In 2004, conservative Chinese Christian leaders held an anti-marriage equality march in the Sunset District of San Francisco. 6,000 people attended, holding up signs that read “homosexuality is a sin.” As a response, LGBTQ API people and straight allies formed the “Asian Pacific American Coalition for Equality,” which soon became API Equality. Originally, API Equality was a statewide initiative focused in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles County. With different needs, communities, and geographies served, the two branches of API Equality quickly began to form unique and distinct organizing strategies. Since 2005, APIENC (fka API Equality - Northern California) and API Equality - Los Angeles have worked as separate, individual organizations.