The Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA) presents its Spring lecture featuring guest speakers Oskar Ly, Phen Thao, and Mey Chau from Shades of Yellow, a Twin Cities based organization for Hmong LGBTQA. The event will begin at 1:30pm on Tuesday, April 17th at the Weisman Art Museum's Sheppard Room.
Guests will discuss the experiences of Hmong/Asian Pacific Islander LGBTQA as well as other current issues that are impacting the Hmong community.
This lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments and desserts will be served.
Shades of Yellow, also known as SOY, is a Hmong LGBTQ nonprofit organization that works to provide support, education, advocacy, and ledership development to Hmong LGBTQ and allies. SOY is made up of a diverse group of community members, constituents, and allies. We are committed to creating a community that is aware of the issues that Hmong LGBTQ face. We are based out of St. Paul, MN. SOY is unique in that we are the only known Hmong LGBTQ Organization in the world, so we make an effort to have online presence in hopes to reach out to other Hmong LGBTQ across the country.
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