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Asian American Group Allowed To March In Chinese New Year Parade For First Time Ever



Groups to March in First-Ever Asian American Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Contingent in NYC Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade

***Contingent Supported by Broad Coalition including

New York City Comptroller John Liu and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn

***March to Occur in the Wake of Protests by Asian Churches

at California Lunar New Year Parade which included LGBTQ Groups

What:  
First-ever Asian American Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and
Transgender Contingent in New York’s Lunar New Year Parade for the
first time in the parade’s 11-year history and the Chinatown
community’s 130 year history.

It is the first time on the East Coast that AA LGBTQ groups have been
allowed to march in a Lunar New Year parade.  Marchers will be
traveling from Philadelphia and Rhode Island to join the contingent.

LGBTQ people of Irish- and South Asian-American descent have been
repeatedly excluded from marching in their own ethnic celebrations in
New York City, respectively the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and the
India Day Parade. Irish- and South-Asian American groups will join and
march with the Asian American LGBTQ contingent in Lunar New Year
Parade 2010.

Who:
New York City Council Member Rosie Mendez
LGBTQ Asians (who identify with cultures that celebrate the Lunar New
Year
), their friends and allies. For more information:
www.asianprideproject.org/ lunarnewyear.

When/Where: 
Sunday, February 21st


11:30 AM - Convene on Mott Street between Hester and Spring; (Walk up
Mott Street until you see our Lunar New Year for All banners &
colorful fish kites.) Parade ends at 3PM.


The effort is organized by Q-Wave, supported by the Asian Women’s
Giving Circle and has been endorsed by a number of groups including:
Project Reach, CAAAV-Organizing Asian Communities, Gay Asian Pacific
Islander Men of New York, (GAPIMNY), Nodutol for Korean Community
Development, OCA-New York Chapter, Queer Asian Spirit, Chinatown Youth
Initiatives, Barangay, South Asian Lesbian Gay Association,
Metropolitan Community Church of New YorkAsian Pacific Islander
Coalition on HIV and AIDS, and National Asian Pacific American Women's
Forum., Chinese American Planning Council, CPC-HIV/AIDS Services,
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Museum of Chinese in
America, Asian American Arts AllianceAsian American Writers Workshop
and Asian Cinevision.  It has also been endorsed by prominent
individuals such as Comptroller John Liu, Speaker of City Council
Christine Quinn, actor Joan Chen, Community Leader Rocky Chin and
Journalist Helen Zia

 Contact: Irene Tung, 718-755-6750 (cell), itirenetung@gmail.com 
                Jinny Welsh, 267-992-0874 (cell)



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