NQAPIA Announces National AAPI Action for LGBT Pride Month

Photo Caption: NQAPIA with NCAPA member organizations celebrating APA Heritage Month



National Asian American Groups to Issue Month Long Series of Statements Supporting LGBT Equality


For Immediate Release: Friday, May 30 2014


Ben de Guzman, NQAPIA


Phone: 202-422-4909


Washington, DC: The National Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is pleased to announce a special initiative with members of the  National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) in recognition of June as LGBT Pride Month. Over the course of the month, NQAPIA and ten NCAPA member organizations will release statements that reaffirm support for LGBT equality from various Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.

NCAPA is a coalition of thirty-one national AAPI organizations around the country. Based in Washington, DC, NCAPA serves to represent the interests of the greater AAPI communities and to provide a national voice for AAPI issues.

NCAPA as a coalition released a Statement on LGBT Equality and Justice in recognition of National Coming Out Day last October. This effort in June provides NCAPA member groups to make even more direct statements of solidarity with LGBT communities.

June has been recognized as LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall Riots in June 1969 that sparked the modern LGBT movement. From Presidential proclamations, to local parades and festivals, the month features celebrations across the country.

“NQAPIA is a proud member of NCAPA,” said Ben de Guzman, NQAPIA Co-Director. “These statements that we will be rolling out over the next month in collaboration with our national AAPI advocacy partners will clearly demonstrate the commitment we share to LGBT equality as part of our overall work for social justice.”

The current NCAPA members that are taking part in this initiative include:

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA)

Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)

Center for Asian Pacific American Women (CAPAW)

Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)

National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC)

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)

National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse (NAPAFASA)

National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)

OCA: Asian Pacific American Advocates

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)

NQAPIA and Roe v. Wade

This week marked the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. The Supreme Court decision that made sure access to abortion services legal continues to be a key protection for women to make their own decisions about their health and their families. The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance holds values such as autonomy, access to reproductive services and health care, and empowerment for people of all genders and is proud to stand in solidarity with the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum in the fight for reproductive justice.

Many of the NQAPIA family have joined the NAPAWF #ImInThe78% campaign. We raise our voices, and our smart phones to proclaim our part in the 78% of Asian Americans who support some form of legal abortion.

From NQAPIA Co-Director for Programs Ben de Guzman’s selfie:

Ben Selfie NAPAWF Tumblr

To NQAPIA Board Co-Chair Joy Messinger with the NAPAWF-Chicago sisters:

NAPAWF Chicago Selfie


To the number of NQAPIA friends, homies, and allies:


Go to to see the real pics of ALL our friends taking part in the 78% and what you can do to join!