Asians for the LGBTQIA Movement

Today we're highlighting Kiyoshi Kuromiya! His activism ran the gamut – from queer rights, to protesting against the use of napalm in the Vietnam War, to advocating for the legalization of marijuana. ⁠

Kiyoshi served as a gay delegate to the Black Panthers movement and marched across the bridge in Selma with Martin Luther King, Jr.. He also helped start ACT UP – an AIDS activist group – and founded PWA or People With Aids. Kiyoshi remains an inspiration to freedom fighters everywhere. 💐⁠

Image: Northeast Retreat for Asian Lesbians & Gay Men (attendees included legendary activists Kiyoshi Kuromiya (far right, in blue) and June Chan (far right, kneeling)), Fleischmanns, New York, May 1988. Photographer unknown. ⁠