OKAERI, meaning "Welcome Home" in Japanese, is a one-day gathering of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning individuals, family and allies. It will be a day of connecting, education and storytelling in workshops and plenary sessions open to all LGBTQ persons and allies. It's happening Saturday, November 15 at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.
Here are some more details about the event:
OKAERI: A Nikkei LGBTQ Gathering
OKAERI, meaning "Welcome Home" in Japanese, is a one-day gathering of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning individuals, family and allies
- Who seek to find support and resources, information and motivation,
- Who wish to connect with others to build greater inclusion in the Nikkei community,
- Those who want to learn more and be involved in the LGBTQ community,
- Those curious about the intersection of the faith and LGBTQ communities.
Although our gathering is primarily focused on the needs of the Nikkei community (of Japanese descent, including mixed-race Nikkei), it is open to all LGBTQ persons and allies.
It will be a day of connecting, education and storytelling in workshops and
plenary sessions. You will leave the gathering inspired and motivated!
RSVP at www.okaeri-la.org!
Workshop highlights: Being LGBTQ in a Faith Community, Gender Identities, Movement Building in the Nikkei Community, Culture Shift in the Faith Community, Coming Out Workshop and more!
Guest speaker highlights: Mia Yamamoto, Marsha & Aiden Aizumi, and Bill Watanabe
Performer highlights: Rey Fukuda Salinas, traci kato-kiriyama, and Maiya Grace Kuida-Osumi
Okaeri: A Nikkei LGBTQ Gathering
November 15, 2014
8:30am - 4:30 pm* (Program starts at 9:15 am)
Japanese American National Museum
100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012**
Registration Cost: General $30, seniors (65 and over) & students $20
No one turned away for lack of funds!
*Light breakfast and lunch included
**Near Little Tokyo Gold Line station, 1st Street and Central
Pre-conference NIKKEI LGBTQ MOVIE NIGHT!
We will be screening To Be Takei and serving light refreshments.
Friday, November 14th
Reception 6pm, movie at 7pm
National Center for the Preservation of Democracy
111 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Across JANM Courtyard)
For further information about Okaeri, and to register, go here.