in Spanish, en Español - http://www.indiana.edu/~arenal/pflag.html

POCAAN - People of Color Against AIDS Network - a multi-racial AIDS prevention organization created in response to the devastating impact that HIV/AIDS was and continues to have on communities of color. Phone: 206-322-7061; Website: http://www.pocaan.org/

Services include: Peer education and presentations at schools, health fairs and community settings where youth hang out. Truth Anthony (truth@POCAAN.org; ext. 233) and Clifford Thornton (ext. 222).

The ongoing support groups at POCAAN in King County are NOT mostly specifically for youth, but youth would be welcome to participate:

  • Asian Pacific Islander Youth. Contact person: Collin Kwan, 206.322.7061 ext. 229, email: collin@POCAAN.org 

  • Entre Hermanos, Gay, Lesbian, Bi and Trans Latinos/as. Contact Sergio Miranda, 206-335-7103 or call POCAAN, ext. 223 or 236.

  • Girlfriends Talking, Women (Heterosexual, Bi, Lesbian) in the Sex Industry: ext. 240.

  • The Kaz Jones Coalition, (formerly Brother to Brother) Gay & Bi men of African descent. Contact Leonard Dawson, ext. 200.

  • Sistah 2 Sistah, Lesbian, Bi, Trans women of African descent. Contact Sheilah Robinson, ext. 235.

  • T-Time, Transgender people of color: ext. 225.

Queer Asian Youth (QAY) - provides social spaces for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, queer, curious, undecided, or questioning East and Southeast Asian youth and their friends. QAY is an initiative of ACAS: Asian Community AIDS Services in Toronto, Canada. The site offers a face-to-face program in Toronto, but also an online message for youth anywhere. http://www.qay.ca/index.php

Queer Network Program at the Asian and Pacific Islander Women and Family Safety Center - the API Safety Center prevents domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking through community organizing and education; provides safe, culturally relevant services for Asian/Pacific Islander women, youth, and children. The Queer Network Project is one project of the Safety Center. They provide trainings on homophobia/heterosexism to the API community, advocacy-based counseling for API LGBTQ survivors of abuse and work to develop the skills in the API and LGBTQ communities to more effectively prevent and respond to intimate partner violence. PO Box 14047, Seattle, WA 98114 Contact person: Joanne Alcantara, Phone: 206-467-9976; Email: Joanne@apialliance.org; Website: http://www.apiwfsc.org/

Remember Fred Martinez, Jr. - 16 years old Navajo F.C. Martinez, Jr. was brutally assaulted and left to die alone in an anti-glbt hate crime in Cortez, Colorado in 2001. http://www.temenos.net/remember/martinez/

Two Spirit/LGBT Rights Toolkit for Tribal Governments Introduced

By Gale Courey Toensing, September 26, 2012.

A first-of-its-kind guide complete with sample legal language is now available for tribal governments to adopt or amend their laws to recognize the rights of all their citizens, including Two Spirit and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.

The “Tribal Equity Toolkit: Tribal Resolutions and Codes to Support Two Spirit and LGBT Justice in Indian Country” made its debut on September 26 when it was introduced to delegates at the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians’ 59th Annual Fall Convention at the Wild Horse Resort & Casino in Pendleton, Oregon.

“Our hope is to begin to construct a cohesive narrative about Two Spirit & LGBT Natives within our own Tribal communities and for those stories to compel us to take action,” said Se-ah-dom Edmo, director of the Indigenous Ways of Knowing Program at Lewis & Clark College, which developed the toolkit in partnership with the Native American Program of Legal Aid Services of Oregon, Basic Rights Oregon and the Western States Center. The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians supported the work.

Edmo said inspiration for the project came from the landmark decisions by the Coquille Tribe and the Suquamish Tribe recognizing same sex marriage in 2008 and 2011, respectively.

The comprehensive toolkit is packed with legal information and structured around the categories of Family; Employment; Education’ Health Care/End of Life; and Bias-Motivated (Hate) Crimes. Each category is broken subjects. Family, for example, is broken into Marriage, Domestic Partnerships and Civil Unions, Children, Child Custody and Visitation, and Child Welfare. Each section includes one or more sample resolutions. Marriage, for example, includes the Tribal Resolution in Support of Two Spirit Equality and the Freedom to Marry and a Marriage Equality Ordinance.”

In addition, Basic Rights produced an eight-minute video called “Our Families: LGBT Two Spirit Stories” featuring the personal stories of LGBT tribal members. In the video Phillip Hillarie, a Lummi Nation citizen, advises, “Any Two Spirit person who is able and willing to come out, I would encourage them to reach to their elders. I want young people to keep hold of their families, who can help them to build that hope and trust in who they are.”

Also, the organizations also produced a two-page flier called “Why Marriage Matters” that supports a Washington state ballot initiative – Referendum 74 – upholding same sex marriage that goes before voters in November.

Robert Kentta, a Siletz Tribe citizen, council member and Cultural Resources Director, provides an eloquent foreword to the toolkit. He delineates the historic wrongs by which the dominant culture treated Indigenous Peoples as less than human – stolen lands, genocide, introduced diseases, children snatched and placed in hateful “institutions of assimilation.” Having been wronged, Kentta writes, “all of us…have a strong sense of what social justice is and what it should look like.” Two spirit people have special roles in the communities, cultures and ceremonial life, Kentta says. “Our people were strong and beautiful in our traditional understanding of life, and that we all have different gifts. Two Spirit indicates an ability to see the world from both male and female perspectives and to bridge the world of male and female. The concept of balance is important in our traditional views, and balance can be between individuals or groups or within a particular individual. Two Spirit captures that concept of balance within an individual.” Noting that Two Spirit people have been “invisibilized and stigmatized” he says tribes now have a chance to “protect and preserve Two Spirit and LGBT narratives as an essential piece to preservation of our cultures.” The toolkit provides tribal governments the opportunity to reflect on how they are either perpetuating policies that are damaging to the community or policies and laws that uphold and demonstrate a commitment to justice and equity as enduring community values, Kentta says. “The work compiled here – with love and understanding, is just what it says it is – a toolkit. It does not dictate, it does not ask anything of you but to read it and decide what you believe in, and what core principles you stand for. It gives our communities another set of tools for restoring ourselves.”

The free toolkit is available on the website of the Indigenous Ways of Knowing Program.

Washington Asian Pacific Islander Families Against Substance Abuse (WAPIFASA) - serves youth ages 10-20 in the Asian and Pacific Islander community in King County Washington, helping them deal with chemical dependency and substance abuse issues. They provide services for families, school and King County Officials that meet the cultural needs and expectations of the community they serve, and provides and advocate for culturally competent and age-appropriate prevention and substance abuse treatment services for Asian Pacific Islander Youth and all Youth of Color. 606 Maynard Ave S. Suite 106; Seattle, WA 98104. Phone: (206) 223-9578; Fax: (206) 623-3479; Website: http://www.wapifasa.org/wapifasa/

¡Yo Soy! : a youth group that seeks to provide a safe space for young gay, bisexual, queer, and questioning Latino men to discuss issues that intersect with culture, family, gender, health, religion, and sex. Sponosored by Entre Hermanos, a local Latino/a LGBTQ organization that aims to promote the health and well being of the LGBTQ and questioning community in a culturally appropriate environment through disease prevention, education, support service, advocacy, and community building [ www.entrehermanos.org ]. WHO: Gay, Bisexual, Queer, and Questioning Latino Men; Ages: 16-21. WHAT: A safe space to meet other young Latinos and discuss issues pertaining to our community & FREE FOOD! WHEN: Wednesday, July 27, 2011; 6-8pm. WHERE: Entre Hermanos; 1505 Broadway Ave, Seattle. For more information please contact us at 206.322.7700 or email us at info@entrehermanos.org

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