2016 Community Catalyst Awards

NQAPIA’s 2016 Community Catalyst Awards dinners will be held in New York, Boston, and Washington, DC. These events are a chance for us to come together, share a multi-course banquet, enjoy performances by AAPI artists, and honor incredible organizations and leaders in the LGBTQ AAPI community.

When you get involved with the Community Catalyst Awards, you not only show your support in celebrating, but this is also an opportunity to raise money for continued organizing and advocacy in the LGBTQ AAPI community.

Click on the images and links to learn how to get involved in New York, Boston, and Washington, DC.

New York – March 12, 2016

Community Catalyst Awards NYC

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Boston – March 26, 2016

2016 Community Catalyst Awards Boston

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Washington, DC – April 9, 2016

2016 Community Catalyst Awards DC

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2015 Community Catalyst Awards

NYC Community Catalyst Awards 2015Cocktails  –  12-course Banquet Dinner  –  Dancing


Dennis Chin // Former co-chair of the Gay Asian & Pacific Islander Men of New York

Clara Yoon // Founder of API Project of PFLAG NYC and a proud mother of a transgender son

GABRIELA-USA  // The overseas chapter of the Philippine-based organization, extending the Filipino women’s movement to the United States.

Saturday, March 28, 2015
6:00 – 11:30 pm

Grand Harmony Restaurant
98 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

Individual tickets – $75/person
Limited income rate available. Email to inquire.

*Host Committee Rates
Table of 10 for $750
Table of 5 for $375

*All Host Committee Members are listed in the event program book and email invitations, receive free ads, and a bottle of wine for their table.

**Sponsorship Rates
Gold – $1,000
Silver – $500

**Sponsorships include free tickets, a full-page ad, high name recognition at the event and all promotional materials.

$50/quarter page ad
$250/full page


Apphia Kumar, Stephanie Hsu, Glenn D. Magpantay, Eli Rhee. Ryan Shen, and Piali Mukherjee
Graphic Designer:  Jeff Louie


Glenn D. Magpantay

All proceeds benefit NQAPIA and local LGBT Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander organizations and activists to attend the national LGBT AAPI conference in Chicago, August 6-9, 2015.

Early Bird What Now?

New York National Community Catalyst Awards: March 29

Atlanta Regional Summit: April 4-6



If you’re following NQAPIA at all, you hopefully know we’ve got two major events coming up- our annual Community Catalyst Awards on March 29 in New York, and our 2014 Southern Regional Summit April 4-6 in Atlanta, GA.

We are so excited to bring folks to both these events that we have extended the deadline for early registration for BOTH of these events. Yes, you heard that right! Until March 25, our New York/ New Jersey/ Connecticut friends can pick up their Community Catalyst Award tickets at a discounted rate, and our friends in the South can register here for our Southern Regional Summit at the early bird rate!

We’re looking forward to spreading more LGBT AAPI love to the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest, the Northeast, and California later in the year, but get your chance to join the NQAPIA crew in New York and Atlanta NOW!



NQAPIA Announces 2014 Community Catalyst Awards

The 2014 NQAPIA Community Catalyst Awards
Saturday, March 29, 2014 6:00 PM
Salaam Bombay Restaurant, 319 Greenwich Street, New York, NY

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW! Early Bird Rate Ends on March 15!

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is proud to present the fourth annual Community Catalyst Award Celebration, on Saturday evening, March 29, in New York City..  The recipients of NQAPIA’s 2013 Community Catalyst Awards are:

•    Andy Marra
Andy Marra is a nationally recognized advocate and role model for LGBT people, the Korean community, adoptees, and young people everywhere.

Andy Marra Pic

•   Q-WAVE
For ten years, Q-WAVE has strengthened the voices of lesbian, bisexual, and queer women and trans/ gender variant people of Asian descent in the Greater New York area.


•   Namita Chad
Namita is a queer South Asian activist with over a decade of experience working with grassroots, LGBTI, immigrant and feminist groups including the Audre Lorde Project, DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving), and SALGA (the South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association).

Namita Photo


Tickets for general admittance at a special early bird rate of $65.00 before March 15. Click here for more information. 

Proceeds benefit local LGBT / AAPI organizations in New York, and NQAPIA. 

Contact NQAPIA via e-mail at to inquire about a limited income rate.

Saturday, March 29, Doors open at  6:00 PM

Salaam Bombay
319 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 

Subway: A, C, E, or 1, 2, 3

June 2013 E-blast: LGBT Pride, Immigration, Community Catalyst Awards, and MORE

June is wrapping up on a high note!  With historic movement in Washington, DC on immigration and marriage equality, and unprecedented celebrations at Pride events around the country, Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) lesbian,gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities have been at the center of the action!

In this e-blast, find out more information about the following:

NQAPIA Annoucements and Activities:  Intern Corner, Immigration, and NQAPIA Community Catalyst Awards

Around the Horn:   DesiQ, LGBT Pride

News and Notes:  Supreme Court, ENDA, SSA

NQAPIA Announcements and Activities

Community Catalyst Award Flyer.Front

Intern Corner:  We are pleased to welcome interns Steven Cong and Elizabeth Duthinh to Team NQAPIA this summer.  Check out their reflections and observations every week on our blog.  This week, they offer their take on what’s been an historic week in the nation’s capital.

Immigration: NQAPIA took our communities’ voices to Capitol Hill as the Senate took an historic vote on comprehensive immigration reform.  With Tony Choi, a queer undocumented immigration from New Jersey, we delivered 2,700 postcards to the Senate, meeting with Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ).

NQAPIA Community Catalyst Awards: We are pleased to announce our annual Community Catalyst Awards this year, which will be held at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel in Honolulu, HI.  Join us on Saturday, July 27 as we honor former NFL football player and LGBT activist Esera Tuaolo and UNITE HERE Local 5.  Check us out on Facebook for more information.



Around the Horn: AAPI LGBT Action Across the Country


San Francisco, CA:  Hundreds of LGBT South Asians from around the world are converging on San Franicsco this coming weekend for the DesiQ conference.  NQAPIA is going to be there in full force July 4-6.  For more information, click here.

LGBT Pride:  We’ve been documenting local groups’ LGBT Pride contingents all month.  Cities like New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Twin Cities, and Seattle are closing us out this weekend.  We are gathering images and stories about queer AAPIs making our voices heard.  Tell us your story at

News and Notes: Legislative and Policy Roundup

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Supreme Court:  NQAPIA monitored a number of issues taken on by the Supreme Court in their recently concluded session.  While much of the news coverage (particularly in the LGBT media) has focused on marriage equality, NQAPIA weighed in on cases that were decided on issues such as Affirmative Action and Voting Rights.  We joined a national statement from the LGBT community expressing our disappointmenent on their ruling on Voting Rights.

Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA): Out & Equal released a new report that explores the discrimination LGBT employees face in the workforce. You can check out their report here.

Social Security Administration (SSA):  Transgender communities got good news this month when the SSA announced new policies that will improve people’s ability to change the gender markers on their identity documents, including their Social Security cards.  Our friends at the National Center for Transgender Equality issued this factsheet explaining the new policies.

July 25th-28th: Hawaiʻi Summit (2013) // A Training and Issue Briefing for Leaders of LGBT AAPI Organizations

NQAPIA Accepting Proposals for 2013 Community Catalyst Awards

Every year, the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) presents the annual Community Catalyst Award to an organization or an individual who has demonstrated a track record of support for Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities. In 2013, we look forward to holding our Awards Gala in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi as part of our annual Summit: Leadership Training and Issue Briefing on July 27, 2013.

2010 Community Catalyst Award Recipient Lola Lai Jong from Chicago, IL

For the 2013 Awards, we are inviting people to suggest names of potential awardees and your help is appreciated! Criteria for selection include: substantive work in AAPI LGBT communities, and name recognition/ ability to help fundraising efforts. Awardees must also be able to be physically present to receive the award (travel support may be arranged). A direct connection to potential awardee will help their proposal (if you’ve got Margaret Cho’s cell number, let us know!).

We are accepting proposals for a limited time, so get your suggestions in now!


Ben de Guzman, on behalf of the 2013 NQAPIA Community Catalyst Award Planning Committee

2012 Community Catalyst Award Gala!

The NQAPIA National Conference Planning Committee, Board, and Staff officially invite you to join us for our 2012 Community Catalyst Awards!  We are excited to honor Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA), the Asian American Justice Center, and local LGBT Muslim activist Urooj Arshad on Saturday, July 21 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott.

The doors open at the Crystal Gateway Marriott- 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202- at 6:30pm and the event will be emceed by none other than actor and activist Tamlyn Tomita, seen most recently as Mike Chang’s mom on the hit TV show, Glee.

2012 Community Catalyst Awards Gala Dinner and Celebration

Asian American Justice Center


Congressman Mike Honda


Urooj Arshad


Actress Tamlyn Tomita (Glee, Joy Luck Club, Karate Kid II).

Evening Details!

Saturday, July 21 2012
6:30 to 10:00 PM
Dancing to follow immediately.


Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202
(Crystal City Metro: Blue and Yellow Lines)


Tickets: $80.00 in advance

$90.00 after July 6, 2012

$65.00 for limited income attendees

Click here to purchase tickets online!!

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Submit NQAPIA Keynote Speaker suggestions & Community Catalyst Award nominations!

NQAPIA members,

We need your help for our National Conference in Washington, DC from July 19-22 2012.

At the NQAPIA Leadership Summit in July 2011, attendees brainstormed a list of possible keynote speakers and that list was refined to individuals whom the planning committee feels represent our diverse LGBTQ AAPI communities.

As we craft our programming, including the Community Catalyst Awards Dinner, we will be able to invite additional individuals and organizations to be profiled at our conference.  We can reach out to them as either plenary presenters or Community Catalyst awardees.  Our established criteria for the Community Catalyst Award includes: 1) substantive work in support of AAPI and/or LGBT communities; 2) name recognition (i.e. ability and willingness to attract sponsors/ participants and raise money); and 3) commitment to be physically present.

We want to make sure your voice in heard in our planning process! The conference planning committee meets the second Wednesday of the month- if you’re interested in being part of this, e-mail

If you’re able to provide additional suggestions for keynote plenaries and/or Community Catalyst Awardees, list them at this link:

Note that the more comprehensive you can be in terms of providing contact information and description of their positive contributions to the community, the more likely we will be able to consider them.

Suggestions accepted until January 12.

If you have any questions, contact NQAPIA at