“APALA is committed to organize for the rights of all workers’ from different backgrounds regardless of self or perceived identity and status,” said Johanna Hester, APALA National President. “We are proud to join other forward thinking organizations and celebrate Pride Month together, honoring LGBT achievements and furthering our collective agenda to promote equality and inclusion.”
APALA worked with NQAPIA in responding to comments from Manny Pacquiao about Marriage Equality, participating in joint actions on immigration reform and uplifting the voices of LGBT undocumented immigrants, who are disproportionately Asian American and Pacific Islander.
APALA leaders will continue to strengthen partnerships to enhance the standard of living for all workers and their families. During APALA’s 2013 Convention, delegates passed a resolution calling for the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and to pay close attention to the needs of the Transgender community. “For many years, APALA has been proud to join hands with our brothers and sisters in the LGBT community,” said Gregory Cendana, APALA’s first –ever openly gay Executive Director. “We will continue to uphold our values and fight against discrimination on all fronts.”