NQAPIA and its partners helped raise the profile of Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) again this year at Creating Change: The National Conference on LGBT Equality. Put on by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Creating Change is one of (if not the) largest LGBT social justice conferences in the country. This year, Creating Change was held January 25-29 in “Charm City” at the Hilton Baltimore and featured a number of sessions put on by NQAPIA, including:
1) AAPI Institute: A day-long session that brought together 50 participants from around the country for programming to build skills and knowledge for AAPI LGBT activists. The AAPI Institute was put on by NQAPIA, API Equality- Los Angeles, API Equality- Northern California, and the Queer Justice Fund of Asian Americans/ Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy.
2) AAPI Caucus: A jam-packed room of over 70 AAPIs came together to connect and build community. NQAPIA led this session, with Board members such as Alison Lin, Rakesh Modi and Anjali Chauhdry facilitating a lively discussion.
3) We’re Here! We’re Queer! We Eat Paneer!: This session was led by Glenn Magpantay, NQAPIA Co-Director for Development, Rakesh Modi, NQAPIA Co-Chair and former chair of Trikone, Aneesa Sen, SALGA- NYC Steering Committee Member, and focused on organizing in AAPI LGBT communities.
4) Queer/ Trans and Immigrant Identities: Bringing Movements Together: Ben de Guzman, NQAPIA Co-Diretor for Programs led this session, along with Laurent Widjaya, from HotPot! in Philadelphia and Lisbeth Melendez- Rivera, Director of Unid@s, the Latino/a LGBT human rights organization.
NQAPIA also supported the LGBTQ Youth of Color Reception and Town Hall Meeting, sponsored by the National Education Association’s Office of Minority Community Outreach. This event was put on in collaboration with the National Black Justice Coalition.