Asian, Gay & Proud is a safe space for Asian Pacific-Islander American (APIA) members of the LGBTQ (and questioning) community. The focus of AG&P is on coming out and letting the people around you know that you’re queer and proud of it! You’ll find coming out stories by Asians and Asian-Americans, links to helpful sites, news and a place for you to share your thoughts.
-Create a safe space for Asian or Asian-American LGBTQ to learn about the coming out process
-Provide accurate and diverse information about being an Asian member of the LGBTQ community
-Share stories and opinions with each other
-Have you ever wondered why all the gay and lesbian celebrities were white? (Where was the token Asian actress in The L Word?)
-Did you ever feel like you couldn’t possibly be gay because you never heard it discussed about at home?
-Have you ever felt like you were the only gay Asian person in your entire community?
-Are you afraid to tell your Asian parents about your sexuality because, well let’s face it, you’ve never even talked about sex with them?
-Have you ever felt frustrated by the lack of resources for gay Asians on the internet? Were you disappointed when all you ever found on google when you searched “Asian” and “Gay” was pornographic?
Well, these are the questions we should be asking! Asian, Gay and Proud is here to let you know that we DO exist, and in large numbers. We deserve a voice and we can only do so if we share our stories and experiences with each other. Being Asian-American already puts us in the minority, and being queer on top of that makes it even harder for some of us to come to terms with our identity. We are a diverse group of people with a wide range of beliefs, but the reality is that America and many of its citizens will put us in the same box.
If you’re visiting this site, you’ve probably come out to yourself (or are considering it) and that’s good news for the rest of us! Share your story, and let the rest of our community know about your unique experiences. The focus of this website is on coming out and letting the people around you know that you’re queer and proud of it! But first, you need to come out to yourself and know that you’re perfectly fine the way you are and that while there will be people who might discriminate you for your sexuality, there’s nothing more important than the love you give yourself. The love you have for yourself always outweighs the negativity and prejudices of others.
Miyuki is a resident of the place where circles overlap. As a queer, multi-racial/lingual female mixed-media traveling artist, she is happiest when working with people who embrace intersectionality (and cook good vegan food). She is passionate about using common or discarded objects, personal anecdotes, public spaces and performance to make accessible art that brings non-mainstream identities and ideas into maximum visibility. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, where she was involved in queer Asian activism and making art, she received the Watson Fellowship to travel the world in search of queer artists and activists and made 8 zines highlighting what she learned under her publishing house Queer Scribe Productions. She is currently working on a zine about binational same-sex couples and marriage.
She is a freelance artist, journalist, yoga and meditation teacher, barber, translator, seamstress, lecturer and performer. You can learn more about her at www.estellamiyukibaker.com and follow her travels at www.heymiyuki.wordpress.com If you have any questions or would like to get in touch with her, you can email her at heymiyuki @ gmail . com