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About the Nikkei LGBTQ Initiative:

With new leadership this past year in the Pacific Southwest office, the district staff is eager to develop future leaders, as well as move in a direction of addressing social and systemic issues impacting the most vulnerable populations in our diverse AAPI community. The JACL-PSW District is eager to address the various forms of discrimination impacting our Nikkei LGBTQ community. Alongside a core coalition of Los Angeles-based JA LGBTQ community leaders and allies, the JACL-PSW district is making LGBTQ inclusion and justice a top priority.

Our Vision

We envision a thriving Nikkei community that is actively inclusive and safe for all diverse community members, including those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or other non-conforming gender and sexuality identities.

Our Mission

Through thoughtful educational programming and collective organizing, we aim to create community infrastructure that supports the needs of our Nikkei LGBTQ community members, as well as their family and friends.

Past Events:


Nikkei Intersections: An LGBTQ Forum for Everyone

Sunday, March 23rd || 1-3 PM

Location: San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center

Panelists: Harold & Ellen Kameya, riKu Matsuda and Eric Arimoto.

Click here for the full spread Rafu Shimpo article.


Nikkei LGBTQ Crossroads: Our Stories

Saturday, May 31st  || 1-3 PM

Location: Centenary United Methodist Church of Los Angeles

Panelists: Mia Yamamoto, riKu Matsuda, Eric Arimoto and Bishop Roy I. Sano.

Moderator: Eileen Ma, Executive Director of API Equality-LA

May 31st LGBTQ FLIER for website


Future Events:

Nikkei LGBTQ Justice: There's Work to Be Done!
Friday, July 7th, 2014
10-11 AM
Presenters: traci ishigo, Stephanie Nitahara & Marsha Aizumi
Double Tree Hilton Hotel, San Jose JACL Convention
To learn more, visit the JACL National Convention Website. 
Okaeri: A Nikkei LGBTQ Gathering
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Japanese American National Museum
Okaeri, meaning "welcome home", is a one-day gathering of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning (LGBTQ) individuals, family, and straight allies who seek to find support and resources, as well as connect with others to build movement towards greater inclusion in the Nikkei community. Through educational and storytelling workshops, we believe you will not only walk away with a greater sense of awareness and compassion, but also continue the Nikkei community’s legacy of advancing social justice, this time by undoing the harm of homophobia and transphobia.
Along with a growing coalition of Los Angeles-based community members of Nikkei LGBTQ individuals and allies, the JACL PSW District is proud to organize Okaeri, the first-ever-of-its-kind one day gathering for the Nikkei community.
Okaeri Conference Committee
Register for "Okaeri" today! Learn more by visiting


Questions? Want to get involved?
If you'd like to bring a Nikkei LGBTQ Initiative educational event to your local community, we'd love to partner and make it happen. 
Contact Program Coordinator, traci ishigo anytime: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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