2010 Family Presentation Banquet
7th Annual Family Presentation Banquet
"Public Recognition Of Private Courage"
Honoring individual API families who proudly support their LGBT children, relatives,
and friends in spite of the prejudice they encounter.
D A T E :
September 18, 2010
L O C A T I O N :
1231 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
The banquet is held in the ballroom of SF's historic Hotel Whitcomb located on Market & 8th Street (infront of the Civic Center BART/MUNI Station). Guest Parking is $10 available behind the hotel on 8th St. Handicap access is available.
T I C K E T S :
Purchase tickets online or make checks payable to "API Family Pride", mail to PO Box 473, Fremont, CA 94537
Children 5-10 yrs $15
API Family Pride is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization who depends on the support of its generous benefactors to continue its mission to end the isolation of API families with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members. Please consider being a sponsor.
S P O N S O R S H I P L e v e l s :
Banyan: $1000, +10 tickets. Lead recognition in event program, souvenir booklet & website.
Narra: $500, + 5 tickets. Recognition in event program & souvenir booklet.
Bamboo: $250, + 2 tickets. Listing in event program.
D E S C R I P T I O N :
The Family Presentation Banquet is A&PI Family Pride’s way of acknowledging the difficult process that our families go through to overcome homophobia and understand and accept LGBT family members as they are. It is an occasion to celebrate the private, personal struggles of love and transformation in our individual families with public acknowledgement from their children and a grateful community.
Family is a central concept in A&PI cultures. A&PIs are raised in extensive family
and social networks and grow up with corresponding expectations about identity,
mutual aid, and interdependence. Belonging to a family and being socially accepted
beyond the family are important and vital attributes of an A&PI’s worldview. A&PI
LGBTs, therefore, do not readily come out to their families fearing that the stigma
attached to a different sexual identity may bring their families shame and isolation.
Many A&PI parents and other family members have difficulties dealing with this
sensitive topic. Belinda Dronkers-Laureta, A&PI-Family Pride’s Executive Director,
has famously said: “When API LGBTs come out of the closet, their families go in.”
Many families struggle with their own “coming out” process, grappling with conflicted
feelings and fearing harsh judgment from other family members and the community
as a whole. Sadly, some A&PI families reject their LGBT members once they disclose
their alternate sexual orientation. For A&PI LGBTs this contributes to the trauma
during what is already an emotionally and socially challenging period in their lives.
Fortunately, there are examples where the opposite happens: where love, loyalty,
and courage combine to overcome homophobia and silence threadbare traditions. Many
A&PI LGBT people have the open love and acceptance of parents, siblings and relatives,
but often these families’ “coming out” struggles and successes remain private ones, kept
close to heart and home. It is important that these private stories of love and courage
come to be shared by others to serve as an inspiration to the A&PI community and most
especially to young A&PI LGBTs who are just coming out to their families.