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While the Nikkei community has been a comforting home for many, some LGBTQ Japanese Americans feel they must to hide their 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.

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. Find 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

Friday, November 16, 2018
Mini Film Fest/Reception – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Saturday, November 17, 2018
Conference – 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Networking, Photo Booth – 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

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