Nebula Li attended the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) conference August 7-9, 2015 to present a Community Legal Education event by being on a panel about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) economic security, and also to publicize CALA and CALA's three clinics. The panel was named "Building Movements for LGBTQ Economic Security."
The Movement Advancement Project (MAP) opened with troubling statistics about LGBTQ folks - including the fact that 75-82% of LGBTQ Asian/Pacific Islander folks have been discriminated at work. (link)
MAP wanted to showcase how LGBTQ folks are affected by economic insecurity in different ways, and so brought together panelists from three areas not traditionally thought of as LGBTQ fields.
The panel kicked off with Joy Messinger, a nationally-renowned expert in sex education and reproductive justice, speaking about the local history of activists in Chicago, and access to healthcare being a truly queer and trans issue rather than simply an issue for cisgender women, and one that also includes access to safety from police violence.
Next, Vi Ray-Mazumder, Manager of Youth Programs at Asian Americans Advancing Justice, spoke about the issues affecting youth, such as budget cuts in Illinois, and how they affected limited English-proficient students.
Nebula spoke about the expense of immigration, which puts poor individuals at a disadvantage - from the application costs, difficulty in obtaining fee waivers, to the lack of a free government-provided immigration attorney. Nebula also spoke about how racial profiling and also "walking while trans" can lead to several LGBTQ folks of color, but especially trans woman of color, to be stopped by police and how a casual encounter can have very serious immigration consequences even when the individual stopped has not committed any crime.
If your organization is looking for a community legal education presentation, do not hesitate to contact Nebula Li at Nebula@calachicago.org or 312 999 0056 x 105.