8:00 AM


Student Union Theater

Check-in and light continental breakfast for participants of the conference

8:45 AM


Student Union Theater

Queer Taiko with Kristy Oshirio

Queer Taiko is a San Francisco Bay Area-based group of LGBTQs and allies interested in learning the art of taiko (Japanese drumming). Formed in 2014 by professional taiko artist Kristy Oshiro, the group aims to build community and camaraderie by learning and growing together.

9:00 AM


Student Union Theater

Opening remarks from TADAIMA organizers
Welcome address by Congressman Mike Honda

9:20 AM


Student Union Theater

Aiden Aizumi

Aiden Aizumi is a Japanese American transgender activist living in Los Angeles. He is currently working on his Masters in Educational Counseling at the University of La Verne. In his spare time, he travels with his mother, sharing his story in hopes of providing education and insight to LGBTQQ issues.

Marsha Aizumi

Marsha Aizumi is an author, speaker, educator and advocate for the LGBT community. She serves on the board of directors for PFLAG National, is co-founder and current president of PFLAG San Gabriel Valley Asian Pacific Islander, and the author of Two Spirits, One Heart, a memoir that chronicles her journey with her transgender son to find unconditional love and acceptance.

Michelle Honda-Phillips

Michelle Honda-Phillips and her husband, Travis, are raising a 9-year- old affirmed daughter, and 7- and 11-year- old cisgender sons. Her family’s journey has been featured on the NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, the Human Rights Campaign, local media coverage, and a feature article in Elle France.

Bonnie Sugiyama (Moderator)

Bonnie Sugiyama is the director of the San Jose State University PRIDE Center and Gender Equity Center. She has worked in higher education for more than 10 years, serving students of multiple identities through various capacities. Bonnie also serves as the vice president of the board of directors for Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS), the parent organization of Outlet. She is a board member of the Bay Area Municipal Elections Committee (BAYMEC), an LGBT political action committee.

10:35 AM


Coming Out in a Nikkei Life

Coming out while Nikkei can look different from how it is portrayed in American mainstream media. Let us explore how Japanese and Japanese American culture, heritage and communication styles have added layers of complexity to family dynamics as well as to LGBTQQ individuals in their coming-out journeys. We will share individual coming-out stories, reflect on the challenges and triumphs, and examine internal and external factors influencing how we think about coming out.  Facilitators: Mioi Hanaoka (API Equality) and Tracy Nguyen (API Equality)

LGBTQ 101: Understanding Sexual Orientation and Gender Identification in a More Accepting World

As mainstream acceptance of LGBTQ has grown, so too has the dialog evolved, reflecting a much greater understanding and openness about who we are. This session invites allies and those in the LGBTQ community to learn about how our identities are based on a continuum of terminologies that are fluid and can change over time. We will discover how terminology can help us understand sexual and gender identities, both our own and those of others. This presentation will introduce participants to LGBTQ terminology and empower them to talk about LGBTQ issues in a respectful and informed way. Facilitators: Suzie Endow (NRJ) and Ellen Tanouye (NRJ)

LGBTQQ Identity and Island Conformity: Departure from Hawaii to the Mainland USA

Student Union Theater

During the mid-20th century, many Asian American LGBTQQ persons left the fragile security of Hawaii’s ethnic, island-based cultural majority and journeyed to the mainland, discovering their LGBTQQ identities outside of the islands. Hear the stories of elders as they discuss both shared and diverse experiences and LGBTQQ interpretation within the context of Asian American island culture. Mid-20th century Hawaii, hidden LGBTQQ stories, the concept of “home” and adjustments to life on the mainland will be discussed. In addition, the session will present methods and resources for interpretation, documentation and archival public access.  Facilitators: Robert Nakatani, Curt Sanburn, and Gerald Takano

Family Acceptance: Three Different Perspectives

A Nikkei father, mother, and family member share their stories of how they have been transformed by their LGBTQ child or family member courageously being who they are. We hope to provide insight into some of the challenges that families face in navigating their journey to a place of unconditional love and acceptance. There will be an opportunity to ask questions in smaller groups, share what has worked, or just learn from the experiences shared by others.  Facilitators: Marsha Aizumi (Okaeri L.A. co-chair), Rev. Nobuaki Hanaoka, Laurin Mayeno (Out Proud Families), and Rev. John Oda

12:10 PM


Lunch and optional discussion groups

1:30 PM


All of Me for All of Us: Using the Arts to Inform Your Personal and Community Narrative

As LGBTQQ persons and close allies, we may not experience opportunities to bring our whole selves into connection with others or to have ourselves fully reflected back. Through creative writing, “talk story” and movement-based forms, we can foster liberation and disrupt oppressive patterns by narrating our truths, having our voices, and taking up space. Together we will gain wisdom from our realities and have the opportunity, for those who so desire, to share our creations with the wider TADAIMA community.  Facilitator: Colleen (Coke) Tani

Community Building for Trans/Gender Nonconforming/Non-binary/Gender Queer Nikkei/JA People (Closed Session)

Do you identify as both Nikkei/JA and trans/gender nonconforming/non-binary/genderqueer? Awesome! Come build community and share in the creation of this unique space by and for Nikkei/JA folks who identify as trans/gender nonconforming/non-binary/genderqueer and questioning!  Facilitators: riKu Matsuda (2014 Okaeri L.A. co-chair) and a.t. furuya

Movement Building in the Japanese American Community

Want to make a difference? Engage with other individuals and organizations in their movement-building efforts. Organizational interests are advanced through collaboration and aligning strategies towards common goals. Find out what work is being done by fellow participants towards LGBTQQ equality to foster understanding and acceptance in the Japanese American community, and learn how we can support each other in these efforts. New to the movement? Make connections here.  Facilitators: Colin Boon (Silicon Valley JACL), Komo Gauvreau, Nick Hori (Silicon Valley JACL), and Lynn Sugihara (APIQWTC)

Transforming Culture in Christian and Buddhist Faith Communities

Because culture is ever changing, both Christians and Buddhists, as well as their faith traditions are seeking ways to transform the culture of silence, shame, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia into communities of inclusivity, support, justice and liberation. This interfaith presentation explores the intersection of LGBTQ and faith with Rev David Ko (Wesley United Methodist Church) and Rev. Elaine Donlin (Buddhist Church of San Francisco) in examining doctrine and culture within their respective traditions. Discussion and Q & A follows their presentations. Facilitators: Rev. Elaine Donlin (Buddhist Church of San Francisco) and Rev. David Ko (Wesley United Methodist Church)

3:00 PM


The affinity group breakout session is a time for TADAIMA participants who share a common perspective or interest to gather, process the day and hold space for each other. Loosely facilitated, it is an opportunity to meet, share experiences, raise issues, plan for the future and mutually support each other.

SEXUAL IDENTITY (LGB&Q closed group)

A space for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer and Questioning participants only

GENDER IDENTIY (T&Q closed group)

A space for Transgender, Gender Nonconforming, Non-Binary, Genderqueer, and Questioning participants only


A space for those interested in giving support and getting support as families or loved ones


A space for those interested in giving support and getting support through their institutions of faith, as well as those not affiliated with organized religion but for whom spirituality is important


A space for those who are interested in supporting those in the LGBTQQ community but not necessarily through their families nor institutions of faith


Space permitting, there will be an affinity group for those who would like to engage with other participants speaking the Japanese language

4:05 PM


4:35 PM


Melvin Fujikawa

Melvin Fujikawa, a Los Angeles native, received his Master of Music degree in voice at USC. He has served as music and worship pastor at the Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles and the executive pastor at Christian Layman Church in Oakland. After publicly coming out in 2011, Fujikawa joined the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and has performed many solos at Davies Symphony Hall and Nourse Auditorium. He and his soon-to- be-husband, Mark Hamner, live in Berkeley.

Mia Nakano

Mia Nakano, a fourth-generation Japanese American and queer woman of color, is the director of the Visibility Project (visibilityproject.org), a national photo and video archive dedicated to the queer, Asian American women and trans community. A freelance photographer, videographer, and web designer, Nakano is a seasoned, self-taught artist who advocates strategic and ethical use of visual arts to create social change. She has contributed to the Smithsonian, Salon.com, and the de Young Museum.

Tina Takemoto, PhD

Tina Takemoto’s filmography includes Looking for Jiro, Memoirs of Bjork-Geisha, Arm’s Length, and Her/She Senses Imag(in)ed Malady. Looking for Jiro received the Best Experimental Jury Award at the Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival and was presented at numerous festivals, including Frameline, Ann Arbor Film Festival, MIX NYC, CAAM, Fusion, MIX Milano, MIX Mexico, Hamburg Queer Film Festival and Rio Gay Film Festival.

Amy Sueyoshi, PhD (Moderator)

Amy Sueyoshi is associate dean of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University and holds a joint faculty appointment in Sexuality Studies and Race and Resistance Studies. She is the author of Queer Compulsions: Race, Nation, and Sexuality in the Intimate Life of Yone Noguchi. Dr. Sueyoshi is a founding member of the GLBT History Museum, the first queer history museum in the United States.

5:35 PM