MidWest Solidarity Movement

We are a collective of Trans, Queers and Ally Southeast Asian artists, activists, and organizers from Minnesota. We are committed to creating cultural, social, and political change in our communities, and spaces. We are passionate and dedicated in organizing and mobilizing for social equity and justice on: LGBTQ, migration, racial, ethnic, gender, anti-violence, reproductive, economic, environmental and food issues.

Our mission is to engage, foster and sustain Trans and Queer SEA leaders, and Allies to creatively embody leadership in our community, and to organize for intersected social justice and change wherever we reside.
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Raising Up Emily’s What’s After Acceptance Narrative



Story #32

Em Thao is a 26 year old, identify as a Lesbian, and resides in California.

I knew I was gay when I was in the sixth grade chasing after this beautiful blonde named Georgia. Liking her was so normal to me because I wasn’t aware of what being gay and being straight was. I just knew that my heart goes spaghetti for her. I grew up thinking that I might just be bisexual…

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Before you go out and party or begin watching a movie snuggled up on the couch, check out this story, Raising UP Wilson’s Revive and Thrive Narrative. Please read and share widely!!!



Story #31

Wilson is a 17 year old Gay Hmong American Man from California.

I was about 13 years old when I started acknowledging that there was a possibility that I liked men. I always hid it from everyone because in this community (Asian or not) the word gay is used in such bad connotation it made me feel like something was wrong with me. Of course, this made me super scared to…

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Raising UP Europe’s Summoning Courage Narrative

Story #30 Europe Lor is a 21 year old Gay Hmong American from Wisconsin. I think I was 11 and I was attracted to one of my classmates.

Raising UP VPL’s Hiding From Shame Narrative

VPL is a 19 year old Gay Hmong Shaman from North Carolina. I was about 4 years old when I saw a guy a couple of years older than me.

Raising UP Kevin’s Liberated Narrative

Story #28 Kevin Thao is an 18 year old Hmong American and identifies as an Atheist gay male residing in Minnesota.

Raising UP Su’s Short but Sweet Narrative


Su is a 16 year old who identifies as a Lesbian residing in MN.

I was 12 when I saw…

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Raising UP Jay’s Lifted Narrative


Story #26

Jay Her is a 26 year old Agnostic Buddhist Hmong man who identifies as Gay residing in Alaska.

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Raising UP LV’s Damp Awakening Narrative


Story #25

LV is an 23 year old Hmong Transman who identifies as Straight residing…

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