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As June and Pride Month close, I’ve been ruminating on the emotions brought up for me lately as a queer woman. Seeing rainbows plastered everywhere and brands launching their Pride or rainbow-themed products to celebrate has been disconcerting faced with the reality that the LGBTQ+ community is facing widespread discrimination and higher poverty rates than the general population. Many of the same companies changing their logo to a rainbow version for a month also donate to anti-LGBTQ+ politicians who pursue legislation to ban trans people from public spaces and uphold legal discrimination against gay employees.

And these are just the…

Open Door Legal’s ongoing commitments to justice

At Open Door Legal, we are committed to making an enduring difference in our community, and our community includes clients, partners, and staff of Asian descent. As a legal aid organization striving to create universal access to legal representation, we believe the law belongs to all of us. This means we recognize the law is unequally applied when racism is allowed to exist.

Since March 2020, the reporting center Stop AAPI Hate has tracked 3,795 incidents including hate, violence, discrimination, and harassment against Asians and Asian American Pacific Islanders. Of that number, 45% took place in California.

We grieve these…

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This inauguration day heralds the beginning of a new era — one in which immigration professionals hope signals a return to stability and humanity. We spoke with Lead Immigration Attorney Belinda Liu about what she saw on the ground during the Trump Administration, and how she feels about the coming changes under the Biden Administration.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

What were the biggest challenges that you as an immigration attorney experienced under the Trump administration?

There are so many immigration policies under the Trump administration that have been widely discussed in the media — for…

The city of San Francisco has taken a pledge to use funds reallocated from the police budget to support the city’s Black community. We at Open Door Legal are proposing that those funds go toward an expansion of civil legal services in Bayview/Hunters Point, so that the neighborhood’s most vulnerable residents can protect their rights and build wealth.

Bayview/Hunters Point is such an important part of our city’s history. Post-WWII, San Francisco saw an influx of Black residents to the South-Eastern part of the city due to a combination of available jobs and housing discrimination elsewhere. Its residents fed San…

Open Door Legal’s statement on the murder of George Floyd

Photo by Arielle Tannin

Our organization’s vision is a simple one: the law belongs to all of us. That conviction is at the core of what we do. We believe that everyone should be equally protected under the law. However, as we have seen yet again in the past weeks, that is not the reality of our country.

The law was not there to protect George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many of our Black neighbors and friends. …

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