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Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and Immigration Take Center Stage at LGBT Summit in Hawai’i

National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) holds first LGBT Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander convening, focuses leadership training on both immigration reform and indigenous concerns for LGBT communities

For Immediate Release: Friday, August 2

Contact: Ben de Guzman

E-mail: ben_deguzman@nqapia.org

Phone: 202-422-4909

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Hawai’i Summit – 2013

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is organizing a weekend long training and issue briefing for leaders of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations. Local leaders from around the country will convene to network, learn about current issues, share strategies, and build the infrastructure of their organizations. Two members from each NQAPIA member organization will be invited to participate in the Summit to build a diverse body of participants (gender, gender expression, ethnicity, age, region, etc.). NQAPIA will cover lodging, meals, and ground transport, local organizations will cover their own flights. NQAPIA will also host special convenings for Pacific Islander LGBT leaders and LGBT students from the University of Hawaiʻi system.

SUMMIT ACTIVITIES

• Leadership Training: Skills-building sessions to develop leadership in a variety of areas
• Issue Briefing: Focus on issues of concern at local and national levels
• Program Planning: Discussion of NQAPIA projects and organizational structure
• Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Solidarity: Building awareness of LGBT Native
Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities and issues of concern, including: sovereignty,
HIV/ AIDS, disparities, inclusion and outreach
• Saturday Night Community Catalyst Fundraiser: Support NQAPIA and Hawaiʻi
organizations as we honor local and national leaders for their track record in Asian
American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander LGBT communities
• NQAPIA Program Update and Business: Discussion of NQAPIA initiatives and coordination between local groups and national organization

AGENDA

Thursday – July 25
• Pacific Islander Convening
• UH LGBT Student Convening
• Evening Reception- Open for Summit participants, small fee for other guests

Friday – July 26
• Welcome and Introduction
• Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander
• Solidarity Building
• Welcoming Reception

Saturday – July 27
• Training and Issue Briefing
• NQAPIA Community Catalyst Award

Sunday – July 28
• NQAPIA National Program and Activities

Monday – July 29
• Voluntary pay-on-your-own social outings

Support + Advertise: 2013 Hawaiʻi Summit

Sponsor the Summit

Sponsorship rates range from $500 to $10,000. Your support will help local leaders from throughout the country partake in the Summit. As a sponsor, your company or organization’s name will be added to the event’s publicity materials (flyers, email announcements and website). NQAPIA’s membership list includes over 3,600 individuals, and the aggregated list serves of all the groups in NQAPIA’s federation reach nearly 12,000 subscribers.

Advertise in the Community Catalyst program

Each summit NQAPIA holds a special reception honoring the recipients of our annual Community Catalyst Awards. Ads for the reception’s program book range from $50 for a quarter page ad to $250 for a full page. Proceeds benefit local LGBT AAPI groups in Hawaiʻi.

The Summit provides a unique opportunity for visibility among the leading LGBTQ and AAPI community leaders and professionals.

Deadline

April 30th, 2013

Click here to download the sponsorship form and for full details

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

2013 – Hawai’i Summit

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is organizing a weekend long training and issue briefing for leaders of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations. Local leaders from around the country will convene to network, learn about current issues, share strategies, and build the infrastructure of their organizations. Two members from each NQAPIA member organization will be invited to participate in the Summit to build a diverse body of participants (gender, gender expression, ethnicity, age, region, etc.). NQAPIA will cover lodging, meals, and ground transport, local organizations will cover their own flights. NQAPIA will also host special convenings for Pacific Islander LGBT leaders and LGBT students from the University of Hawaiʻi system.

SUMMIT ACTIVITIES

• Leadership Training: Skills-building sessions to develop leadership in a variety of areas
• Issue Briefing: Focus on issues of concern at local and national levels
• Program Planning: Discussion of NQAPIA projects and organizational structure
• Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Solidarity: Building awareness of LGBT Native
Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities and issues of concern, including: sovereignty,
HIV/ AIDS, disparities, inclusion and outreach
• Saturday Night Community Catalyst Fundraiser: Support NQAPIA and Hawaiʻi
organizations as we honor local and national leaders for their track record in Asian
American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander LGBT communities
• NQAPIA Program Update and Business: Discussion of NQAPIA initiatives and coordination between local groups and national organization

AGENDA

Thursday – July 25
• Pacific Islander Convening
• UH LGBT Student Convening
• Evening Reception- Open for Summit participants, small fee for other guests

Friday – July 26
• Welcome and Introduction
• Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander
• Solidarity Building
• Welcoming Reception

Saturday – July 27
• Training and Issue Briefing
• NQAPIA Community Catalyst Award

Sunday – July 28
• NQAPIA National Program and Activities

Monday – July 29
• Voluntary pay-on-your-own social outings

NQAPIA Statement on Senator Daniel Inouye

NQAPIA Co-Director Ben de Guzman with Senator Inouye

We mourn the loss of Senator Daniel K. Inouye of Hawai’i, who passed away on Tuesday, December 18, 2012.  Senator Inouye was an elder statesman in the Senate, and as President Pro Tempore, was third in line for the Presidency- an unprecedented role for an Asian American in politics.  Senator Inouye was the first Congressmember to represent Hawaiʻi in the Congress when he was elected in 1959, and was second only to Senator Robert Byrd in years served in the Senate.

As a World War II veteran, Senator Inouye was outspoken about discrimination in the military.  He championed the cause of Filipino World War II veterans equity and supported the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, saying in a statement, “In every war we have had men and women of different sexual orientation who have stood in harm’s way and given their lives for their country. I fought alongside gay men during World War II, many of them were killed in combat. Are we to suggest that because of their sexual orientation they are not heroes?”  He also supported a range of issues of concern to AAPI and LGBT communities, including Hawaiian sovereignty, immigration, and marriage equality.

“Senator Inouye’s passing is a loss to the entire country,” said Ben de Guzman, NQAPIA Co-Director for Programs.  “He was an elder statesman in the Senate, a rarity for AAPIs in Capitol Hill.  At the same time, he was an advocate for the LGBT community, speaking out on issues like the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and marriage equality.  He will be sorely missed.”