API Equality-LA (Los Angeles, CA)


  • Name:Eileen Ma
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:API Equality-LA
  • Address:1137 Wilshire Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90017
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:213-580-1800

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  • Mission:
  • API Equality-LA is a Los Angeles-based grassroots organization that advocates for equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, with special expertise in organizing in the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities. Our goal is to advance LGBT equality by encouraging family and social acceptance. As an API community with a history in this country marked by discrimination--immigration restrictions, past internment, and laws banning interracial marriage— and as an LGBT community within it, we are a catalyst for inclusive and intersectional grassroots organizing.

  • Overview:
  • API Equality-LA recognizes that many API LGBT people continue to face alienation, rejection and discrimination despite CA's relatively robust panoply of laws against LGBT discrimination, now including marriage equality. Challenges remain for LGBT people who are marginalized as a result of a wide range of societal pressures; many low-income people, transgender people, immigrants (undocumented and un-partnered), youth, people of color, women continue to face hardships exacerbated by their status as LGBT people. The wide diversity of the API community also requires a closer look at how specific ethic communities are impacted. API Equality-LA organizes to address the day-to-day challenges that many API LGBT people face and the varied experiences of marginalization that harm our communities. Our programs are designed to empower API LGBT people by providing safe and supportive gathering spaced and to increase community dialogue about equality and tolerance. Three pillars of our work are: (1) community outreach and public education; (2) organizing and base-building; (3) volunteer recruitment and leadership development.

  • History:
  • API Equality-LA was formed in 2005 in response to virulent anti-gay rallies organized by ultra-conservative Chinese churches in California. The public and unabashed homophobia in the API community, and the absence of organization to counter it, galvanized API individuals, networks of API LGBT groups, API advocacy and service agencies to form API Equality-LA. API LGBT people continue to experience discrimination, stereotyping, hatred and bullying, lack of acceptance, ostracizing and feelings of alienation in their everyday lives. API Equality-LA seeks to transform social policies and cultural norms to ensure acceptance and equal treatment for all in our community.

    Since our inception, we have mobilized hundreds of volunteers each year to contribute to community events and service activities. These opportunities for our diverse membership to give back in our communities is helping to create greater dialogue and understanding across lines of difference.

    Our greatest success has always been our ability to build bridges across different communities to create space to dialogue about and build support for equality. We build strategic alliances with other community-based organizations to encourage their support of LGBT priorities, as well as to collaborate on issues that affect all our communities. Our priorities are to build an effective alliance of LGBT groups representing communities of color, and to form effective issues-based local alliances. We have for years worked to sustain the an alliance with Latino Equality Alliance and Jordan/Rustin Coalition to project a united front among organized LGBT communities of color. More than ever, we believe it is important for us to join together in support of policy priorities and issues that affect our communities. Additionally, our participation in collaborative work regarding other social justice issues (e.g., immigration reform) is crucial to ensure that the LGBT community voice is heard and power is brought to bear in support of progressive advocacy efforts. We are a part of immigration reform coalitions and are recognized as a representative of LGBT issues, especially among API advocates. Ongoing community coalition building remains a priority, including among communities of faith and other social service providers in the region.

    The API community is the fastest growing racial group in the nation, with the largest concentration of APIs in Southern California (Census 2010). The API community is the fastest growing racial population group in the U.S. .API voters make up 11% of the electorate. LA County alone has the highest API population in the US, numbering 1,539,030 – higher than any state in the nation. In total, Southern CA’s API population is 2,585,229. Working to increase understanding of social equality and values of social harmony and tolerance is an important endeavor.

  • Year established:2005
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:8
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:3


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:95-3854152

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:953854152
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:1145 WILSHIRE BLVD 2ND FLOOR
  • Organization City:LOS ANGELES
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:90017-1900
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:March, 1984
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):430
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Defense of human and civil rights
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:I80Z
  • Asset Amount:$17,528,059
  • Asset Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$12,989,008
  • Income Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$12,839,586
  • Last Updated:3/17/2018 12:58:01 pm

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