Happy Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! In honor of this special month, we at Safe Schools are dedicating our platform to highlighting the incredible contributions of queer AAPI trailblazers who’ve made a lasting impact on our society. πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ”₯

Join us throughout May as we showcase these inspiring individuals, sharing their stories and accomplishments that uplift our community and break barriers. πŸŒˆπŸ’– Let’s come together to celebrate our diverse queer AAPI family and continue making history together. Feel free to share and post on your platforms, and remember; love is love! πŸ€—πŸ’•βœŠπŸΌ

Margaret Cho 🎀πŸ’₯

Margaret Cho, a trailblazing Korean-American comedian, actress, and singer, is known for her unapologetic humorπŸ”₯, addressing race, sexuality, and politics. As an openly bisexual and fierce LGBTQ+ advocate🌈, she’s inspired countless queer Asians to embrace their identities.✊

George Takei πŸ––πŸΌπŸŒŸ

George Takei, best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek, is an actor and activist🌟. As a Japanese-American πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅ who lived through internment camps, he advocates for social justice and LGBTQ+ rights. Openly gay, he’s a symbol of resilience and pride.πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ

Ocean Vuong πŸ“šπŸŒŠ

Ocean Vuong is a Vietnamese-American poet and novelist πŸ–‹οΈ. His critically-acclaimed works, like “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous”, explore queerness, identity, and the immigrant experience. Openly gay, Ocean’s writing empowers LGBTQ+ Asian Americans. πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆβœ¨

Chella Man πŸ’ͺ🌈

Chella Man is a deaf, transgender, Jewish, Chinese-American artist, model, and actor. 🎨πŸŽ₯ This intersectional advocate inspires others to embrace their unique identities and challenges societal norms. πŸ’– Check him out in DC’s Titans as Jericho! 🦸

Lilly Singh πŸ“ΊπŸ˜‚

Lilly Singh, aka Superwoman, is a Canadian-Indian-American YouTuber, comedian, and late-night talk show host. 🎬 As a bisexual woman of color, she’s breaking barriers in the entertainment industry and encouraging others to chase their dreams. πŸŒŸπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ

Alice Wu 🎬🌈

Alice Wu, a Chinese-American film director, and screenwriter, is best known for her queer films “Saving Face” and “The Half of It.” πŸ“½οΈ Her work showcases queer Asian narratives, breaking stereotypes, and promoting representation in Hollywood. πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ’•

Amazin LeThi πŸ‹οΈβ€β™€οΈπŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ

Amazin LeThi, a Vietnamese bodybuilder, fitness model, and LGBTQ+ advocate, is shattering stereotypes and uplifting the Asian queer community. 🌟πŸ’ͺ As an ambassador for Athlete Ally and Stonewall, she’s a force for positive change. ✊🏼🌈

Kim Chi πŸ‘‘πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ

Kim Chi, a Korean-American drag queen, is a RuPaul’s Drag Race superstar known for her avant-garde style and makeup skills. πŸŒŸπŸ’„ As a proud queer Asian, she’s a role model and advocate for self-expression and individuality. πŸ’–πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ

BD Wong πŸŽ­πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ

BD Wong is a Chinese-American actor known for his roles in “Law & Order: SVU,” “Mr. Robot,” and “Mulan.” πŸŽ₯🌟 As an openly gay man, he’s been a strong advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and representation in the entertainment industry. 🌈✨

Rain Valdez 🌟🎬

Rain Valdez is a Filipino-American actress, writer, and producer, making waves as a transgender woman in the film industry. πŸŽ₯🌊 Her work, like the Emmy-nominated “Razor Tongue,” highlights trans narratives and encourages visibility. πŸ³οΈβ€βš§οΈπŸ’–