Washington, DC Special Screening of “Documented” and Q&A featuring filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas- June 1, 2014

We are pleased to present a special screening of Jose Antonio Vargas’ film, “Documented” during its opening weekend in the nation’s capital.


Tickets are general admission- we STRONGLY encourage people to buy tickets online in advance here.


For the Sunday June 1 5pm showing, Jose will be on hand for a Q&A panel with leaders of local and national LGBT, Filipino American, and Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations. Further information is below. Please note: you MUST buy a ticket for general admission to see the film as you would normally in order to stay afterwards for the Q&A. The venue is a small, independent theater, so seats will go quickly. We encourage people to come early and stay late!


Information for “Documented” Screening

Sunday, June 1, 5pm
West End Theater
2301 M Street, NW
5:00 PM Showing

Q&A Panel Featuring Local and National Advocates

Jose Antonio Vargas, Filmmaker and founder, Define American 
Mara Keisling, Executive Director, National Center for Transgender Equality
Marita Etcubanez, Former Co-chair, Kaya: Filipino Americans for Progress- DC Chapter
Ben de Guzman, Co-Director for Programs, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance 


National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
National Center for Transgender Equality
Kaya: Filipino Americans for Progress – DC Chapter
Asian Pacific Islander Queers United for Action (AQUA-DC)
Asian Pacific Islander Queer Sisters (APIQS)
KhushDC: South Asian LGBT Organization in Washington, DC


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Grieving For Our Loss and Celebrating the Legacy of Alain Dang

Caption: Alain and other members of the NQAPIA family at the 2011 Community Catalyst Awards (from L-R: Glenn Magpantay, Alain Dang, Ben de Guzman, Sarath Suong, Kohei Ishihara, Sin Yen Ling, Chris Punongbayan)


The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) family suffered a tragic loss on Tuesday, February 5, when Alain Dang passed away. Alain’s leadership and nationally respected network was instrumental in the early conversations that helped bring together the LGBT Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations from around the country for our initial convening in 2005. Indeed, he was part of NQAPIA before there was an NQAPIA.

As an undergraduate at UC Irvine and during his graduate studies at UCLA, Alain cut his political teeth doing organizing as part of the United States Student Association. Moving to New York, he became involved in the queer AAPI scene and joined the Steering Committee of Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York. With GAPIMNY, he joined leaders from AAPI LGBT organizations around the country for a convening at the 2005 Creating Change conference that formed what would become NQAPIA. He joined our first duly constituted Board and served until 2011. He continued to be involved in the community through his leadership in Asian Pacific Islander Equality- Northern California and in local politics when he moved back to Cupertino, CA.

Alain’s commitment to social justice was long-standing, but his legacy to the AAPI LGBT community and our movement is indelible. As part of NQAPIA’s initial Board, he will remain a part of our “origin story” and the work we do bears his thumb print. His other lasting legacy to the community is his body of work during his time at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Along with current NQAPIA Co-Chair Mandy Hu, the two co-authored an initial study of AAPI LGBT people and their experiences with discrimination. With Vaid Fellow Cabrini Vianney, he went on to publish a larger study, which remains one of, if not the benchmark analysis of the AAPI LGBT community and its strengths and challenges. “Living in the Margins: A National Survey of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Asian and Pacific Islander Americans” surveyed almost 900 respondents and was cutting edge in its commitment to capturing the diversity of the community by its distribution in Chinese, Hindi, Korean, and Vietnamese, as well as in English. NQAPIA supported the study by partnering with the Task Force in mobilizing our membership to build the base of respondents. Multilingual regional fact sheets and an executive summary accompanied the report, which put hard numbers to the priorities of the AAPI LGBT community and documented pervasive rates of discrimination and harassment. To this day, the study continues to be the baseline on which our understanding of the community and the work we do in service and advocacy, is based.

NQAPIA’s leadership issued the following statement:

“Alain is remembered as an example of what an activist should be: smart in his analysis, fierce in his convictions, gentle in spirit, and fun and sassy while dancing in the movement. He will be forever a part of NQAPIA’s DNA through his work and his service. The AAPI LGBT community will continue to benefit from his life and work, and we are all the better for knowing him. We send our love and condolences to his family, and recommit ourselves to the values we shared and worked for together with him.”

– Joy Messinger, NQAPIA Board Co-Chair, Mandy Hu, NQAPIA Board Co-Chair, Glenn Magpantay, NQAPIA Co-Director for Development and Ben de Guzman, NQAPIA Co-Director for Programs




Caption: (from L-R) Alain Dang, Ben de Guzman, and Doreena Wong at the 2007 Launch of “Living in the Margins”


Caption: Alain Dang at the 2008 NQAPIA Leadership Training and Issue Briefing


LGBT Advocacy Groups Stand With Civil Rights Counterparts in Disappointment at Supreme Court Ruling on Voting Rights

NQAPIA joined this statement put forward by national LGBT advocacy organizations today in response to the Supreme Court decision in the Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder.  We had joined the amicus brief submitted by Asian American organizations in support of Voting Rights and join our partners in the civil rights and LGBT movements expressing our disappointment in today’s ruling.


For Immediate Release 06/25/13

LGBT Advocacy Groups Stand With Civil Rights Counterparts in Disappointment at Supreme Court Ruling on Voting Rights

Washington, DC – Today, the Supreme Court struck down a central part of the Voting Rights Act, invalidating crucial protections passed by Congress in 1965 and renewed four times in the decades since. The sharply divided decision will significantly reduce the federal government’s role in overseeing voting laws in areas with a history of discrimination against African-Americans.

We, America’s leading LGBT advocacy organizations, join civil rights organizations – and indeed, all Americans whom this law has served to protect – in expressing acute dismay at today’s ruling. Not only had Congress repeatedly reaffirmed the need for this bedrock civil rights protection, but authoritative voices from across America had filed amicus briefs urging the court not to undermine the law: the NAACP; the American Bar Association; the Navajo Nation; the states of New York, California, Mississippi and North Carolina; numerous former Justice Department officials charged with protecting voting rights; dozens of U.S. senators and representatives; and many others.

These varied and powerful voices attest to the self-evident reality that racial protections are still needed in voting in this country. As recently as last year’s elections, political partisans resorted to voter suppression laws and tactics aimed at reducing the votes of people of color.

Voting rights protections, which have long served our nation’s commitment to equality and justice, should not be cast aside now. The court has done America a grave disservice, and we will work with our coalition partners to undo the damage inflicted by this retrogressive ruling.


Center for Black Equity

CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers

The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals

Equality Federation

Family Equality Council

Freedom to Marry

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders

Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC)


Human Rights Campaign

Immigration Equality Action Fund

Lambda Legal

National Black Justice Coalition

National Center for Lesbian Rights

National Center for Transgender Equality

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates

PFLAG – Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians and Gays Pride at Work, AFL-CIO

The Trevor Project




Are you going to Creating Change?



NQAPIA is excited about heading South for the 25th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change.  This not-to-be-missed event will be held at the Hilton Atlanta on January 23-27.

We will be working with our friends, including API Equality- Northern California and API Equality- Los Angeles on exciting programming to uplift and support the voices of LGBTQ Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders at what is (in our mind) the largest gathering of queer social justice activists in the country.

Check out the description of our AAPI Institute that will be held on January 24 here.

Are you going?  Tell us your Asian American Creating Change story in the comments section below.  Or hit us up on our Facebook page and share it there!  If you’re interested in helping out, e-mail us at and let us know.


Creating Change Together,

Ben de Guzman, NQAPIA Co-Director for Programs

Glenn Magpantay, NQAPIA Co-Director for Development

Alison Lin, NQAPIA Co-Chair