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The Past Seven Days and What’s Next

The Past Seven Days and What’s Next

Seven days ago, NQAPIA kicked off a whole week of whirlwind activity. A quick overview:

  • Friday 3/21: I joined my NQAPIA Co-Director Glenn Magpantay and SALGA-NYC’s Karen Naimool to provide a training for the We Build Community cohort of South Asian Americans Leading Together. Because Nico Quintana from the DC Trans Coalition also provided training specific to transgender communities, NQAPIA’s “LGB/Q” training gave local South Asian organizations tools and resources to better think about creating space for queer South Asian people in their communities and programs.
  • Saturday 3/22: NQAPIA took a break from one South Asian crew to join another as we hosted local DC partner KhushDC’s Queer Women’s History Month event. Using technology to bring together contingents from Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco, CA, Madison, WI, Chicago, IL, and Toronto, Canada, participants held a national dialogue about increasing membership and involvement by queer women, transgender, and gender non-conforming people. All in all, a memorable weekend with South Asian LGBTQ and allied people building community and justice.
  • Tuesday 3/25: LGBT AAPI leaders from Boston, MA, the Bay Area, CA, and Washington, DC joined the National Council of Asian Pacific American’s (NCAPA) solidarity fast for We Belong Together and the #Fast4Families campaign. My fast took place during the Alliance for Citizenship’s Campaign Summit where I built up more hunger for immigration reform and justice for families torn apart by deportation. The following day, the NCAPA issued a statement about the House Democrat’s “discharge petition,” and our ongoing work to fight for immigrant families.

The action doesn’t stop here. In the next week, we’ve got even more action happening:

  • Saturday 3/28: NQAPIA’s 2014 Community Catalyst Awards will honor Q-WAVE on their 10th anniversary, as well as activists Namita Chad and Andy Marra. It’s going to be a full house in TriBeCa, and we’re looking forward to bringing the New York City area community together!
  • Friday 4/4: NQAPIA will launch its 2014 Regional Summits with events in Atlanta, GA (4/4-6) and Portland, OR (4/11-4/13). We’re looking forward to joining our local partners in the South and Pacific Northwest to build skills, build community, and build ACTION!

Keep up with us on our web site and blog, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and we’re sure we’ll be in your neck of the woods soon!

In partnership,

Ben de Guzman, NQAPIA Co-Director for Programs

Marching with a Sense of History

The first week of March represents a transition from February and Black History Month to March as Women’s History Month.  March 8, is recognized as International Women’s Day. If you haven’t seen Google’s video celebrating the day, it’s definitely a keeper. We’re proud that our friend Cecilia Chung and our fancrush Janet Mock are featured there.

This month, we’re celebrating this transition in a couple of particular ways. At the end of the month, our Community Catalyst Award will honor fabulous women and queer activists who have been exemplary leaders in Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) LGBT communities.  Q-WAVE, celebrating their 10 year anniversary, Namita Chad, and Andy Marra will receive all the queer AAPI love we can muster on March 29, and we hope you can join us.

In March, we also enter the final phase of planning for our first Regional Summit, where we will be taking in the rich history of African American civil rights in Atlanta on April 4-6. If you are in the South and want to join us, click here.

They say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. We’re glad you’re roaring with us to start the month off right!

MARCHing forward,

Ben de Guzman