Oakland, CA – Koko Lin, Chinese American Computer Software Engineer and Community Activist will be honored at the APIQWTC (Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women & Transgender Community, pronounced “API-Cutesy”) Lunar New Year Banquet. This year’s 27th annual banquet will be held at the Legendary Palace Restaurant, 708 Franklin Street in Oakland, CA 94607 on Saturday, April 26, 2014.
APIQWTC was formed in 1999 as a means of networking & communicating among the Bay Area Asian and Pacific Islander queer women’s and transgender organizations and constituencies. APIQWTC is the largest Asian lesbian/transgender organization on the west coast with over 800 members.
The annual banquet gathers approximately 400 APIQWTC members to celebrate and support one another. An exciting part of our annual banquet is the presentation of the very special Phoenix Award. This award is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women and Transgender Community. The 2014 Phoenix Award Recipient is Koko Lin.
Koko Lin is a first generation Chinese American born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan. Koko and her family with five siblings immigrated to the US when she was 16 years old. Graduate of UC Berkeley with a Computer Science Degree in 1992. Married to spouse Margot and co-parent to daughter Megan aged 9 years old. Koko works as a computer software engineer and is a long-time community activist.
Koko Lin is being recognized for her years of outstanding work to raise API and LGBT visibility. Her accomplishments in raising API LGBT visibility in the United States and many Asian countries are numerous and ground breaking. Koko has volunteered, co-founded and served on the board of many API and API-LGBT organizations:
*Co-founded MAPLBN (Mandarin speaking Asian Pacific Lesbian Bisexual Network) in 1993.
*Co-founded “Jaded”, first Asian co-gender LGBTQ dance club in 1995. First ever dance club
*Co-founded APIQWTC (Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women and Transgender Community) in 1998, which is now the largest API-LGBTQ organization on the west coast with over 800 members.
*Co-founder of the Red Envelope Giving Circle, organization committed to creating positive social change through philanthropic support to Asian and Pacific Islander LGBTQ – led projects that improve the lives of API LGBTQ people and communities. Annual grants are given to worthy individuals or organizations.
*Co-chair of the Board of Our Family Coalition. Our Family Coalition promotes the civil rights & well -being of families with lesbians, gay and transgender members through education, advocacy, social networking and grass roots organizing.
*Board member of the Purple Moon Dance Project. To promote visibility for lesbians of color through the medium of dance.
*Volunteer at the Asian Women’s Shelter, API-PFLAG, API Wellness Center, Asian Pacific Sisters and Self Help for the Elderly.
*Years of organizing the gay contingent for the Chinese New Year Parade in SF, dyke march and SF Pride Parade.
Lin has received recognitions from numerous organizations such as the GAPA George Choy Award, The Luminary Award from The Purple Moon Dance Project and the Eastbay Stonewall Demo Club Trailblazer Award.