Shades of Yellow (SOY) is the first and only Hmong Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) nonprofit organization in the world that works to provide support, education, advocacy, and leadership development to Hmong/Asian Pacific Islander (HAPI) LGBTQ and allies. SOY is made up of a diverse group of community members, constituents, and allies. Their mission is to cultivate a community of empowered HAPI LGBTQ and allies to challenge what they’ve known and ignite positive cultural and social change. Their vision is a world where Hmong LGBTQ and allies are liberated and celebrated for they are. They are based out of St. Paul, MN. SOY is unique in that they are the only Hmong LGBTQ organization in the world, thus they make an effort to have an online presence to reach out to other HAPI LGBTQ across the country.
Nick Kor is an organizer and social justice advocate. In 2011, he received his undergraduate degree in music from the University of St. Thomas. Currently, he is the Civic Engagement Director at the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. He is responsible for leading the implementation of the state’s Civic Engagement Plan as a part of Governor Dayton’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. Before coming into this role, Nick worked in a variety of nonprofits and political campaigns including, Minnesotans United for All Families, OutFront Minnesota, Al Franken’s 2014 reelection campaign, and the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability. He also currently serves as the Chair of Shades of Yellow (SOY), a Hmong/API LGBTQ nonprofit based in St. Paul, MN.
June is a former University of Minnesota-Morris student now at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities of Minnesota studying Sociology and Asian American Studies. Currently is on in The Leadership Circle (board) for Shades of Yellow. Before working with Shades of Yellows has volunteered with Outfront MN for six years and done many projects with them. June uses They/Them pronouns. June was a 2016 Pfund Scholar, interned at the Library of Congress this past summer, and helped with the nomination of the 10th Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden. Dr. Hayden is the first Black Women to be the head of the Library of Congress. Their friends say that they like reading people. They do not like bland white people food.
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