2018

The 2018 Celebrating the Asian American LGBTQ+ Experience was the first event with a fundraising component through IndieGoGo, which raised over $200 for Lambda Literary, CAPE, and the Trevor Project respectively. The event itself was a spectacular standing-room only at the Chinese American Museum courtyard, and featured poetry readings followed by a panel discussion.

Addie Tsai, Kay Ulanday Barrett, CB Lee, Nathan Park Ramos, Maya Reddy gather after the panel discussion at the 2018 Celebrating the Asian American LGBTQ+ Experience event.

Event photography by Andrew Ge.

About the 2018 Participants

D’LO

D’Lo is a queer/transgender Tamil-Sri Lankan-American actor/writer/comedian whose work ranges stand-up comedy, solo theater, plays, films and music production, poetry and spoken word. He is a co-producer for DisOriented Comedy (mostly female Asian-American nationally-touring stand-up comedy showcase).

His work has been published in various anthologies and academic journals, including: Desi Rap: Hip Hop and South Asia America and Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic (co-edited by Sharon Bridgforth) and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics.

D’Lo is the creator of the “Coming Out, Coming Home” writing workshop series which have taken place with South Asian and/or Immigrant LGBTQ Organizations nationally, which provide a transformative space for workshop participants to write through their personal narratives and share their truths through a public reading.

NATHAN RAMOS-PARK

Nathan Ramos is an award winning Actor and Writer. He most recently was a songwriter and Music Coach for Disney’s Club Mickey Mouse, the reboot of the classic Mickey Mouse Club. He is a 2017 CAPE New Writers Fellow, and works as a Script Doctor for both independent and Hollywood Films. He wrote for Webby nominated ‘The Station by Maker’. Nathan won the See Change 2042 National Playwriting Competition, and his play ‘As We Babble On’ will have a full production at East West Players in 2018. His plays have been workshopped and read at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Artists at Play, and the LA LGBT Center’s Renberg Theatre. His writing has also been featured in various publications, most recently Thought Catalogue. As an Actor, he has been featured Regionally across the country, and Off-Broadway.

KITTY TSUI

Kitty Tsui is the quintessential Renaissance woman: author, activist, artist, actor, athlete. Her 1983 groundbreaking WORDS OF A WOMAN WHO BREATHES FIRE was the first book by a Chinese American lesbian; her second BREATHLESS – EROTICA won the Firecracker Alternative Book Award; her third, SPARKS FLY was penned by her alter ego Eric Norton, a gay leatherman. Her writing has been collected in over 70 anthologies worldwide and been published in German, Japanese and Italian. She has written for magazines and newsweeklies including The Bay Guardian, San Francisco Sentinel, Bay Area Reporter, Lambda Book Report, Chicago Outlines and The Advocate. Midsummer Night’s Press and Sinister Wisdom will reprint WORDS OF A WOMAN WHO BREATHES FIRE as a Sapphic Classic along with new poems from NICE CHINESE GIRLS DON’T in July, 2017.

Out since 1973, she was instrumental in the birth of the Asian Pacific Islander lesbian movement in San Francisco, an original member of the first Asian women’s group, famous for ethnic dish potlucks, and a member of Asian Pacific Sisters. Editor of Phoenix Rising and New Phoenix Rising, she was co-­founder of the first Asian American women’s performance group, Unbound Feet. She has been a keynote speaker at universities, community colleges and conferences; a panelist, a poet, a performer and a workshop presenter.

ADDIE TSAI

Addie Tsai Master of Fine Arts from the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina. Her young adult novel, Dear Twin, is forthcoming from NineStar Press. My memoir, and in its place—: An Ode to Frankenstein, has been a finalist with The Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 1913 Press, and Pleiades Press. Addie writes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Her creative nonfiction has been published in Banango Street, Post Road Magazine, Pebble Lake Review, and The Collagist and her poems have appeared in Banango Street, The Denver Quarterly, Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion, & Spirituality, The Collagist, BORN Magazine, NOON: A Journal of the Short Poem, Forklift, Ohio, American Letters & Commentary, and Yellow as Turmeric, Fragrant as Cloves: A Contemporary Anthology of Asian-American Women’s Poetry, among others. Her fiction has appeared in The Feminist Wire.

KAY ULANDAY BARRETT

Kay Ulanday Barrett is a published poet, performer, educator, food blogger, cultural worker, and transgender, gender non-conforming, and disability advocate based in New York and New Jersey, whose work has been showcased nationally and internationally. Barrett’s writing and performance centers on the experience of queer, transgender, people of color, mixed race people, Asian, and Filipino community. The focus of his artistic work navigates multiple systems of oppression in the context of the U.S. He has also served on committees, organizations, and collectives in attempts to serve communities that desire self-determination. His work and thoughts have been published in media such as Bitch magazine, POOR Magazine, Curve magazine, and PBS News Hour.

MAYA REDDY

Maya Reddy is a queer South Asian professional golfer and founder of The Gaysian Project—a collective focused on fostering and empowering community through queer Asian visibility. She is a professional ambassador for Athlete Ally, and wrote and extensively researched the implications of queer representation on legislation for her undergraduate thesis. She also spent 3 years working in Hollywood on the development side with the Mark Gordon Company and Night & Day Pictures. Passionate about fighting for queer and female inclusivity in sports as well as raising awareness about Asian and Queer Asian issues.

CB LEE

CB Lee is a bisexual Chinese-Vietnamese American writer whose novels include the Sidekick Squad series, a young adult science fiction adventure that follow queer teens who take on a corrupt government superhero agency, and also the fantasy Seven Tears At High Tide. Lee’s work has been featured in Teen Vogue, Wired Magazine, and Hypable.

Not Your Sidekick was a 2017 Lambda Literary Awards Finalist in YA/Children’s Fiction and a 2017 Bisexual Book Awards Finalist in Speculative Fiction. Seven Tears at High Tide was the recipient of a Rainbow Award for Best Bisexual Fantasy Romance and also a finalist for the 2016 Bisexual Book Awards in the YA and Speculative Fiction categories.

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