Thursday, March 19, 2009


Essay Contest on Civil Rights of Same Sex Marriages:
$5,000 scholarship essay contest.

Thanks to a $1,000 grant from the PFLAG Diversity Outreach Chapter Assistance Program, the Asian Pacific Islander Parents Families and Friends (APIPFLAG) satellite group is conducting an essay contest for high school seniors up through college juniors. Additional fundraising will increase the scholarship funds to $5,000.

The essays are to be written on the following topic: From the perspective of Asian Pacific Americans, why should marriage between two people of the same sex be considered a fundamental civil right (marriage equality)?

Essays may be written in English, Korean or Chinese and are to be submitted by April 24, 2009. Entrants must reside in Los Angeles or Orange counties.

Contest details are to be released at a press conference at 10:30AM on March 26th at the Asian Pacific Legal Center at 1145 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Please contact for further details.

The essay-writing contest is being used to reach out into the Asian Pacific communities to continue meaningful dialogue on the issue of same-sex marriage. It can impact the Asian Pacific communities in at least three ways:

First is the media coverage in the various API communities on the loss of civil rights for a group of people.

Secondly, the contest can stimulate meaningful dialogue between students and with their parents on the civil rights aspect of same-sex marriage.

Lastly, this contest will encourage API youth to be more analytical of social issues that affects their communities, as well as those issues affecting all communities that make up our nation.

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