‘Coming Out: Telling Our Stories’ in San Jose

SAN JOSE — As part of LGBT History Month, Tadaima is hosting a special panel discussion featuring Nikkei Bay Area community leaders and their coming-out stories on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 566 N. 5th St. in San Jose Japantown.

The event will be followed by time for community building and networking. Food will be available for purchase from Akita Sushi & Catering Food Truck after the panel.

Following are profiles of the speakers.

kris hayashi

amy sueyoshi3

Sueyoshi is a historian by training specializing in sexuality, gender, and race. She holds a B.A. from Barnard College and a Ph.D. from UCLA. She is the author of “Queer Compulsions: Race, Nation, and Sexuality in the Affairs of Yone Noguchi” (2012) and has a second book manuscript titled “Sex Acts: Race, Leisure, and Power in Turn-of-the-Century San Francisco” under review at University Colorado Press. She has published and lectured on a number of race and sexuality issues such as cross-dressing, pornography, and marriage equality.

bonnie sugiyama

Sugiyama is the former director of the Center for Culture, Gender, and Sexuality at Sonoma State University and a founder of the PRIDE Center at California State University, Sacramento. She holds a BS in management information systems and an MA in educational technology from CSUS.

To RSVP, go to www.tadaimabayarea.org/events/.

Tadaima meaning “I’m home” in Japanese, is a collection of events hosted across Northern California to provide support, resources, education, and connections to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQQ) individuals, families, and allies. A series of events is taking place from fall 2015 through spring 2016, culminating in a one-day gathering in San Jose during the month of April.

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