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LGBTQ+API Intersectionalities

Celebrating Global Asian & Pacific Islander Identities

In a recent report from The Trevor Project, 54% of AAPI LGBTQ youth reported discrimination based on their race/ethnicity in the past year while 63% of AAPI transgender and nonbinary youth reported discrimination based on their gender identity. How can we come together to support the LGBTQ+API community and embrace its many intersectionalities? We are thrilled to be joined in conversation with Kenrick Ross, Executive Director at the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), the largest LGBTQ+API organization in the United States, to discuss the organization’s mission and his personal journey.

Kenrick Ross

Bridget Finkeldey

Kenrick Ross (he/him) is the Executive Director of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), the nation’s leading organization empowering LGBTQ+ Asians and Pacific Islanders. He has spent the past two decades in socal impact leadership launching and leading new programs, initiatives, and startups, and stewarding organizations through transformative change and growth in staff, mission, services, and constituencies. He is passionate about social justice and entrepreneurship; civic engagement; intersectional diversity, inclusion, and equity; and inclusive sports, and he’s shared his thoughts on them as a panelist or presenter at more than 50 events for companies and organizations like Reuters, Dropbox, The LGBT Task Force, The Trevor Project, Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University, etc., and in media, such as Esquire, Gay City News, and Good Morning America. He is founder of Urban&Out, a network for LGBTQ+BIPOC professional and leadership development, and, more recently, chief evangelist for @LOVE, an LGBTQ+tennis platform. He was born in Guyana, raised in the NYC area, and currently lives in Newark, NJ with his husband Joseph, and cats, Kitty and Pet. He holds a BA in Politics from New York University, and an MS in Urban Policy and Leadership from CUNY-Hunter College.

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