Details to be announced in 2018!
While the Nikkei community has been a comforting home for many of us, LGBTQ Japanese Americans have often felt shamed, excluded or rejected. There is a sense that we have to hide our sexual orientation and gender identities.
In 2014, a group of LGBTQ Nikkei, parents of LGBTQ Nikkei, and allies of LGBTQ people organized Okaeri: A Nikkei LGBTQ Gathering, the first-ever conference focused on LGBTQ Nikkei.
Okaeri was a great success. More than 200 people from across the U.S., Hawaii and Canada attended. Okaeri inspired Nikkei in Seattle, Sacramento, and the San Francisco Bay Area to organize similar gatherings.
In 2016, a second Okaeri took place successfully attracting another 200 participants. Click below to view the Okaeri 2016 video.
2016 Okaeri Conference
But too many LGBTQ Nikkei are still estranged from our families and the Nikkei community. The need for acceptance, healing and the undoing of homophobia and transphobia continues. Join us for an inclusive Nikkei community at Okaeri 2018.
Okaeri 2018 is an opportunity for you to:
• Connect with LGBTQ Nikkei and allies
• Find support, resources and information
• Learn how Nikkei have embraced their LGBTQ family members
PLENARY SESSION & Workshop Topics:
• Intergenerational Connections Within the LGBTQ and Nikkei Communities
• Family Acceptance
• Religion & LGBTQ Inclusion
• LGBTQ Mental Health, Intergenerational Trauma & Healing
• Gender/Trans 101
Okaeri extends a heart-felt "Domo!" to all our sponsors, including our Venue Sponsor, Japanese American National Museum, and our Fiscal Sponsor, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles.