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Media Release: Announcing Family Acceptance Campaign & Workshop Tour

MEDIA RELEASE
For More Information, Contact: Jay Blotcher, 845-612-9837, jay@publicimpactpr.com or Alan Klein, 917-720-4017, alan@publicimpactpr.com

Asian Parents Throw a Lifeline to their LGBTQ Children in Powerful, New Asian Family Acceptance Campaign

NQAPIA announces first-ever LGBTQ-positive ads to air on major Asian television networks, backed by multi-city Asian Family Acceptance workshop tour


A news conference will be held on Tuesday, May 17 in NYC followed
by a VIP Reception. Watch the events live-streaming via Meerkat
on Twitter at 5:30 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time.


NEW YORK CITY — Following on the heels of Friday’s historic decision by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education that Title IX of the Civil Rights Act protects transgender students from discrimination in educational settings, NQAPIA will announce a groundbreaking family acceptance campaign designed to bridge the cultural divide that prevents Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (API) children from coming out to their parents. In contrast to the western dynamic, API parents are now opening the closet door for their children.

NQAPIA’s new Asian Family Acceptance Campaign includes a landmark series of emotionally-moving television ads, entitled “Family Is Still Family,” plus a series of in-person workshops around the country, presented by API parents of LGBTQ children. The ads will run for the first time on major international Asian television networks in the U.S. during June for LGBT Pride Month.

A special news conference will unveil these powerful television ads and introduce API and LGBTQ parents and children who will share their stories of heartbreak and triumph. The news conference will take place on Tuesday, May 17 in New York City.

Watch the press conference via Meerkat on Twitter live-streaming at 5:30ET/2:30PT p.m. and again at 6:30ET/3:30PT p.m. The earlier broadcast will be a shortened, 30-minute press conference. The later broadcast will be a longer, 60-minute program where parents and young people will tell their full stories of love, acceptance, and struggle.

Credentialed reporters can listen-in on the press conference by dialing into a conference line: Dial-in number: 1-866-214-4423. Participant code: 9572933#. This line is reserved only for representatives of the news media. Download the NQAPIA Family Is Still Family Media Kit here.

API LGBT youth face unique obstacles to coming out, including the fear of shaming and dishonoring their parents and ancestors. These cultural obstacles often lead to self-loathing, depression, and suicide. NQAPIA’s revolutionary multilingual “Family Is Still Family” advertising campaign removes the specter of shame, silence, and guilt by having parents open the closet door for their kids, offering unconditional love and acceptance. These life-affirming messages are presented in English, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese dialects), Hindi, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Lao, and Tagalog.

Multilingual PSAs
“For generations, a culture of shame and misinformation has kept Asian American youth in the closet,” said Glenn Magpantay, Executive Director of NQAPIA. “Our new Asian Family Acceptance Campaign will break this cycle of shame and suicide by helping API parents, many who are immigrants and bilingual, to open the door to unconditional love and acceptance for their LGBT children.”

The “Family Is Still Family” TV ad campaign will run in June (LGBT Pride Month). The ads are scheduled to air on:

  • SinoVision (Chinese) June 1 to June 7
  • Television Korea 24 (TVK) June 8 to June 14
  • StarTV (South Asian) June 15 to June 21
  • Mnet (Music channel based in South Korean) – ongoing from now to end of June

A different ethnic ad in each language will run each week during June. More placements are still being secured and will be announced shortly

The following API parents and children will share their stories at the May 17 news conference:

  • Joanne Lee: Mother of Skylar, a trans teen in Wisconsin who committed suicide because he felt he lacked family support
  • Pastor Danilo Cortez: A Southern Baptist minister from Los Angeles who works to change anti-LGBT church policy; father of a gay son
  • Marsha Aizumi: Mother of trans son from Pasadena
  • Kham Moua: Gay man and survivor of conversion therapy ordered by his parents
  • Tevin Ith: Out-of-closet college student and member of PrYSM, a queer Southeast Asian and youth of color organization

Chinese PSA
Supporting the PSA campaign is an innovative twelve-city tour of Asian Family Acceptance Workshops, beginning in May, led by parents who appear in the NQAPIA ad campaign. The workshops will offer culturally appropriate peer-support and practical steps to empower API parents to support their LGBTQ children in the coming-out process. Host cities will include Washington, DC; New York City; Chicago; Philadelphia; Atlanta; New Orleans, Seattle; Boston; and San Diego, among others.


NQAPIA thanks the generous support of the Arcus Foundation, David Bohnett Foundation, API Dream Team Giving Circle, CJ Huang Foundation, Asian Pride Project, PFLAG, GSA Network, Advocates for Youth, and Media Sponsor Comcast/NBC Universal.

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Family Acceptance Workshops

Parent Speakers Bureau Training Group Photo

Love Opens the Closet Door

In the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community, coming out is difficult. LGBTQ children feel their honesty about sexual orientation will shame or dishonor parents, but staying in the closet takes a greater toll, causing isolation, depression, and even suicide.

NQAPIA provides a solution to this dilemma: our Family Acceptance Workshops offer API parents the support and tools they need to open a dialog with their children about coming out.

This is the first step towards closer, more loving relationships—and saving lives.

In a confidential environment, these workshops will be led by the parents who appear in our “Family is Still Family” PSA Campaign. They have personally experienced the confusion and fear of learning they have LGBT kids, but they pushed through the crisis, offering love, support, and acceptance. They will help you begin the crucial conversation with your own children.

Throughout May for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and June for LGBT Pride Month, our parents will travel across the country to share their stories that help us to remember that Family is Still Family, Love is Still Love.

RSVP

Join us at any of our workshops by RSVP’ing here: bit.ly/rsvpfamilyacceptance.

Support

All of our workshops are FREE to attend, but if you would like to support our family acceptance work, you can donate at bit.ly/supportfamilyacceptance.

Family Acceptance Workshops 2016 Calendar

RSVP here: bit.ly/rsvpfamilyacceptance.

Sponsors

NQAPIA thanks the generous support of the Arcus Foundation, David Bohnett Foundation, API Dream Team Giving Circle, CJ Huang Foundation, Asian Pride Project, PFLAG, GSA Network, Advocates for Youth, and Media Sponsor Comcast/NBC Universal.

Workshop Schedule – 2015 NQAPIA National Conference

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Session Evaluations

Misplaced your program book? Suddenly lost all your papers? Volunteers should have extra evaluations in each session room, but you can also be green by filling out an electronic evaluation.

Conference Grid

Find an UPDATED copy of the conference grid on the Schedule Page.

Conference Program Booklet

View a virtual copy of the program booklet (requires Flash plugin).

SESSION TYPES

  • Standard Workshop: Basic (1 hr. 15 min.) sessions for general discussion or presentations
  • 3-hour Workshop: Longer (3 hr.) sessions to learn and apply new skills or provide a more thorough treatment of a topic
  • Open Networking Caucus: Facilitated discussions of particular themes to organize around and are welcoming to all to participate
  • Closed Affinity Caucus: Discussions for specific identities (e.g., Southeast Asian, transgender/gender non-conforming, polyamorous, youth) designated as “safe spaces” that are limited to only those who so affiliate
  • Arts/Cultural Program: Performances (7-15 min.) during the Saturday Arts/Cultural night. Daylong standing exhibits are also possible for display.
  • Pre-Conference Convenings: Strategic daylong (8 hr.) meetings on Thursday.

 

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NQAPIA 2015 Conference

NQAPIA 2015 Conference

Thriving Together: Queer APIs Building Community, Solidarity & Movement

August 6-9, 2015

 

Every three years, we come together  to network, organize, agitate, educate and build at the nation’s largest gathering of LGBT AAPI communities. This year we’re excited to be in Chicago with Invisible to Invincible (i2i) and Trikone-Chicago in the spirit of Thriving Together: Queer APIs Building Community, Solidarity & Movement.

You are invited to submit a proposal!

To thrive as a movement we must strive to discuss what it is to be in community and work towards solidarity. Thriving Together: Queer APIs Building Community, Solidarity & Movement is a chance for us to convene the bright minds, hearts, voices and talents that make up our community—YOU! It’s chance for NQAPIA members and partners to learn concrete skills from one another and to help our organizations thrive.

Join us August 6-9 in Chicago! Share as leaders of LGBT AAPI organizations, artists, social justice lovers, and those who just want to help build our queer APIA community.

NQAPIA National Conference

Submit a proposal!

Thriving Together: Queer APIs Building Community, Solidarity & Movement

Proposals are due February 23rd, 2015.

We are looking for ideas on workshops, trainings, arts and cultural performances, caucuses, and pre-conference convenings. SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL HERE!

For questions please email glenn_magpantay@nqapia.org.

Official NQAPIA 2015 RFP

 

NQAPIA Southern Regional Summit: Request for Proposals

Photo Caption:  NQAPIA in the South for the June 2010 Atlanta LGBT Immigration Forum 

We are excited to move forward with our NQAPIA Regional Summit in Atlanta!  Please see the Request for Workshop Proposals below.  Please note that this Summit has limited space and will prioritize individuals working with LGBT AAPI communities in the South.

Deadline to submit proposals is January 10, 2014.  Proposals can be e-mailed to florencye@gmail.com per the instructions below.

For more information, e-mail femmetron@gmail.com or glenn_magpantay@nqapia.org.

Request for Workshop Proposals for

NQAPIA Southern Regional Summit of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender

Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders

April 4 to 6, 2014

Atlanta, GA

 

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is collaborating with local leaders in the South for a Southern Regional Summit of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in Atlanta the weekend of April 4 to 6, 2014.

NQAPIA is a federation of LGBT AAPI organizations.  NQAPIA seeks to build local capacity, invigorate grassroots organizing, develop leadership, and challenge homophobia, racism, and anti-immigrant bias.  The Regional Summit is a conference that aims to bring together 50 LGBT AAPI activists from across the South to network, organize, agitate, educate, and build capacity of the nation’s LGBT AAPI community.  (See the Conference Concept Paper for more details.)

This request for proposals is for possible workshops at the Southern Regional Summit.  A planning committee will decide the array of topics.  We hope for a wide array of topics on politics, organizing, community building efforts, arts and culture, health and wellness, organizational development trainings, fundraising and leadership development, advocacy topics such as state/local non-discrimination laws and immigrants’ rights, and others.  Caucuses will provide attendees with opportunities to network with others in their local areas or affinities.  On Sunday, a strategic General Membership Meeting will discuss next steps and review organizational business, as well as time to give feedback and evaluate the conference.  Social activities are also being planned.

No travel support or honorariums will be provided for workshop presenters.  However, we are pleased to offer registration fee waivers for all presenters.

For More Information, Contact:

Asha Leong at femmetron@gmail.com or 404-668-2742 or

Glenn D. Magpantay at glenn_magpantay@nqapia.org or 917-439-3158.

 

Submit proposals to Florence Tang, florencye@gmail.com by January 10, 2014.

 

 

 

Request for Workshop Proposals at NQAPIA Southern Regional Summit of

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender

Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders

April 4 to 6, 2014

Atlanta, GA

Contact Name

Organizational Affiliation (if any)

Mailing Address  

Phone

Email

 

SESSION TYPE:

¨ Workshop.

¨ Open Caucus – for networking time to strategize (anyone can participate)

¨ Safe Caucus – for specific communities (e.g. ethnicity, gender/ gender-ID etc.) that are limited only to participants with that affinity.

 

TITLE: Please provide a short title for the session that will be included in conference materials.

DESCRIPTION: Please provide a brief (50-75 words) description of the session to be printed.

PRESENTER INFOPlease provide contact information (name, affiliation, phone, email, and demographics) for proposed presenters.  We encourage presenters to be balanced in terms of gender, gender-identity, ethnicity, age, etc.

 

Presenter #1

Name

Email

Organization

Phone

Address

City/State/Zip

Identity/ies (for diversity)

 

Presenter #2

Name

Email

Organization

Phone

Address

City/State/Zip

Identity/ies (for diversity)

 

Presenter #3

Name

Email

Organization

Phone

Address

City/State/Zip

Identity/ies (for diversity)

 

 

ABSTRACT:  Please provide a more detailed abstract (150-200 words) on the session, describing the importance of this workshop/caucus, needs to be addressed, or goals.  Abstracts will not be included in conference materials, but will help the Planning Committee evaluate proposals.

 

 

IMPORTANT DATES

January 10 – Workshop Proposals Due

February 1 – Notification of accepted workshops

March 1 – Finalization of workshops and conference schedule developed

April 4 to 6 – Conference

 

Thank you!

Please submit this form by January 10, 2014 to Florence Tang, florencye@gmail.com

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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National Conference Save the Date!!!

SAVE THE DATE and Request for Proposals!

Join us JULY 19-22 in Washington, DC!!

Presence Power Progress

A National Conference of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders to network, organize, agitate, educate, and build capacity of the nation’s LGBT AAPI community.

 

July 19-22, 2012

Washington, DC

 

Crystal Gateway Marriott

1700 Jefferson Davis Highway

Arlington, VA 22202

 

Highlights

Desi/ South Asian Programming

Women’s/ Feminist Programming

Parents Convening

Youth Gathering

Trans Programming

Workshops and Nationally Renowned Speakers and Keynotes

Cultural performances

NQAPIA Community Catalyst Awards Banquet

National Strategy Meeting of LGBT AAPIs

 

Request for Proposals

Propose a session for the conference and help build this important space!

The form is here.

 

For more information contact:

nqapia@gmail.com

NQAPIA
P.O. Box 65238
Washington, DC 20035

 

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance is a federation of LGBTQ Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander organizations.  NQAPIA seeks to build the capacity of local LGBT AAPI organizations, invigorate grassroots organizing, develop leadership, and challenge homophobia, racism, and anti-immigrant bias.