LGBT immigration forum focuses on Asian Americans The GA Voice Editors May 28, 2010 Today in Gay Atlanta “These forums are intended to facilitate public discussion on immigration from an LGBT Asian-American point of view,” said Asha Leong, who is a board member of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, a co-sponsor of the event. “In some ways, immigrations [within the LGBT community] focuses on binational partners. We want to expand that to include asylum, marriage, family reunification,” she said. Immigration issues also center on the Latino community. The Asian-American community stands in solidarity with the Latino community, but wants more attention paid to the challenges Asian Americans face as well, Leong said. “A lot of what we see are people who are persecuted in their home country because they are LGBT. Applying for asylum is not easy and we want to see people who can’t go back home have a place here permanently,” she said. The event is free. Light refreshments will be provided. Other co-sponsors include the Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Raksha and Asians and Friends. Atlanta LGBT Immigration ForumWednesday, June 9, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.Phillip Rush Center1530 DeKalb Ave., Atlanta, GA 30307 SHARE ON Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website 3 − = zero Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.