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

Jayden_Thai_Louisville

Hometown
Louisville, KY

Ethnicity/Racial Background
Vietnamese American

Age
23

Preferred Pronouns
He

Sexual Orientation
Trans + Queer

Shoot Location
Washington, DC | 2012

Hometown
Brooklyn, NY

Ethnicity/Racial Background
Pinoy (Filipino)

Age
36

Preferred Pronouns
mam-sir

Sexual Orientation
Queer Butch

Shoot Location
Brooklyn, NY | 2012

Ethnicity/Racial Background
Chinese kid no refugees

Gender
Lady

Age
24

Preferred Pronouns
She, Her

Sexual Orientation
Queer

Location
Portland, ME (from Queens, NY)

Ethnicity/Racial Background
Asian American, Desi American, Indian American, Gujarati, Cyclist, Feminist, Radical Progressive, Democrat, Hindu

Gender
Woman

Age
31

Preferred Pronouns
She, Her

Sexual Orientation
Lesbian, Gay, Queer

Location
Austin, TX, 2012

Ethnicity/Racial Background
Japanese American

Preferred Pronoun
They, Them, Theirs

Age
31

Sexual Orientation
Queer

Location
Portland, ME, 2012 (lives in Los Angeles)

Ethnicity/Racial Background
Hapa

Gender
Female

Age
31

Preferred Pronouns
She

Sexual Orientation
Queer / Polypan

Location
Portland, OR, 2012

Ethnicity/Racial Background
Hmong

Gender
Female

Age
30

Preferred Pronouns
She, Her

Sexual Orientation
Queer

Location
Portland, OR, 2012

Ethnicity/Racial Background
German / Filipino American

Gender
Gender non-conforming, masculine of center

Age
28

Sexual Orientation
Queer

Location
New York, 2012

Ethnicity/Racial Background
Multi-racial: Chinese, Peruvian, White

Gender
cis-womyn

Age
21

Preferred Pronouns
Femminine

Sexual Orientation
Queer / Dyke

Location
Portland, OR, 2012

Ethnicity/Racial Background
Filipino American

Age
60

Preferred Pronouns
He

Sexual Orientation
Stone Butch

Lenore Chinn is a San Francisco based artist and cultural activist long affiliated with Asian American Women Artists Association

A founding member of Lesbians in the Visual Arts and Queer Cultural Center (Qcc) www.queerculturalcenter.org, she served on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission under Mayor Art Agnos during a time when the City was shaping policies relating to domestic partners, defining benefits and rights that would have far reaching implications nationwide. In this context she views her art as an extension of her interest in human rights. Her work can be viewed at LenoreChinn.com and on Facebook.

She is currently consulting with the Bernice Bing estate and “The Worlds of Bernice Bing” documentary film project on the life and work of lesbian Abstract Expressionist artist Bernice Bing. For more info check out the production’s Facebook page.

Hometown
San Francisco

Ethnicity/Racial Background
Chinese American

Gender
Female

Age
63

Preferred Pronouns
She

Sexual Orientation
Lesbian, Gay, Queer

Trinity A. Ordona, Ph.D., currently teaches classes on lesbian relationships, queer communities of color and techniques in abuse recovery at City College of San Francisco. Trinity is also the founder and coordinator of Healing For Change, a CCSF student organization that sponsors campus-community healing events directed to survivors of violence and abuse. In 2008, Trinity was named among “The 20 Most Influential Lesbian Professors” by Curve Magazine.

Ethnicity/Racial Background
Filipino

Gender
Female

Age
60

Preferred Pronouns
She, fine with any

Sexual Orientation
Lesbian

Marsha is an educator and advocate for the LGBT community; a cause she embraced due in large part to the harassment and bullying her son experienced throughout high school. She is currently serving on the Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) National Board of Directors. In this role, she hopes to change school culture to be more accepting of all students, as well as bring greater resources and support to the Asian Pacific Islander and transgender communities. Marsha is the author of a memoir, Two Spirits, One Heart. Written with her transgender son, Marsha chronicles a mother’s personal journey from fear, uncertainty, and sadness to unconditional love, acceptance, and support of her child.

Ethnicity/Racial Background
Japanese American

Gender
Female

Age
65

Preferred Pronouns
She

Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual

Location
Arcata, 2012

Ethnicity/Racial Background
Multi-racial Asian American Jew

Gender
Female / Woman Femme

Age
20

Preferred Pronouns
She

Sexual Orientation
Queer / Questioning

Location
New York, 2012

Ethnicity/Racial Background
South Korean, Italian, Sottish, Irish, adopted American

Gender
Male / Trans

Age
35

Preferred Pronouns
He

Sexual Orientation
Queer as fuck

Location
Portland, 2012

Ethnicity/Racial Background
Filipino

Gender
Woman

Age
34

Preferred Pronouns
She / He / mam’sir / Pogi

Sexual Orientation
Queer

Location
New York, 2012


Irma Salvatierra Bajar

is a queer Filipino community organizer that was born and raised in Hawaii. She was first introduced to the National Democratic movement in Seattle, 2006 during a political education discussion on the Hacienda Luisita Massacre hosted by Anakbayan Seattle. Soon after, Irma joined Pinay sa Seattle because she was drawn to issues of overseas Filipino migramts and Filipina women’s issues. She served as PInay sa Seatte’s Organizing Director for two years and then in 2008 moved to NYC and joined Filipinas for Rights and Empowerment (FiRE-NYC). She served as FiRE’s Organizing Director for two years and is the former Chairperson of the organization. Currently Irma serves as the Vice-Chair of International Relations for GABRIELA USA. GABRIELA USA is an overseas chapter of GABRIELA Philippines, an organization working to advance the struggle of women in the overall movement for national liberation and genuine democracy in the Philippines. Irma is also honored to work at the Audre Lorde Project as their membership program coordinator . The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area. Irma wakes up everyday fueled by the resilience of the people in struggle and is grateful for her comrades, community, and ohana for giving her the love and support in Serving the People.

Ethnicity/Racial Background
South Asian Amerikan Punjabi Amerikan

Gender
Female

Age
23

Preferred Pronouns
She / her / her’s

Sexual Orientation
Queer

Location
New York, 2011

Ethnicity/Racial Background
Korea American, Asian American/ POC

Gender
Female

Age
32

Preferred Pronouns
None

Sexual Orientation
Queer/Lesbian

Location
New York, 2012

“It’s okay to be out.
It’s okay to be queer and Indonesian.
And if you’re not there yet, that’s also okay”
– Laurent

Ethnicity/Racial Background
Chinese Indonesian

Gender
Gender Non Conforming/Genderqueer

Age
28

Preferred Pronouns
He / She / They

Sexual Orientation
Queer

Location
Philadelphia, 2012

“I feel like I’ve been coming out since I was born, with varying levels of success…”
– Kay

Ethnicity/Racial Background
Mixed race pinoy Amerikan

Gender
Transgender and Gender Non Conforming

Age
30

Preferred Pronouns
K, Ne, They, Pogi

Sexual Orientation
Queer, Genderqueer

Location
New York, 2012

Ethnicity/Racial Background
Mixed – Japanese & White

Gender
Femme woman

Age
37

Preferred Pronouns
She

Sexual Orientation
Queer

Location
Boston, 2012

Ethnicity/Racial Background
Asian/South Asian

Gender
Queer Woman

Age
38

Preferred Pronouns
She

Sexual Orientation
Queer

Location
Boston, 2012

Ethnicity/Racial Background
Wenzhounese

Gender
Female

Age
18

Preferred Pronouns
She

Sexual Orientation
Lesbian

Location
Baltimore, 2012

Ethnicity/Racial Background
Third culture kid. Born in Hong Kong, grew up in the Phillippines, Americanized

Gender Identity
Female

Age
20

Preferred Pronouns
She / Her

Sexual Orientation
Bisexual

Location
Baltimore, 2012

 

 

Ethnicity/Racial Background
Chinese from Taiwan

Gender
Female

Age
35

Preferred Pronouns
Her / She

Sexual Orientation
Queer / Lesbian

Location
Baltimore, 2012

Ethnicity/Racial Background
Mixed – Mostly White & Asian

Gender
Female

Age
21

Preferred Pronouns
Her / She

Sexual Orientation
Queer / Lesbian

Location
Baltimore, 2012



Ethnicity / Racial Background
Jewlipino

Gender Identity
Female

Age
27

Preferred Pronouns
She

Sexual Orientation
Lesbian/Gay/Queer

Location
Los Angeles, 2009

Ethnicity/Racial Background
Chinese

Gender Identity
Female

Age
23

Preferred Pronouns
She

Sexual Orientation
Queer

Location
Los Angeles, 2009



Ethnicity/Racial Background
Cambodian

Gender
Female

Age
20

Preferred Pronouns
She

Sexual Orientation
Bi

Location
Oakland

Ethnicity/Racial Background
Cambodian

Gender
Female

Age
14

Preferred Pronouns
She

Sexual Orientation
Bisexual

Location
Oakland

Ethnicity/Racial Background
Cambodian / Viet / Chinese

Gender Identity
F

Age
21

Preferred Pronouns
She

Sexual Orientation
Bi

Location
Oakland

Ethnicity/Racial Background
Cambodian

Gender Identity
Female

Sexual Orientation
Lesbo

Location
Oakland

Ethnicity / Racial Background
Cambodian

Gender Identity
Female

Age
17

Preferred Pronouns
She!

Sexual Orientation / Identity
Lesbian

Location
Oakland, 2010

Interests



Ethnicity/Racial Background
Hapa (Chinese and Jewish)

Gender
Genderqueer

Age
23

Preferred Pronoun
She

Sexual Orientation
Queer (Bisexual to be specific)






Ethnicity/Racial Background
Chinese

Gender Identity
Trans

Age
30

Preferred Pronouns
Usually go by he, but I’m not a huge fan of pronouns in general

Sexual Orientation
queer






Ethnicity/Racial Background
South East Asian

Gender Identity
Female

Age
36

Preferred Pronouns
She

Sexual Orientation
Gay

Location
San Francisco, 2009





Ethnicity/Racial Background
Mixed, half Thai, half white

Gender Identity
Transgender

Age
25

Preferred Pronouns
They

Sexual Orientation
Queer

Location
San Francisco, 2009



Ethnicity/Racial Background
Hapa, Japanese-American, half Western European

Gender Identity
Female, genderqueer, boi

Age
27

Preferred Pronouns
Use whatever pronoun for me as you would use for yourself, But I respond to all of them when I want to.

Sexual Orientation / Identity
Queer, dyke, lesbian, fag, professional top / personal switch

Interests
Does performance…(NSFW)
info about Syd
twincest art




Ethnicity/Racial Background
4th generation Japanese American

Gender Identity
genderqueer

Preferred Pronouns
her, she (but pronouns are such a bother)

Sexual Orientation
queer

Ethnicity/Racial Background
Taiwanese American/em>

Gender Identity
Genderqueer

Age
33

Preferred Pronouns
She

Sexual Orientation
Queer



Ethnicity/Racial Background
Japanese/Okinawan

Age
38

Gender Identity
Boi

Preferred Pronouns
She

Sexual Orientation
Former dyke, now identifying as queer

Ethnicity/Racial Background
Chinese

Gender
Female

Age
30

Preferred Pronouns
She

Sexual Orientation
Lesbian

Location
New York, 2011


Ethnicity/Racial Background
Korean American

Sexual Orientation
queer

Gender Identity
He / default

Age
22

Preferred Pronouns
he / default

Sexual Orientation
queer



Ethnicity/Racial Background
Chinese/Vietnamese

Gender
Female

Age
17

Preferred Pronouns
She

Sexual Orientation
Bisexual

Location
Oakland





Ethnicity/Racial Background
Filipina-American New Yorker

Gender Identity
Queer / Fluid… Femme-Presenting

Age
24

Preferred Pronouns
She / Her

Sexual Orientation
Hard Femme / Bi / Open / Fluid



Ethnicity / Racial Background
Chinese, Taiwanese, Russian, Jewish Southern Belle

Gender Identity
High Femme Bonvivant

Age
29

Preferred Pronouns
She

Sexual Orientation / Identity
Queer!



Ethnicity / Racial Background
Kainanese-American (South East Asian)

Gender Identity
Womyn

Age
27

Preferred Pronouns
She/Her

Sexual Orientation
Queer













Ethnicity/Racial Background
Korean

Gender Identity
Transgendered Woman

Age
50

Preferred Pronouns
She / Her

Sexual Orientation
Transgendered woman attracted to women

Location
New York, 2011