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May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and I am taking time to honor the advocates and allies who have driven our movement forward at the intersections of LGBTQ experience and Asian Pacific Islander (API) identities.

LGBTQ Asian Pacific Islanders are now facing a two-front battle in response to the pandemic.

As a community, I’m calling for everyone to stand up against the hate and violence against the Asian Pacific Islander community when we see it arise.

I think of trailblazing leaders like Patsy Mink, who in 1965 was the first woman of color and Asian American woman elected to Congress.

Check out Asian Americans Advancing Justice and Defend Yourself for resources to addressing anti-API hate.

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