These resources are specific to Asian Pacific Islander (API) LGBTQ individuals and their families, and include counseling and support, reading materials, and short films and videos. Also consult Asian Pacific Islander Specific for organizations and websites that support the API community.
Counseling and Support
You can investigate local counseling and support in your area by consulting the GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality, the world’s largest and oldest association of LGBTQ healthcare professionals. Its extensive Provider Directory lets you specify your therapeutic needs. If you click the Additional Search button to display the Language Spoken menu, you can search for a physician who speaks your desired language, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog, and more.
This book list is specific to the Asian and API communities. We provide the publishing information for each book, so you can locate it via your local library or favorite book vendor. If the LGBTQ books you find helpful are not part of your library holdings, we encourage you to ask them to order them, so they are available to community members who might otherwise not have access to them. For a more extensive LGBTQ book list, consult Recommended Reading.
- Beloved Daughter is a collection of letters, written by family members of LGBTQ Asian women, who tell the stories and struggles of families grappling with their daughters and/or sisters’ sexuality. Each letter appears in both English and Chinese.
- Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights by distinguished law professor Kenji Yoshino is both of memoir of his own journey as a gay man combined with a legal manifesto for civil rights.
- Moving Truths: Queer and Transgender: Desi Writings on Family is an anthology of essays edited by Aparajeeta ‘Sasha’ Duttchoudhury and Rukie Hartman that uses storytelling as a bridge for families to better understand their Queer and Transgender Desi family members. Both authors are alumni of University of Washington. This article explains how and why they created this book.
- Two Spirits, One Heart: A Mother, Her Transgender Son, and Their Journey to Love and Acceptance by Marsha Aizumi is a mother’s story of understanding, accepting, and supporting her transgender son.
These web pages provide articles, fact sheets, and multi-language information. You might also consult PFLAG National Publications for more materials.
- Coming Out is a resource on the Q&A Space website for LGBTQ individuals who want to disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity to their loved ones. It includes questions to consider before coming out, a plan for possible parental reactions, and guidelines for creating a Coming Out Letter.
- Family Is Still Family, Developed by Love is Love (scroll to bottom of page) is a series of one-page, multilingual fact sheets for parents who have LGBTQ kids, in nineteen Asian languages and scripts. NQAPIA developed them in conjunction with their PSA campaign (see the upcoming section “Videos” for details.)
- Human Right Campaign provides several helpful articles.
- PFLAG San Gabriel Valley API Chapter is an Asian Pacific Islander Chapter of PFLAG and provides resources, including multilingual documents, as well as personal stories and a blog.
- PFLAG NYC API Project is a New York-based dedicated group for API and Asian families and provides resources (from PFLAG Brisbane) in multiple languages including Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese.
These videos range from short films to longer documentaries, several in Chinese.
- API Parents Who Love Their LGBT Kids is a multilingual PSA campaign, sponsored by NQAPIA, that supports API parents who have LGBTQ kids as well as LGBTQ youth who want to come out to their parents, who are often foreign-born immigrants or/and limited English proficient. In the related Asian or API language, with English subtitles.
- A Place in the Middle is a student-friendly educational short film which tells the true story of a young girl in Hawaiʻi who dreams of leading her school’s boys-only hula group. The website includes learning goals on diversity and inclusion. In English.
- Coming Home – Celebrating Chinese New Year tells the story of a young gay man who comes home to his parents over the holiday and the subsequent changes that occur.
- Daddy’s Heart is a short video on a Taiwanese father’s journey to acceptance for his lesbian daughter. Produced by Home Is Love, a Taiwanese group that supports same-sex marriage. In Chinese with English subtitles.
- Love in a Mountain Town is a short film produced by PFLAG-China, about LGBTQ people and their families facing issues such as coming out in a Chinese town, with English and Chinese subtitles.
- Mama Rainbow is a documentary, shown here in full, that features six Chinese mothers talking openly about their experiences with their gay and lesbian children. In Chinese with English subtitles.
- Our Families: LGBT Asian and Pacific Islanders Stories is the first in a series produced by Our Families, a community education campaign that raises the visibility of LGBTQ people of color, and features first person accounts from API LGBTQ people.
- PFLAG China features mothers from PFLAG China, all in Chinese with no subtitles.
- PFLAG Korea provides several videos, including this one in Korean with English subtitles. You can also check this moving video of their chapter providing love and support for the LGBTQ community by giving hugs at Korea’s Queer Culture Festival held in Seoul.
- Q&A Space, a project of API Equality LA offers many compelling videos on the issues that face LGBTQ API people and their families. Here is a sampling of them (all in English):
- Proud Mom is series of short videos by a mother of a gay gender-creative son, who shares her parenting insights and experiences during his growing years.
- It’s a Process is a first person account of a Chinese lesbian woman discovering her identity and coming out to her family.
- Mr. Macho Man is a first person account of a gay man with Samoan Chinese heritage on meeting his first love and coming out to his family.