Queer Network Program
The Queer Network Program at API Chaya works to engage the API LGBTIQ community to address and prevent intimate partner violence. In order to do this, we work to build skills among allies and community members, raise the visibility of our community and concerns, and supporting survivors of violence.
Queer People of Color Digital Storytelling Project
Our vision for the Queer People of Color* (QPOC) digital storytelling workshop is to build the power of resilience in the face of violence, oppression & trauma via the transformative power of arts, community-building, and story sharing. In a 4-day workshop, participants will develop their story into a 3 to 4-minute digital narrative.
Project Q is a youth leadership group for LGBTQIA people of color and their allies. In this group, youth members engage with an arts-based curriculum around topics that impact their communities, including homophobia, transphobia, anti-oppression, healthy relationships, ending violence, and representations of LGBTQIA communities from our cultures of origin and in contemporary communities of color.
QTPOC Dim Sum / QTPOC Snack n' Chat
Quarterly, we host gatherings for queer and trans people of color (QTPOCs) to get together, socialize, and build community while talking about the issues that impact our communities. If you identify as a queer/trans person of color, please join us!
Community Accountability and Transformative Justice
How are our communities responding to violence and what questions or challenges does this raise for traditional models of responding to domestic violence and sexual assault? Transformative Justice and Community Accountability (TJ/CA) are community-based models to heal from and respond to violence on an individual level while seeking to transform the roots causes that allow that violence to happen. We facilitate workshops on community accountability and transformative justice.
QPOC Liberation Project
In 2006, the Queer Network Program, in partnership with local artists, will be working on the production of three theatrical presentations intended to highlight the concerns of Queer People of Color living in Seattle and the violence they face. These theater pieces will be used as a method of engaging our communities in dialogue on oppression, healing and transformation.
A Breath of Fresh Air
In 2005, the Queer Network Program, in partnership with the International Examiner and with support from Asian Women's Shelter, Japanese Americans Citizens League and Asian Pacific Islander Homophobia/Heterosexism Education Project, published a book documenting stories of Queer API women survivors of violence. "A Breath of Fresh Air" is an original project that focuses on the support that friends and family provided to help survivors feel heard, stay safe and heal from abuse. We launched the book in April 2006 and hope that it will serve as a resource for folks in the community to support their loved ones. To get copies of the book, please send $5-20 sliding scale donation to:
ATTN: Queer Network Program
PO Box 14047
Seattle, WA 98114
In order to build a more supportive community, we provide "Queer 101," Anti-Homophobia/Heterosexism Trainings to youth, community groups and service providers.
Queer API Relationship Support
To support victims of violence, API Chaya trains Natural Helpers. These staff and volunteers are available for one-on-one confidential conversations on healthy queer relationships and dealing with abuse.
For more information or to get copies of "A Breath of Fresh Air," please contact:
Queer Network Program Coordinator