Happy Coming Out Day! 5+ Resources for LGBTQ Asian Americans

Thursday, October 11, 2018


1. Unspoken: Asian Americans Coming Out to Immigrant Parents
In this short from Patrick Lee (longer-form documentary forthcoming), queer & trans Asian Americans read letters to their immigrant parents and family members about their gender identity, sexuality, and queerness.


2. When I Grow Up I Want to Be A List of Possibilities (Chen Chen)
In this ferocious and tender debut, Chen Chen investigates inherited forms of love and family—the strained relationship between a mother and son, the cost of necessary goodbyes—all from Asian American, immigrant, and queer perspectives. Holding all accountable, this collection fully embraces the loss, grief, and abundant joy that come with charting one’s own path in identity, life, and love.


How to Write an Autobiographical Novel is the author’s manifesto on the entangling of life, literature, and politics, and how the lessons learned from a life spent reading and writing fiction have changed him. In these essays, he grows from student to teacher, reader to writer, and reckons with his identities as a son, a gay man, a Korean American, an artist, an activist, a lover, and a friend. He examines some of the most formative experiences of his life and the nation’s history, including his father’s death, the AIDS crisis, 9/11, the jobs that supported his writing—Tarot-reading, bookselling, cater-waiting for William F. Buckley—the writing of his first novel, Edinburgh, and the election of Donald Trump.

Set in Boston in the 2010s, SJ Sindu’s Marriage of a Thousand Lies deftly navigates immigrant family culture, war trauma, sexuality and authenticity through the main character, Lucky. When we meet her, she is traveling between and across binaries and grappling with multiple categories of identity in order to fit into the social environments around her. (Read a review in Hyphen Magazine here.)

5. No Other World: A Novel (Rahul Mehta)
From the author of the prize-winning collection Quarantine, an insightful, compelling debut novel set in rural America and India in the 1980s and ’90s, part coming-of-age story about a gay Indian American boy, part family saga about an immigrant family’s struggles to find a sense of belonging, identity, and hope.
Sweeping and emotionally complex, No Other World is a haunting meditation on love, belonging, and forgiveness that explores the line between our responsibilities to our families and to ourselves, the difficult choices we make, and the painful cost of claiming our true selves.


Resources: 
An informative guide from the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance and NEA

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance is a network of Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander LGBTQ organizations.

Includes a glossary of terms and recommendations for media professionals.

Q&A Space is the first website of its kind, with in-language fact sheets for parents, community resources for youth, multi-media stories from the API LGBTQ community, and more.
Q&A is a play on the common phrase “questions and answers” and the term “queer and Asian.” While we don’t intend for this to be an exhaustive informational space where all questions are answered, we would like for this website to be a place of support and community for those seeking it.

Coming Out: Living Authentically as LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander Americans
HRC Foundation's Coming Out as LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander Americans resource is designed to aid LGBTQ API Americans in navigating the intersectional challenges when coming out.

With great love (always, always, always),
LC

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