2019? 😲 Let’s do this.

APIENC was first founded in 2004, and refounded in 2013, with a commitment to young, trans, and gender nonconforming leadership. This shift happened through intentional changes to our structure, work, and initiatives. 6 years later, we’ve grown in our understanding of queer and transgender API experiences in the Bay Area and we’ve strengthened our relationships with people across social justice movements.

Last year, we committed to growing our human capacities. We created a new set of priorities and directions to guide our work through 2021. We committed to building tools for our communities to claim our power and exercise self-governance, interdependence, and self-determination every day. We wanted to work towards our collective liberation by developing healthy relationships, healing our traumas, understanding our histories, and organizing our people on the ground. It was a big year.

Image description: colorful infographic titled "2018: How APIENC Has Grown", describing accomplishments in Leadership Development, Dragon Fruit Project, and Trans Justice.

Click the image for the FULL graphic! Image description: colorful infographic titled “2018: How APIENC Has Grown”, describing accomplishments in Leadership Development, Dragon Fruit Project, and Trans Justice. Graphic by Cynthia Fong.

In our reflection and through our conversations, we’ve gotten more clear on our purpose. APIENC’s work is about creating real solutions for our communities, and making such solutions politically realistic (even when that has seemed unimaginable!).

Want to know what that looks like in 2019? We wanted to share our guiding priorities, directions, and goals with the APIENC community, so that we can collectively build the world we want to see.

Image description: Page 3 of 2019 APIENC document titled "Initiatives + Tactics -- Directions" outlining APIENC's directions. On the left is a photo of APIENC members chanting and marching down the street at SF Trans March.

Click the image for the FULL 2019 booklet! Image description: Page 3 of 2019 APIENC document titled “Initiatives + Tactics — Directions” outlining APIENC’s directions. On the left is a photo of APIENC members chanting and marching down the street at SF Trans March.