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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Coalition of Asian LGBT Groups Host Boston LGBT Immigration Forum

Contact: Ben de Guzman;; 202-422-4909

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What: An evening discussion focused on comprehensive immigration reform and what it means for LGBT Asian Americans, South Asian, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders.  Share your/ your family’s story or come to listen. Refreshments and refreshing conversation will be provided.

An LGBT member of the Southeast Asian American community will talk about their family’s experience with the harsh immigration laws and how they threaten to tear their family apart.

We’ll bring the latest information locally and nationally about the national debate around immigrants’ rights and how YOU can get involved.

NQAPIA’s national postcard campaign and a local LGBT AAPI sign-on letter will allow you to have IMMEDIATE impact!

Where: 324 Tremont Street, Boston, MA (near the Tufts Medical Center stop on the Orange Line)

When: Thursday, March 21 Doors open at 6:30pm.

Who: This conversation will focus on Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) communities.  The event is open to all and participants’ support of the space with positive allyship practices is appreciated.


  • National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
  • MAP for Health
  • Massachusetts Area South Asian Lambda Association (MASALA)
  • Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (QAPA)
  • Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD)

Why: According to a study from the Center for American Progress and the Williams Institute, the LGBT undocumented population is disproportionately Asian.  With President Obama and the Congress moving on this issue, the time is NOW for comprehensive immigration reform.

Trainings for AAPI Election Protection Program–This Week!

NQAPIA is a partner with the Election Protection Program with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund.  We’re excited to bring our local networks on Election Day to make sure that our communities are best able to take part in the political process.

Your help is needed to make sure this happens!  The exit polls we will help gather ask questions about same sex marriage in Asian American languages- if we don’t have enough volunteers, we will not be able to get the best data directly from our communities in the languages they speak.

Sign up to volunteer here, and attend any of the trainings below.  For more information, contact Ben de Guzman via e-mail at


Tues., Oct. 23 – Philadelphia, PA

12N – Duane Morris, 30 South 17th Street, between Chestnut and Market
6PM – Pepper Hamilton, 3000 Two Logan Square, Eighteenth and Arch Streets

6PM – University of Pennsylvania APALSA, Gittis 2


Wed., Oct. 24 – Washington, DC

12N – Crowell & Moring, 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, between 10th and 11th Streets

4PM – Georgetown Law School, 600 New Jersey Ave, NW, McDonough, Room 164
6PM – Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, 901 New York Avenue, NW, at K Street


Thurs., Oct. 25 – Boston, MA

12N – Ropes & Gray LLP; Prudential Tower, 800 Boylston Street, at Fairfield

2:30PM – Suffolk University Law School,120 Tremont Street, Room 275
6PM – Edwards Wildman Palmer, 111 Huntington Avenue, at Holyoke


Fri., Oct. 26 – Boston, MA

12PM – Harvard Law School APALSA

3PM – New England Law, 154 Stuart Street, Room 303


Tues., Oct. 30 – New York, NY

6PM – Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, 4 Times Square, 42nd St. east of Broadway