MINNEAPOLIS (May 18, 2011) – PFund, a Minnesota foundation dedicated exclusively to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, today announced it has awarded Xay Yang with a $5,000 scholarship. Xay was selected based on leadership, activism and community involvement.
“Xay is an impressive student leader,” said Kate Eubank, executive director, PFund. “As an out, proud LGBT student she is shifting the climate for all students.”
PFund received nearly 60 applications from students representing communities across the state of Minnesota. A volunteer review panel made award decisions based on applicants’ commitment to advancing equality for LGBT communities and demonstrated leadership.
Yang, received the Linde-Ostrander Building Bridges Award for her work across LGBT and Hmong communities. Through her work in the University of Minnesota GLBTA Programs Office, with Shades of Yellow Leadership Cohort, and as part of Tongues Untied, a queer people of color group on campus, Yang has put her talents and dedication to lead and support countless initiatives creating space for LGBT and Hmong students.
In 2010 and 2011, Xay organized the first and second Txuj Ci Showcases, evenings of Hmong queers and allies demonstrating their talents. Xay volunteers as a tutor for Hmong immigrants at the Humphrey Center and at the Mt. Airy Boys and Girls Club where she went for tutoring during high school.