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riKu Matsuda In August, 1977, I was delivered at home in Garden Grove, California, by a midwife named Woody. Woody assigned my sex as female, and my mother gave me a girl’s name to match. According to my birth certificate, I am Oriental (via my mother) and Caucasian (via my father). And although I have

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Sacrifices

Jayden Thai Being a Southern, queer, trans, second-generation Vietnamese American guy born and raised in the commonwealth of Kentucky, navigating through these conflicting cultures and identities has been an emotional journey for me and it continues to be.  Like many Southeast Asians after the Vietnam War, my parents left their homes in Vietnam to immigrate

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RSVP

Robert Maullon, Barangay LA Board Member, and his mom speak on the Filipino American television show, RSVP, about his coming out and LGBT issues in the Filipino community.

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Coming Home

Li-Jay Chu

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There was No Reason to be Good Anymore

Jean Melesaine I never told my parents or my family I was gay, never felt I had to “come out” to them. I knew by the way my parents raised me that they knew there was a possibility that their daughter, who was always mistaken for a little boy, could be queer. By the way

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Mom – This Is For You

Alotupumaloto’oa Ativalu First I want to tell you, the reader, that this story is only through my eyes and mine alone. It is intended for those who feel alone and those who wish to understand. I’m hoping my story will help someone. Please read with a clear mind and open heart. In Hawaii, Samoans are

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Ongoing

Justin Tandingan Today, I am a proud, gay Asian American/Filipino American. It took me a long time to get to where I am today, and my identity development is ongoing, as is all of ours as our experiences change and continually shape who we are. I’ve found positivity in being API and gay in Los

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A Mother’s Love Redefined

Marsha Aizumi When I was young, I loved my parents so much that friends often said that I would never recover if they died. Today, they are gone, but they are still a part of my life every day. Love is enduring. I fell in love for the first time at 16 and shortly thereafter

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Tingle

Naveed Merchant v. To have a sensation of slight prickles, stings, or tremors, as from cold, a sharp blow, or excitement. e.g., I tingle all over. My parents still call Shiraz the City of the Shah’s Summer Palace. That is the only Shiraz we knew in those three years before our return to the States.

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