History of API Family Pride
API Family Pride started in response to a complete lack of API family participation during the 1994 PFLAG National Convention held in San Francisco. Active API LGBT people reasoned that PFLAG’s model for support—public disclosure—is contrary to the API value that frowns on public disclosure of private shame. They created a video (now available on DVD) to help API families with LGBT members in their coming out process in the privacy of their homes. The video project was a success and project participants found themselves responding to a need even larger than anticipated. Meetings held over several years resulted in a formal organization, a strategic plan, and the successful application in April 2004 for 501(c)(3) non-profit classification.
Today, API Family Pride is an all-volunteer, community based, grass-roots organization with a board that provides overall direction and two fulltime volunteers who implement programs with a diverse—ethnic, generation, language—volunteer base built up in our 20 plus years of existence.