Shades of Yellow (SOY) is the first and only Hmong Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) nonprofit organization in the world that works to provide support, education, advocacy, and leadership development to Hmong/Asian Pacific Islander (HAPI) LGBTQ and allies.
SOY is made up of a diverse group of community members, constituents, and allies.
to cultivate a community of empowered Hmong LGBTQ and allies to challenge what we've known and ignite positive cultural and social change.
Our vision is
a world where Hmong LGBTQ and allies are liberated and celebrated for who we are.
We are based out of St. Paul, MN. SOY is unique in that we are the only Hmong LGBTQ organization in the world, thus we make an effort to have an online presence to reach out to other Hmong-API LGBTQ across the country.
Southeast Asian Freedom Network
SOY is excited to share that we'll be having our first Southeast Asian Freedom Network Convening with 5-6 other awesome Southeast Asian grassroots organization and queer southeast organizations Sept 6 - 8, 2014 in Philly.
SOY hosted the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) Midwest Regional Summit 2014 this past weekend!
In order to improve local partnerships and build local presence, instead of doing one national meeting, NQAPIA made the decision to hold 5 Regional Summits. Working in partnership with local organizations and planning committee, the regional summits occurred in the following cities:
April 4-6: Atlanta, Ga
April 11-13: Portland, OR
July 18-20: Philadelphia, PA
July 25-27: Fresno, CA
Aug 15-17: Minneapolis, MN
Below: SOY with Freedom Inc
Below: Board member Joann took a quick shot of the morning, ready to begin!
Below: SOY Board Member Nhia and Nick welcomes everyone to the Summit during Welcome Reception.
Doing some summer cleaning? Got some books to give away?
SOY is seeking donations of books as it relates to the LGBTQI identities and/or Hmong/Asian/Pacific Islander identities!
Please feel free to drop them off at SOY's office. If you have more than 15 books, please contact us for possible pick up.