Finding aid to the Asian/Pacific Lesbians and Gays (A/PLG) records
Table of Contents
Finding aid prepared by Kyle Morgan, (c) 2013
Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources.
- ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
- Asian/Pacific Gays and Friends.
- Asian/Pacific Lesbians and Gays.
- Asian/Pacific Lesbians and Gays (A/PLG) records
- Collection no.
- Date [inclusive]
- 1.0 linear foot., 1 archives box
- Newsletters, newsletter distribution records, meeting files, membership records, photographs, correspondence, receipt books, and press and promotional material of Asian/Pacific Lesbians and Gays (A/PLG), 1977-2012. A/PLG was created in 1980 to meet the needs of gay men and women of Asian and Pacific heritage and to provide a support system in their relations with their families and communities.
[Box/folder #, or item name] Asian/Pacific Lesbians and Gays (A/PLG) Records, Coll2013-023, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.
Asian/Pacific Lesbians and Gays (A/PLG) was created in 1980 to meet the needs of gay men and women of Asian and Pacific heritage and to provide a support system in their relations with their families and communities so as to understand and accept each other with caring and pride. The idea of forming an organization for gay Asians had been discussed before 1980, but an important impetus came from gay liberation pioneer Morris Kight, who then had an Asian partner. A/PLG strives to enhance identity, pride, personal growth, competence, empowerment, and leadership skills as well as inform its members of political and social issues. Other goals include building solidarity between Asian gay men and lesbians and between native Asian-Americans and those who had emigrated from other countries. The organization provides support groups, seminars, and social events for its members. In 1997, the name changed to its current form, Asian/Pacific Gays and Friends.
Wat, Eric. The Making of a Gay Asian Community: An Oral History of Pre-AIDS Los Angeles. 2002.
Liebman, Roy. "Asian/Pacific Gays and Friends is turning 30!!" Asian/Pacific Gays and Friends website. http://www.apgf.org/a-pgf-history/. Accessed March 5, 2013.
Scope and Contents note
Newsletters, newsletter distribution records, meeting files, membership records, photographs, correspondence, receipt books, and press and promotional material of Asian/Pacific Lesbians and Gays (A/PLG), 1977-2012. Although most of the records are dated after the organization's founding in 1980, the records include a proposal for a group called the Gay Asian Association from 1977.
This collection is arranged in alphabetical order.
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
The bulk of the collection was donated by Milt Owens and Fred Bradford.
Formerly box A240. Collection processed by Kyle Morgan.
Controlled Access Headings
- Asian American gays
- Asian American lesbians
Administrative records, general 1984-1995
Color 35mm slides by Milt Owens undated [Twenty-seven slides]
Gay Asian Association proposal 1977
Meeting records 1991-2005 [3 folders]
Membership applications 1990-1996 [2 folders]
Newsletters of A/PLG 1981-2001 [5 folders]
Newsletter distribution records 1985-1990 [2 folders]
Press and promotional material 1986-2012
Receipt books 1980-1985 [Four books]