A national portrait + video collection dedicated to the Queer Asian American Women & Trans* community. The Visibility Project breaks barriers through powerful imagery and storytelling.
LGBTQ Hyphen is now online

LGBTQ Hyphen is now online

Back in 2002, before the first pages of Hyphen were printed, I was a 24-year-old first time photo editor and the only “visible” queer staff person. A high priority of mine was to infuse Hyphen with Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Queer AAPI stories. I set-up google alerts to learn what...
The future of the Project!

The future of the Project!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS! Wanted to send a huge shout out to all the folks who donated and people who lent their support by fundraising, sharing our page, and spreading the word about this work. Here’s a little snippet of whats in store for the future. Next month the...
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November Southern tour: Raleigh, Louisville, Memphis, Little Rock, Birmingham, Jackson, New Orleans

November Southern tour: Raleigh, Louisville, Memphis, Little Rock, Birmingham, Jackson, New Orleans

About the Visibility Project Southern tour This November the Visibility Project is hitting the road and visiting seven cities in the South. The Visibility Project is a photo portrait series and video/oral history collection dedicated to the Queer Asian American Women and Trans* community. It’s inclusive to South Asian, Southeast Asian, Pacific Islanders, East Asians,...
Columbus, OH shoot, October 19th

Columbus, OH shoot, October 19th

The Visibility Project is a national community powered media arts project. We document stories and use photography to create impact and make the Queer AAPI Women and Trans* community visible. Thanks so much for your interest in the Visibility Project. Stoked to work, engage, and build community. The VP will be in Columbus at Ohio...
Chicago shoot dates: 10/11 & 10/12

Chicago shoot dates: 10/11 & 10/12

The Visibility Project is a national community powered media arts project. We document stories and use photography to create impact and make the Queer AAPI Women and Trans* community visible. Thanks so much for your interest in the Visibility Project. Stoked to work, engage, and build community. We are hosting two days of story gathering in Chicago!...
October Midwest tour: St.Paul/Minneapolis, Madison, Chicago, Detroit, Columbus

October Midwest tour: St.Paul/Minneapolis, Madison, Chicago, Detroit, Columbus

About the Visibility Project Midwest tour This October the Visibility Project is hitting the road and visiting five cities in the Midwest. The Visibility Project is a photo portrait series and video/oral history collection dedicated to the Queer Asian American Women and Trans* community. It’s inclusive to South Asian, Southeast Asian, Pacific Islanders, East Asians,...
Trans Leadership Exchange - Applications due October 15th

Trans Leadership Exchange – Applications due October 15th

The 2015 Trans Leadership Exchange Building the Power of Trans and Genderqueer Leaders Goals of the Trans Leadership Exchange 1. Build personal leadership capacity: By exploring unique values, learning tools to cultivate greater self-awareness, deepening mind-body connection, and identifying leadership styles; 2. Connect trans and genderqueer leaders: By introducing people from different part of the...
Queer South Asian Anthology - Submit today

Queer South Asian Anthology – Submit today

The South Asian LGBTQ Anthology is a project in progress, aimed at addressing the unique and intersectional lives of South Asian LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer/questioning) individuals living in the United States. After a panel called “Building a South Asian Queer Movement” at Creating Change (the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force annual conference)...
Deaf and Queer Sisters

Deaf and Queer Sisters

Imagine that you are the voice and ears for two people. Imagine deciding what information to convey and how to convey it. I played these roles frequently for my profoundly deaf sister, from short interactions at the grocery store, to valiant yet failed attempts at interpreting Sunday school lessons. She is two and a half...
LGBTQ Hyphen magazine: Call for writers, bloggers, and contributors

LGBTQ Hyphen magazine: Call for writers, bloggers, and contributors

An introduction from Hyphen’s LGBTQ Editor, Mia Nakano Hyphen magazine is one the most well-respected Asian American run publications in the country. I helped create Hyphen to ensure that Asian American voices were heard and their faces seen. I’m proud to announce that in 2014, we’ll be taking that stance again with a new online...
Creative Work Fund Grantee

Creative Work Fund Grantee

I’m very excited to (belatedly) announce that the Visibility Project in collaboration with Hyphen magazine, is a grantee of the Creative Work Fund. For the next 18-months we’ll be embarking on a multi-phase collaboration which includes a tour of the South and Midwest, publishing a book, and probably the most exciting part is that I’ll...
CALIFAS: Exhibition in San Francisco

CALIFAS: Exhibition in San Francisco

Califas Exhibition Reception: Califas Festival Opening Ceremony & Reception: Wednesday October 2, 6pm Exhibition: October 2 – December 21, 2013 Where: 925 Mission Street SF CA 94103 Gallery Hours: Tuesdays – Saturdays, 12–6pm, FREE If California were a country, as of 2012 it would have been the 9th largest economy and the 34th most populous...
Revolve: Art and Social Change Symposium

Revolve: Art and Social Change Symposium

Visibility Project Director, Mia Nakano, is speaking in Philadelphia on October 5th at the Leeway Foundation’s “Revolve: Art and Social Change Symposium“. Join us on Saturday, October 5, for a day-long event that will convene artists, activists, cultural workers, organizers, scholars, and community leaders to celebrate examples from the past two decades where artists and...
Apogee Journal Article

Apogee Journal Article

An editor of the Apogee Journal wrote one of the best articles about the Visibility Project to date. A huge thanks to Cecca Ochoa for the brilliant write up and thank you for your hard work. ABOUT APOGEE Apogee was founded by writers of color and international students at Columbia. Our dual purpose is to...