Kitty Tsui- 2018 SF State Hall of Fame Inductee

Kitty Tsui- 2018 SF State Hall of Fame Inductee


Born in Hong Kong and raised in England, Kitty
Tsui is a pioneer woman who has helped pave the way for the queer community and generations
of women of color. As an author, activist, artist, actor, and
athlete, she’s dedicated her career to elevating the profile of Asian American women and fighting
for LGBTQ rights. After immigrating to San Francisco with her
family in 1968, Kitty watched from Lowell High School as police in riot gear walked
the streets while students at SF State demonstrated for a Third World Studies department. It was the day she decided to attend San Francisco
State and join a campus community that would prepare her for a lifetime of activism. Inspired by professors and classmates in creative
writing, communications, and broadcast communications art, Kitty’s writing became throughly intertwined with her activism. She was a founding member of Unbound Feet,
the Chinese American women’s writing and performance group that spurred the Asian Pacific Islander
lesbian movement in the Bay Area. Her earliest work, The Words of a Woman who Breathes Fire,
is the first book by a Chinese American lesbian; and she won medals at the Gay Games in both
San Francisco and Vancouver. In 1990, she was named one of the fifty most
influential gay and lesbian writers of the decade; she was on the front line during the
1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation. In 2016, the Asian Pacific Islander Queer
Woman and Transgender Community honored Kitty with the Phoenix Award for Lifetime Achievement;
and in Fall 2018, she became one of twelve poets to be featured in the Smithsonian Asian
Pacific American Center’s A Day in the Queer Life of Asian Pacific America. San Francisco State University 2018 Alumni
Hall of Fame inductee Kitty Tsui’s work has helped shaped the trajectory for Asian American
queer women and the LGBTQ community in the Bay Area, throughout the country, and around
the world. She illustrates to SF State students how to
persevere through adversary and commit years of her time and talent to change making.

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