The Queer Network Program at API Chaya works to engage the API LGBTIQ community to address and prevent intimate partner violence. In order to do this, we work to build skills among allies and community members, raise the visibility of our community and concerns, and supporting survivors of violence.
QPOC Liberation Project
In 2006, the Queer Network Program, in partnership with local artists, will be working on the production of three theatrical presentations intended to highlight the concerns of Queer People of Color living in Seattle and the violence they face. These theater pieces will be used as a method of engaging our communities in dialogue on oppression, healing and transformation.
A Breath of Fresh Air
In 2005, the Queer Network Program, in partnership with the International Examiner and with support from Asian Women's Shelter, Japanese Americans Citizens League andAsian Pacific Islander Homophobia/Heterosexism Education Project, published a book documenting stories of Queer API women survivors of violence. "A Breath of Fresh Air" is an original project that focuses on the support that friends and family provided to help survivors feel heard, stay safe and heal from abuse. We launched the book in April 2006 and hope that it will serve as a resource for folks in the community to support their loved ones. To get copies of the book, please send $5-20 sliding scale donation to:
In order to build a more supportive community, we provide "Queer 101," Anti-Homophobia/Heterosexism Trainings to youth, community groups and service providers.
Queer API Relationship Support
To support victims of violence, the Safety Center trains Natural Helpers. These staff and volunteers are available for one-on-one confidential conversations on healthy queer relationships and dealing with abuse.
For more information or to get copies of "A Breath of Fresh Air," please contact:
Helpline and office hours are Monday thru Friday, 9am to 5pm.