In an open letter, Hoang introduces himself to the community and shares his vision for the future of EQCA.
First, I want to thank you. I’m honored and humbled to be named Executive Director-designate of Equality California. I can’t wait to work with each of you as we continue the fight for full, lived LGBTQ+ equality.
My chief objective as Executive Director will be to protect and expand upon the legacy of this organization. For those of you who don’t know me, I wanted to share a bit about myself:
I have spent my entire career advocating on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community.
I am also the son of Vietnam War refugees. My parents came to this country with only a dream of a better life for their children. Like so many immigrants, they worked hard and started small businesses to ensure that my sister and I would have privileges and opportunities that they were not afforded.
I am the direct product of this sacrifice. And as a proud first-generation immigrant, I grew up understanding the marginalized intersections of sexual orientation, gender, race, class and immigration status.
It was this experience that propelled me to begin my career at Equality California over a decade ago -- and I couldn’t be prouder of everything we have accomplished together in the time since.
But over the last few months, we’ve seen a disturbing rise in hate crimes against the Asian American community. The transgender community continues to face an epidemic of violence in this country. And last summer, we marched and protested, demanding an end to anti-Black violence, white supremacy and the inhumane treatment of immigrants at our southern border.
As America faces a reckoning in the fight for racial justice, it is our duty to support and champion those in our community who live in the margins. Though our fights may be different, they are inherently interconnected. We must stand together as we continue to create a world that is healthy, just and fully equal for all LGBTQ+ people.
As the next Executive Director of Equality California, I pledge to fight alongside you until the work is done. The challenges that lie ahead are daunting -- but not insurmountable. I’m confident and full of hope that as long as you are committed to be in this fight with us, we can -- and will -- achieve the unimaginable.
Let’s get to work!