Chinatown flash mob to highlight LGBT issues in Chinese community August 21

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WHAT: Queer and ally Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and all who believe in equality and LGBT acceptance will stage a Flash Mob to heighten awareness of Gay and Lesbian issues in the Chinese American community in Chinatown this Sunday. Up to a hundred dancers will perform a choreographed routine that will end in a message of acceptance and love.

A flash mob is a collective action undertaken by a group of people who assemble in public venues for a brief time and then disperse. Oftentimes, it starts with a few individuals and quickly, seemingly random, incorporates all participants, and then just as quickly wraps up. It can be anything from singing to dancing to simply standing still.

WHO: Organized by API Equality – Northern California. The Flash Mob will feature up to 100 dancers who want to share a message of love and acceptance. Also attending will be the director of API Equality, Tawal Panyacosit, who can stay after the Flash Mob to share why this event was organized. API Equality – Northern California is a coalition of Asian Pacific Islander (API) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQI) organizations and individuals serving Northern California. API Equality – Northern California is dedicated to empowering community members, advancing civil rights protections, and promoting respect and understanding for cultural and community diversity.

WHERE: Portsmouth Square Park, Chinatown, San Francisco (the open plaza in the middle of the park).

WHEN: Sunday, August 21, 2011 – 1:00pm PST Flash Mob.

WHY: LGBT issues continue to be a source of controversy and misunderstanding in the Chinese and greater API community. While there are over 66,000 APIs who identify as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender in the State of California, the majority of the API community is unaware of this population. Increasing visibility is a key strategy to provoking dialogue and education. Our Flash Mob aims to raise the profile of LGBT APIs and their allies and to promote love and acceptance through song and dance.

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