LOS ANGELES (May 5, 2014) — Karin Wang, vice president of programs and communications with Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, has been honored by API Equality – LA at the group’s biennial Sisters Standing Up for Love event held Sunday, May 4, in Montebello, CA.
API Equality-LA is a community-based organization that advocates for the fair treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and marriage equality for same-sex couples.
A steadfast advocate for LGBT rights, Wang’s record spans a decade, beginning in 2004 with her participation in efforts to protect LGBT students as well as the struggle for marriage equality in California.
“I’m thrilled to be recognized by API Equality-LA, whose work on behalf of LGBT equality in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities inspires me in my work as a civil rights advocate,” said Wang. “API Equality-LA staff and volunteers demonstrate the kind of vision, innovation, and passion that lead to impactful social change.”
Wang’s commitment has extended to helping establish API Equality – LA, a leading coalition of rights groups focused particularly on LGBT members of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. As a founding steering committee member, she led the coalition’s media efforts against Proposition 8 in 2008. Wang also helped file several amicus briefs in the California Supreme Court in support of marriage equality, including one brief on behalf of 63 Asian American organizations.
“We are extremely excited to present the Sisters Standing Up for Love award to Karin, who not only co-founded our organization but also has led the way in building support for LGBT equality in all API communities – gay and straight,” said Eileen Ma, executive director of API Equality – LA. “She insists on dialogue and inclusion of LGBT voices in every arena she works in and is an unparalleled ally.”
Alongside Wang, the Sisters Standing Up for Love event also honored Ellen Kameya, longtime parent advocate and a co-founder of a local Asian Pacific Islander Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (API PFLAG) chapter, and June Lagmay, former city clerk of Los Angeles.