NQAPIA Stands with Baltimore

As the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, we stand with the Baltimore Uprising and Black organizers in the city. The nation is reeling from yet another killing of an unarmed Black person—this time in police custody. We refuse to condemn the “violence” of protesters without first condemning the state violence that created this situation—by the police, by government officials, by consistent disinvestment in West Baltimore.


Photo via Washington Post (4/29/15) Win McNamee/Getty Images

As queer APIs, we recognize our privilege and our deeply personal investment in this fight. Our communities are diverse. We experience varying degrees of privilege and of profiling, of uneasy trust and deep-seated fear of the police. We join this fight as allies who understand that our liberation is tied with yours.

We commit ourselves to being part of the fight for racial justice, and the struggle for Black lives to truly matter in this country. We commit to being queer APIs4BlackLives in our own cities. We commit to bringing this work home, to challenging the anti-Blackness in our own organizations, communities, and families. We commit ourselves to this work for the long haul.

For today, Baltimore, know that we stand with you. We will continue to stand with you until we see #JusticeforFreddieGray and an end to police brutality across the country.

Support Available to attend AAPI Institute at Creating Change

NQAPIA is, for the third year in a row, helping plan an all day AAPI Institute at The National Conference on  LGBT Equality: Creating Change.  Thanks to our friends at the Queer Justice Fund of Asian Americans/ Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy and API Equality- Northern California, a special fund is available to support participation in the AAPI Institute.

This scholarship is being offered to assist in bringing underserved and underrepresented Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to the Task Force’s Creating Change Conference to attend the day-long AAPI Institute. The scholarship will provide transportation and/or lodging, but not registration to the conference. In order to apply for this scholarship, you must complete this form by December 31, 2012. When the committee decides on who will receive the scholarship, all recipients will need to be accessible by phone between January 4th – January 7th to finalize your accommodations. Additionally, you are required to attend the day-long AAPI Institute on Thursday, January 24th and arrive before 8PM on Wednesday, the 23rd.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Planning Committee of the first AAPI Institute at 2011 Creating Change

Making a Splash In Charm City: NQAPIA at Creating Change

Making a Splash In Charm City: NQAPIA at Creating Change

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.