On June 30, following the cease on affirmative action, the Supreme Court decided to rule against the LGBTQIA+ community citing that businesses have a right to deny services to certain groups. The National Federation of Filipino American Associations recognizes that many Filipino Americans identify as LGBTQIA+ and seeks to monitor the situation closely. NaFFAA believes in upholding the community’s safety and will work towards protecting, advocating, and supporting those impacted. NaFFAA does not tolerate any form of prejudice against any other groups and will continue creating a more equitable and fair United States for all Americans.
“There was a time in our country’s history when the Italians, Polish, Jews, Irish, Filipinos, Koreans, African Americans, Mexicans, Vietnamese, Japanese, and other people of different backgrounds were treated like second-class citizens and subjected to humiliation, internment, racism, slavery, and stereotypes. Women could not even vote or open a credit card in their name. Businesses refused to serve these people because of who they were and where they came from. Discriminatory signs in front of their businesses proclaiming who can not be served was a sad period in our history and should not be repeated. We all have different beliefs, and it should not lessen and affect the rights and dignity of certain people.” – Gio Duaqui, NaFFAA National Trustee.
Since 1997, the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) has been the standard-bearer for promoting the welfare and well-being of more than four million Filipinos and Filipino Americans throughout the United States. NaFFAA is the largest non-partisan, non-profit organization and national affiliation of Filipino American institutions, umbrella organizations, and individuals, with members in regions that cover the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands.