Invisible to Invincible: Asian Pacific Islander Pride of Chicago (“i2i”) is a group that celebrates, affirms, and engages Asians and Pacific Islanders (APIs) who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Queer (LGBTQQ) persons in and around the Chicago area. i2i organizes monthly educational programs, social events, and activism.
i2i was founded in 2005 as a multi-gender, multi-ethnic group where people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, immigration & adoptee identities, and multiracial & multiethnic backgrounds would be welcome. i2i increases awareness and visibility in both the Asian Pacific Islander communities and the LGBTQ communities. Anti-oppression (the work of actively challenging and removing oppression caused by power inequalities in society, both systemic and on an individual level) is a key value that motivates the purpose of i2i and informs where energy and resources are directed. While responding to and even preventing homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, heterosexism, and racism is i2i’s primary purpose for being, i2i can also be active and/or stand in solidarity with many other social issues that affect our community (i.e., immigration, education, poverty, and fair housing).
This organization is supported through the Funding Queerly Giving Circle, which is housed at Astraea.