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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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

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

LGBT Asian American/South Asian Lawyers Cocktail Reception – DC and NY

This networking reception recognizes the diversity within the LGBT and APA/API communities and also provides support to LGBT attorneys in corporate, commercial, government, and public interest practice. The receptions are free however any proceeds support student scholarships for the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance conference in Washington, DC in July 2012.

Keynote Address by Justice Sabrina McKenna of the Hawaii Supreme Court
Justice McKenna will speak at both events.

NY – Date & Time
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
6:00 – 8:00PM
Click to RSVP for NYC event

NY – Address | Hosted by Kaye Scholer LLP
425 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022-3598

DC – Date & Time
Thursday, July 19, 2012
6:00 – 8:00PM
Click to RSVP for DC event

DC – Address | Hosted by Hogan Lovells LLP
555 Thirteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Co-Sponsored by
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
Asian American Bar Association of NY
Asian Pacific American Bar Assoc. of Greater Washington, DC
LeGaL – The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York
South Asian Bar Association of New York
South Asian Bar Association – DC