Get involved

i2i is a collective-run, membership-based community group & organization with several levels of involvement. There is no cost for i2i membership. We want to remain accessible to everyone!

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Become a general member

General Membership is for anyone that comes to an i2i event and who is invested in celebrating, affirming, and engaging LGBTQ+ Asians and Pacific Islanders in the Chicago area.

Our events are open to anyone who identifies anywhere along the spectrums of Asian, Pacific Islander, South Asian, Southeast Asian and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA+); this includes people who are multiracial/multiethnic and/or people who are adopted. You do not need to be “out” about your LGBTQIA+ identity in the community to be part of i2i, and we will do our best to maintain your confidentiality.

For information about current i2i activities and events, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and/or join our listserv!

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Join a committee

At our general member retreat in November 2019, i2i members formed working groups around the following core issues:

  • The health and healing justice group focuses on the unique barriers to accessing health care.
  • The accessibility group focuses on making our events and information accessible to our community.
  • The inter-POC solidarity group focuses on showing up for and with Black- and brown-led movements in Chicago.

Interested in joining a committee? Reach out to us below!

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Become an ally and supporter

i2i Allies include those non-LGBTQ+ or non-Asian people who are our friends, colleagues, loved ones, other queer people of color, straight supporters, etc.  They can be people of diverse ethnicities and orientations. 

Allies are welcome at all i2i-sponsored public events, including social outings, potlucks, and educational programs, unless otherwise noted. You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and/or join our listserv!

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Join the core team

i2i Core Members work together to help lead i2i by planning programming, helping with the website or other social media, tracking finances, coordinating with partner organizations, and helping expand i2i’s membership. 

Core Members commit to being part of i2i’s leadership for at least one year. Leadership Development opportunities are sometimes available for Core Members through the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA).

Opportunities to join the core team will be announced to our general members.