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Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month

By JP Emerson

In celebration of Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month we wanted to talk to local AAPI individuals who are also part of our LGBTQ+ community to learn about not only the importance of celebrating the AAPI heritage but also how to better understand the experience of our AAPI community members and join in the conversation on the intersectionality of being people of color and members of the LGBTQ+ community bringing both more well deserved visibility in the process.

LEARNING FROM THE EXPERIENCES OF (click on the image below)

Joseph Allen “JoJo” Ruanto-Ramirez
Southwestern College 
Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies – Asian American Studies

Francesca de Vera
San Diego Public Library
Youth and Engagement Coordinator
Co-Chair of LGBTQIA+ Library Services 

Joe Fejeran
Community Programs Coordinator 
San Diego Pride

Dina Johnson
Lezbhonest Dragon Boat Team