SCHEDULE + WORKSHOPS

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AGENDA OVERVIEW

Thursday Sessions

Friday Sessions

  • 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Opening Plenary: Tracing Our Steps:  An Inter-Generational Dialogue (breakfast provided)
  • 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. – Workshops Session 1 (8 concurrent sessions)
  • 12N to 1:30 p.m. – Lunch on your own
  • 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. – Workshops Session 2 (8 concurrent sessions)
  • 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. – Workshops Session 3 (8 concurrent sessions)
  • 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. – Workshops Session 4 (8 concurrent caucuses)
  • 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Dinner on your own
  • 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – Community and Cultural Performance

Saturday Sessions

  • 9:00  a.m.to 10:30 a.m. – Plenary: The State of Our Movement/s (breakfast provided)
  • 10:45 a.m. to 12N – Workshops Session 5 (8 concurrent sessions)
  • 12Nto 1:30 p.m. – Lunch on your own
  • 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. – Workshops Session 6 (8 concurrent sessions)
  • 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. – Workshops Session 7 (8 concurrent sessions)
  • 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. – Workshops Session 8 (8 concurrent sessions)
  • 6:00 p.m. to Midnight – Gala Dinner Dance and Community Catalyst Awards

Sunday Sessions

  • 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. – Workshops Session 9 (8 concurrent sessions)
  • 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Brunch Plenary and NQAPIA Annual Meeting (brunch provided)

CONFERENCE SESSIONS

Thursday, July 19, 2012

3:00-5:30pm -White House Briefing for AAPI LGBT Leaders and Organizations

The White House Office of Public Engagement and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is holding a special briefing for AAPI LGBT leaders and organizations.  Representatives from federal agencies, the Obama Administration, and AAPI LGBT organizations will talk about the issues of concern in our community and interact with our communities.

6:00 to 9:00 pm – Welcoming Reception
Keynote Address by Hawaii Supreme Court Justice Sabrina Shizue McKenna
Welcome by Vega  Vega Subramaniam, Local Planning Committee and Phill Ozaki, Co-Chairs of the NQAPIA Board of Directors

Offsite
Hosted by the Law Firm of Hogan & Lovells LLP
555 Thirteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

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 event starts at 6:00pm at Hogan Lovells, LLP at 555 Thirteenth Street, NW and will feature a keynote address by Justice Sabrina McKenna of the Hawai’i Supreme Court. To RSVP, click here.

Friday, July 20, 2012

9:00 to 10:30 am – Opening Breakfast Plenary

Tracing Our Steps:  An Inter-Generational Dialogue
This discussion will bring together a diverse cross section of our communities to talk about where we’ve come from and where we’re going.  LGBTQ AAPI activists who have been involved in grassroots organizations, to the arts, to public service with the White House will share their stories of how we have affected different social movements and how they have affected us.
Moderator: Jose Antonio Vargas, Activist and Founder, Define American
Panelists:

  • Ignatius Bau, Health Policy Consultant
  • Rev. Trinity Ordona, PhD, teacher, healer, organizer
  • Deen, Artist and Activist
  • Eileen Ma, Executive Director, API Equality-LA

Marriot Salon 3, 1st floor

10:45 to 12:00 pm – Workshop Session 1

Queer Asian Compass and Missed Opportunities: Capacity and Funding for LGBTQ Asian American, South Asian, and Pacific Islander Organizations
Across the nation, many Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander (AAPI) LGBTQ organizations have formed but they have limited resources and capacity.  This presentation will assess the state of the infrastructure of the LGBTQ AAPI community.  It will highlight some of the nation’s leading LGBTQ AAPI organizations, showcase local campaigns, and provide comparative information about the infrastructure, capacity, memberships, finances and challenges of LGBTQ AAPI groups.  It will also look at the challenges in raising money, particularly the lack of foundation funding directed to organizations serving LGBTQ AAPI communities, and explore innovative strategies to address the lack of resources.
Presenters:

  • Glenn D. Magpantay, Co-Director for Development, NQAPIA
  • Alice Y. Hom, Queer Justice Fund Director, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy,

Salon 5, 1st floor

“We’re Here!  We’re Queer!  We’re in Office!” Political Leadership and AAPI LGBT Communities
A session on the challenges and rewards of public service in the political arena for AAPI LGBTQ people.  Topics such as building the pipeline of AAPI LGBT political leadership and how AAPI LGBTQ communities are engaging the political process will be discussed.
Presenters:

  • Samir Luther, Director of Leadership Initiatives and the Presidential Appointments Project, Victory Institute
  • Gloria Chan, President and CEO, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)

Rosslyn I, Lobby Level

Protect Your Rights! Legal Issues for Low-Income Families and Immigrants
Do you know what to do to protect your family’s rights? How will getting married or registered or having children affect your immigration status? Learn about steps you can take to ensure that you and your partner have the right to visit each other in the hospital, to protect your parental rights, and to make sure that your children are eligible for government benefits, and how these protections interact with immigration law.  This presentation is for low-income families, immigrants with partners and/or children, and anyone who works with families.
Presenter:

  • Ming Wong, Law Clerk, National Center for Lesbian Rights and Board Member, San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.

McLean, 2nd floor

Young, “Out” and Proud?  Developing and Maintaining LGBT Asian American/South Asian Youth and Young Adult Groups
What are the best strategies to develop and maintain community spaces for and by queer AAPI youth/young adults? What are the common challenges in building these spaces?  And how do we use these spaces to achieve visibility and create movements for change?  Hear from and share with queer API youth/young adult community builders across the country on how we can build safe spaces for community, empowerment, and action for and by youth/young adults.  Young people and folks invested in building youth organizations are welcome.

Presenters:

  • Dennis Chin, Steering Committee Member, Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY)
  • Suma Reddy, Coordinator, South Asian Lesbian & Gay Association (SALGA)
  • Kevin Lam, seaQuel Director, Providence Youth and Student Movement (PrYSM)

Salon 6, 1st floor

Policing the Police and Ending Government Misconduct: A Discussion of Our Community Needs and Strategies
Lambda Legal has designated Government Misconduct as a new priority area because there often is no one else who will police the police when LGBT and HIV-positive people are the victims. We are beginning to undertake a national community needs assessment around these issues and would like to convene individuals and representatives from organizations who are working on these issues to join us in a discussion to clarify what the problems are, and more importantly, to help strategize about specific ways Lambda Legal and other organizations can use our expertise and resources to address the problems.
Presenter:

  • Holiday Simmons, National Community Educator, Lambda Legal

Rosslyn II, Lobby Level

Immigrants’ Rights for LGBT AAPIs: Defining the Agenda
LGBTQ AAPIs must be engaged in the campaign for immigration reform but what is the Queer Asian agenda for immigrants’ rights?  This workshop will survey the most pressing issues facing LGBT AAPIs including obtaining work, family, and student visas, detention and deportations, asylum, petitioning for sponsorship and citizenship for same-sex couples, allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain a higher education, human trafficking, worker protections, the HIV travel ban, and legalization.  Presenters will provide a queer analysis to mainstream immigration issues, as well as a race analysis to LGBT immigrant rights proposals.  Participants will brainstorm efforts for an action campaign on immigrants’ rights.
Presenters:

  • Connie Utada, State Legislative Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • Erin Oshiro, Staff Attorney, Asian American Justice Center, member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice
  • Pabitra Benjamin, Field Director, Rights Working Group
  • Erwin de Leon, Research Associate, Urban Institute and Columnist, Feet in 2 Worlds

Jefferson, Lobby Level

Digital Storytelling:  Crafting Powerful and Moving Stories
Storytelling can be a powerful way to engage the community in social issues. In 2012, the Banyan Tree Project, a national A&PI HIV anti-stigma campaign, will be premiering its “Digital Stories” series on HIV through the lens of the personal journeys of A&PI community members.  The project will be premiering these stories online in conjunction with National A&PI HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on May 19th. Participants in this workshop will be shown some of these stories, how to craft a powerful story, and different ways to create these stories and how they can become more involved.
Presenter:

  • David Stuppelbeen, API Wellness Center

Madison, Lobby Level

Dancing Towards Justice
This workshop aims to bridge advocacy and arts in reinventing how we protest, build public interest and support, recruit volunteers, and build community.  We will be sharing out the lessons learned from our own flash mob, providing tools and knowledge, and discussing next steps for you and/or your organization.
Presenters:

  • Vanessa Coe, Lead Organizer, API Equality – Northern California and NQAPIA Board Member
  • Additional Presenters from API Equality – Northern California to be announced.

Mt. Vernon, 2nd Floor

Bisexual Caucus
Facilitators:

  • Abigail Camacho
  • Sangeeta Swamy, Asian Queers and Allies (AQUA) in North Carolina

Alexandria, 2nd Floor

12:00 to 1:30 pm – Lunch on your own

1:30 to 2:45 pm – Workshop Session 2

Successful Grant Writing Tips
Hear from a funder–what are we looking for in a narrative, a proposal, and a draft budget. This is your opportunity to hear some tips on successful grant writing and to ask questions directly to a funder!
Presenters:

  • Luna Yasui, Program Officer, Open Society Foundation
  • Rebecca Fox, Wellspring Financial Advisors

Salon 5, 1st floor

Building Alliances at the “Pan-Asian” Table (Part 1 of a 2 Part Session)
Engaging race, gender identity, and sexual orientation at the QAPI table: This session will provide an opportunity for participants who identify under the pan-Asian umbrella to engage the importance of coalition and alliance building with each other as a critical component to building the larger QAPI Movement. Expect a highly participatory session that will have you practicing the most important skills for alliance building.
Presenters:

  • Bex Ahuja, Senior Field Organizer, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force & NQAPIA board member
  • Moof Mayeda, Senior Field Organizer, National Gay & Lesbian Task Force

Rosslyn I, Lobby Level

Transcending Borders:  International Issues and AAPI LGBT Communities
An overview of AAPI LGBTQ communities in a global context.  How do our communities transcend the perceived divide between “domestic” and “foreign” issues?
Presenters:

  • Ajit Joshi, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Nick Sakurai, Associate Director, University of Maryland’s LGBT Equity Center

McLean, 2nd floor

Keeping Families Connected . . . One Heart at a Time
A mother of a transgender son and two young people from API Equality-LA talk about their journeys through coming out and/or transitioning.  Bringing a mother’s and LGBT youths’ point of view, concepts will be shared showing their processes from fear and uncertainty to deeper understanding, acceptance and love.  The workshop suggests best practices for addressing coming out and LGBT acceptance in our API families. Participants will walk away with a personalized mini-action plan to foster dialogue in their families. We believe everyone will leave with a deeper understanding on how to develop better communication and connection with their families.
Presenters:

  • Marsha Aizumi, PFLAG National Board Member and author of Two Spirits, One Heart:  A Mother, Her Transgender Son, and Their Journey to Acceptance and Love.
  • Eileen Ma, Executive Director, API Equality- LA

Salon 6, 1st floor

A Part, Yet Apart: LGBT South Asians
South Asians are the second largest Asian American group in most parts of the country.  They are a part of, yet still apart from the larger LGBT and AAPI communities.  Desis live at the intersection of nationalities and ethnicities (Indians, Bangladeshis, Pakistanis, Sri Lankans, Indo-Caribbeans, etc.), immigration and US-born citizens, religion (Christian, Hindu, Muslim), and income.  Though the events after 9/11 created a broad sense of political awareness, for most South Asian progressive organizing reached much further back than then.  In this workshop, representatives from South Asian queer organizations and allies will talk about past and on-going organizing campaigns, share challenges, and reflect on the most pressing issues facing queer South Asians today.
Presenters:

  • Sivagami Subbaraman, Director, LGBTQ Resource Center, Georgetown University
  • Raja Bhattar, Director, LGBT Campus Resource Center at UCLA
  • Rohan Sooklall, co-founder, SANGAM Indo-Caribbean, Queer Voices

Jefferson, Lobby Level

We’re Here, We’re Queer, We’re Asian, Let’s Organize!
This workshop will build the skills and knowledge of participants to use organizing as a strategy for creating change.  Using the work of CAAAV (founded as the Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence) as a case study, we will cover the basics of our organizing model as well introduce techniques and methods to create spaces of empowerment.  We will also discuss the difficulties and particularities of organizing such spaces (i.e. around language, culture, sexuality, immigration status, etc), and the importance of collectively building a movement that embodies the values we believe in.
Presenters:

  • Helena Wong, Executive Director, CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities
  • Jason Chan, Program Director, CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities

Madison, Lobby Level

HIV/ AIDS Town Hall
A special session that gives an overview of AAPI HIV/AIDS programs and organizations: their successes, challenges, and tales from the journey.
Presenters:

  • Ed Tepporn, Vice President, Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)
  • Steve Cha, Health Educator, Asian Pacific Islander AIDS Intervention Team
  • Ben Cabangun, Health Education Program Manager, API Wellness Center

Mt. Vernon, 2nd Floor

Youth Caucus
Facilitators:

  • Dennis Chin
  • Jason Tengco
  • Fayzan Gowani

Rosslyn II, Lobby Level

3:00 to 4:15 pm – Workshop Session 3

LGBT and AAPI Equality in the Workplace
Why are LGBT AAPIs so underrepresented in corporate America, from baseline workers to executive positions? What barriers do AAPI LGBT men and women face in the modern workplace? In a rapidly globalizing era, employers need to recognize the importance of a diverse workforce and a diverse leadership in meeting the challenges that come with a diverse world. Likewise, employees need to organize for workplace protections and opportunities to network. This panel will confront the myriad problems obstructing LGBT AAPI advancement in the modern workplace, from the visible (harassment and hostility) to the subtle (the “bamboo ceiling”), and explore how ambitious LGBT AAPIs can break the barriers to the top. Workers can learn how a company’s Employee Resource Group (ERG) can foster a more inclusive workplace. If you are a business owner, the panel will discuss diversity certification and how it can be used as a powerful tool for your company’s growth.
Presenters:

  • Mark Ng, Wells Fargo
  • Trung Tieu, Project Coordinator, PepsiCo and Co-Chair of PepsiCo’s National LGBTA Steering Committee
  • Mario Acosta-Velez, Director of Mid-Atlantic Region State Government Affairs for Verizon and National President of GLOBE, Verizon’s LGBT employee resource group.
  • Paul Brown, Supplier Diversity Account Manager for National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)

Salon 5, 1st floor

Building Alliances at the “Pan-Asian” Table (Part 2 of a 2 Part Session)
Engaging race, gender identity, and sexual orientation at the QAPI table: This session will provide an opportunity for participants who identify under the pan-Asian umbrella to engage the importance of coalition and alliance building with each other as a critical component to building the larger QAPI Movement. Expect a highly participatory session that will have you practicing the most important skills for alliance building.
Presenters:

  • Bex Ahuja, Senior Field Organizer, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force & NQAPIA board member
  • Moof Mayeda, Senior Field Organizer, National Gay & Lesbian Task Force

Rosslyn I, Lobby Level

Beyond Choice: Reproductive Justice in API Communities
At its core, reproductive justice is a belief that people have the right to make decisions that impact their health and bodies. This session moves beyond choice and parenting to introduce participants to the concept of reproductive justice and will then discuss and share its relevance for API and LGBTQ communities, concluding with ways to take action with the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum.
Presenters:

  • Joy Messinger, NQAPIA Board Member and Chicago Chapter Reproductive Justice Project Coordinator, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum
  • Shivana Horawar, Reproductive Justice Fellow, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum

McLean, 2nd floor

A Census of Our Own: The State of Queer Southeast Asian (QSEA) America
The QSEA Network (PrYSM, SOY, Freedom Inc., KIA) will be releasing their report.  The report is the first report of its kind to document the struggles and experiences of QSEA individuals in the nation.  In this session, we will be highlighting a few issues from the report that affect the QSEA community.  This session will be an opportunity for those interested to get involved with the network, as we plan next steps for what we can do as a network to provide further visibility.  The session is open to everyone who is interested in learning about the QSEA experience.
Presenters:

  • Kevin Lam, seaQuel Program Director, Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM)
  • Julie Tang, seaQuel (Southeast Asian Queers United for Empowerment and Leadership) Youth Coordinator

Salon 6, 1st floor

Leadership Development to Build Community
Becoming an advocate for the community often requires leading by example, but how do you provide the tools to community members to take action? A&PI Wellness Center has developed an innovative program to create new leaders among young A&PIs who want to take a more active role in the community around HIV prevention. Using the “Leadership Academy” model developed by the Center, this hands-on workshop will give participants the tools they need to adapt this program to their local or regional advocacy needs.
Presenter:

  • Ben Cabangun, API Wellness Center

Rosslyn II, Lobby Level

Building a Culture-Specific Resource Hub
The recently formed Satrang Youth group has been undertaking a resource-gathering project that will help those in the future who are tackling the various experiences and emotions of exploring their sexual identity and telling those around them. This presentation will cover the nuances and challenges of creating a culturally and linguistically appropriate resource hub online. We will touch upon how this project came about, and discuss how we are organizing available resources that touch upon being LGBT, Asian American, South Asian, a person of color, etc. Additionally, we will talk about our process of creating and documenting our own community experiences through various mediums. We ultimately hope to leave the audience with an understanding of the need for such a hub and the desire to collaborate or create their own!
Presenters:

  • Ami Patel, Satrang Youth Group and UCLA Asian American Studies MA Student
  • Aakash Kishore, Satrang Youth Group, UCLA Clinical Psych PhD Student, Gender Justice LA Board Member
  • Raja Bhattar, Satrang Youth Group and Director of LGBT Center, UCLA
  • Neha Bhatt, Satrang Youth Group and UCI Undergraduate Student

Jefferson, Lobby Level

Marriage Equality
This workshop brings together the organizations working on marriage equality in AAPI communities.  With the ongoing debates around Prop 8 in California, and referendum battles in states with large and fast growing AAPI populations such as Maryland, New Jersey, Washington, and North Carolina, our communities are being engaged as never before. Marriage equality and how the discussion is playing out in our communities is an important topic at an important time!
Presenters:

  • Alain Dang, demographic researcher, writer, and urban planner, API Equality-Northern California
  • Eileen Ma, Executive Director, API Equality- Los Angeles
  • Che Ruddell Tabisola, Federal Associate, Freedom to Marry

Madison, Lobby Level

How to be an Ally to Gender Nonconforming and Genderqueer People
This session is a workshop on how to be an ally to people who identify as gender nonconforming and gender queer. People who attend this workshop will have a chance to learn how to be a better ally. Participants will also have an opportunity to share their stories and experiences in a space where they can relate to others. We have prepared practical tips, answers to common questions, and a discussion about various terms folks use in addition to gender nonconforming and gender queer. Participants will engage in role-playing to deepen understanding and we will end the workshop with a group discussion about thoughts and reactions.
Presenters:

  • Laurent Widjaya, steering committee member,  hotpot!
  • Van Nguyen, Planning Committee Member, Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference and Day Manager of the Conference’s Children’s Camp

Mt. Vernon, 2nd Floor

Polyamorous / Non-Monogamous Caucus
Facilitator:

  • TBA

Alexandria, 2nd Floor

4:30 to 5:45pm – Session 4:  Ethnic Caucuses

Filipino Caucus
Facilitator:

  • Adrian Songcuan, Barangay-LA

Rosslyn I, Lobby Level

Chinese Caucus
Facilitator:

  • Dennis Chin, Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY)

Salon 5, 1st floor

Korean Caucus
Facilitator:

  • Mark Ro Beyersdorf, Dari Project Coordinator
  • Elena Chang, Asian Pride Project, QWAVE

McLean, 2nd floor

Southeast Asian Caucus
Facilitator:

  • Kevin Lam, seaQuel Director, Providence Youth and Student Movement (PrYSM)

Salon 6, 1st floor

South Asian Caucus
Facilitator:

  • Suma Reddy, Coordinator, South Asian Gay and Lesbian Association (SALGA)

Rosslyn II, Lobby Level

Japanese American Caucus
Facilitator:

  • Kohei Ishihara, former Executive Director, Providence Youth and Student Movement (PrYSM)

Mt. Vernon, 2nd Floor

Additional Caucuses
Facilitators:

  • Self facilitated

NQAPIA sees caucuses as a space where individuals can connect and build community with one another around self-identified ethnic, regional, and affinity based identities, experiences, and issues. We also recognize the limited coverage that the listed caucuses have. We invite all participants to utilize the communications board located at the conference site as a space to call for caucuses that you would like to be a part of that have not been represented. We’ll hold space for these additional caucuses here.
Jefferson and Madison, Lobby Level

5:45 pm – Dinner on your own

8:00 to 10:00 pm – Queer Asian Arts Explosion!

Ignition: Queer Asian American Performance Showcase- Friday, July 20 at the Artisphere

Sulu DC and NQAPIA are joining forces to bring a one-night only queer Asian American Pacific Islander arts explosion!  Come see talent from all over the country as queer Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander activists take the stage.

Hosted by spoken word pioneer Regie Cabico, this showcase features Deen, K. Ulanday Barrett, Suty Komsonkeo, DonMike Mendoza, Moana Love, exHOTic Other, Daniel Phoenix Singh, and more!

Tickets can be purchased here.  Admission is FREE for participants of the NQAPIA Conference.
Artisphere
1101 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA
(Rosslyn Metro Stop)
Meet at the Hotel Lobby at 7:15pm to go as a group.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

9:00 to 10:30 am – Breakfast Plenary
The State of Our Movement/s
NQAPIA is pleased to present leaders of national advocacy organizations and representatives from Capitol Hill and the White House to talk about the “lay of the land” in Washington, DC.  This discussion will provide current information about policy, legislation and social justice movements from key voices representing our communities in our nation’s capital.
Moderator: Alice Y. Hom, Director of the Queer Justice Fund, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy
Panelists:

  • Mara Keisling, Executive Director, National Center for Transgender Equality
  • Lisa Hasegawa, Executive Director, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development
  • Diego Sanchez, Senior Legislative Advisor, Office of U.S. Representative Barney Frank
  • Gautam Raghavan, Associate Director of Public Engagement and LGBT Liaison, The White House Office of Public Engagement

Marriot Salon 3, 1st floor

10:45 am to 12:00 pm – Workshop Session 5

For Such A Time As This: Valuing Families, LGBT Advocacy, and API Churches
This presentation and discussion has two objectives: 1) to network and build a coalition among API LGBT Christians and those interested in LGBTQ advocacy in API churches and faith-based organizations, with a focus on Christian/Catholic traditions, and 2) to share resources for API LGBT advocacy in faith-based organizations and churches, featuring existing curriculum and literature designed and written by emerging queer API scholars and religious leaders.
Presenter:

  • Jess Delegencia, Coordinator, Asian Pacific Islander Roundtable, Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies, Pacific School of Religion

Rosslyn II, Lobby Level

Running the Best [Staff/Volunteer/Board] Meeting EVER
Do you sit in meetings that make you want to… be anywhere but in that meeting? Ever wish that that membership night could be so much more… fun? This session will give the basics on how to facilitate and lead fun, interesting, productive, and inspiring meetings for your organization that will increase participation and leadership!
Presenters:

  • Bex Ahuja, Senior Field Organizer, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
  • Moof Mayeda, Senior Field Organizer, National Gay & Lesbian Task Force

Jackson, Lobby Level

Men on top?: Privilege, Sex, and Gender
An interactive workshop that addresses the difference between sex and gender, and examines how gender is understood as a social system. Through discussion and activities we’ll explore how gender inequality is built into our institutions, and how it is lived out in our daily lives.   Throughout the workshop, participants will discuss gendered language and perceptions, male privilege, intersections of different identities, and their own ideas and experiences of sexism. We’ll also explore the connections between homophobia, sexism, and racism. (Note: This workshop is not meant as a trans 101 although there will be some discussion of gender identity and gender expression)
Presenters:

  • Iimay Ho, Steering Committee Member, Rainbow Dragon Fund
  • Diana Bui, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance

Alexandria, 2nd Floor

AAPI DREAMs: New Stories from Undocumented Activists
Helen Zia’s “Asian American Dreams” has become a mainstay in Asian American/ Pacific Islander academic curricula.  Twelve years after the book was first published, a new generation of undocumented immigrants and activists have created their own stories of struggle and triumph.  In this session, this new generation will talk about their lives and experiences- from the DREAM Act to coming out as both queer and undocumented.
Presenters:

  • Tony Choi, Intern, DREAM Summer
  • Bupendra Ram, Graduate Student, CSU Fullerton
  • Prerna Lal, Co-founder of DreamActivist and Board Member, Immigration Equality

McLean, 2nd floor

Bringing the Beltway Home:  AAPI and LGBT Policy and Legislative Update
Leading advocates from national organizations serving AAPI and LGBT communities will talk about the most current policy and legislation issues moving in Washington, DC.  From hot button issues on Capitol Hill, to high-level discussions with the Administration, to the latest action in the courts, these are the issues that affect our communities and this session will give you the most up to date information and how you can get involved!
Presenters:

  • Stacey Long, Director of Policy and Government Affairs, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (The Task Force)
  • Maya Rupert, Federal Policy Director, National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
  • Lisa Hasegawa, Executive Director, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (CAPACD)
  • Marita Etcubañez, Director of Programs, Asian American Justice Center, a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice

Madison, Lobby Level

Coming Out as Muslim: LGBTQ Muslims Discuss Challenges and Strategies
Presenters will share key issues of concern for LGBTQ Muslims in this discussion-oriented workshop, including some challenges in reconciling gender and sexual expression with religious, faith and cultural backgrounds. As individuals and as a community, LGBTQ Muslims face numerous societal and institutional challenges, including xenophobia, racism, Islamophobia, threats of interpersonal and state violence, and militarism. The workshop will address these issues and conclude with group discussion regarding goals and continuing strategies for progressive change and the specific roles that allies can play to promote progress.
Presenters:

  • Urooj Arshad, queer Muslim collective and Associate Director, Equity and Social Justice, Advocates for Youth
  • Faisal Alam, queer Muslim collective and founder of Al-Fatiha

Rosslyn I, Lobby Level

12N to 1:30 – Lunch on your own

1:30 to 2:45pm – Workshop Session 6

Basics of Obtaining Tax Exempt Status/Nonprofit Incorporation
This program will provide information to help participants determine if becoming a 501(c)(3) tax exempt charity is the best choice for their organization. The presenter will discuss the pros and cons of forming a nonprofit organization, the benefits and responsibilities of being incorporated and tax exempt, the alternatives to filing for tax exemption, and the responsibilities of a nonprofit board.
Presenter:

  • Darryl Maxwell, Managing Attorney, Community Economic Development Project, DC Bar Pro Bono Program

Rosslyn II, Lobby Level

Communication and Conflict: How to Transform Your Organizational Culture
(Part 1 of a 2 Part Session)
Using Conflict to Build Deeper and More Creative Relationships: Why do we avoid conflict? Why is it so hard? How can we learn more about ourselves and each other so conflict can become a creative and interesting space where we experience deeper and more meaningful dialogue? How can we be prepared to support friends and colleagues when they are in conflict? This session will explore individual feelings and approaches to conflict, learn a specific tool for managing interpersonal conflict, and anticipate specific situations where you can apply the tool in your work and as a way to transform your organization – build community, speak your truth, and show up with authenticity!
Presenters:

  • Bex Ahuja, Senior Field Organizer, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
  • Moof Mayeda, Senior Field Organizer, National Gay & Lesbian Task Force

Jackson, Lobby Level

Pride Starts at Home:  Building Support and Visibility for API Families with LGBTQ Children
Coming out is a process.  For many of us in the API community, coming out to our families is a hurdle that seems insurmountable, even for those that have been “out” in public for years.  From our own experiences, we know that API immigrant families often do not have the tools to understand queerness and end up alienating or even rejecting their LGBTQ children; and for those families who have embraced their LGBTQ children, they often face discrimination and isolation from the API community.  Collectively led by many concerned & passionate LGBT community members and activists who believe in our strength for social change, The Asian Pride Project (APP) aims to build supportive communities and brings individuals and families together for support, community & multilingual accessibility using multimedia outlets such as videos, audio, art and writing.  The APP is currently a joint project by NYC QAPI organizations (Q-WAVE, GAPIMNY & SALGA) and it is seeking to expand our partnership with other QAPI organizations and allies nationwide.  This is a workshop where we will share our strategies for fostering greater visibility and community support for API families with LGBTQ children.  We will also discuss the importance of strategic alliances in our development of the Asian Pride Project, explore ways that individuals and organizations can work with the Project, and demonstrate the online tools that all of us can use to provide resources for families with LGBTQ children.
Presenters:

  • Aries M. Liao, co-founder and steering committee member, Q-WAVE and the Asian Pride Project
  • Elena Chang, Steering Committee, Asian Pride Project, Q-WAVE, and the Dari Project
  • Dennis Chin, Steering Committee, Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY)
  • Suma Reddy, Coordinator, South Asian Gay and Lesbian Association (SALGA)

Alexandria, 2nd Floor

Combating Harassment, Bullying, and Violence in LGBT AAPI Communities
During this panel, speakers will discuss how to combat school bullying, bias-based harassment, hate violence, and other forms of violence facing LGBTQ AAPIs through education and outreach, organizing, awareness, and advocacy campaigns, and the legal system.  Topics will include: Overview of hate violence against LGBTQ people in the United States, AAPI data disparities and model tools for Queer AAPI organizations to implement anti-violence organizing and awareness campaigns in their own communities.
Presenters:

  • Mark Ro Beyersdorf, Program Associate, Educational Equity and Youth Rights Project, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)
  • Hassan Naveed, Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV)
  • Chai Jindasurat, The Anti-Violence Project (AVP)
  • Becky Monroe, Acting Director, US Department of Justice/Community Relations Service

McLean, 2nd floor

All Children Matter: LGBT Families of Color
All Children Matter: How Legal and Social Inequalities Hurt LGBT Families (jointly released by the Movement Advancement Project, Family Equality Council, and the Center for American Progress) starkly outlines the disparate impact of state and federal laws on LGBT families.  LGBT families of color are raising children at much higher rates than their white peers, but are more likely to be living in poverty.  This panel will outline the findings of the report and explore how the recommendations can be leveraged to support LGBT families of color. Specifically, Forward Together (formerly Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice) will highlight their work including the Strong Families ten-year campaign to change the way people think, feel, and act in support of families. Come share your experiences working with LGBT families or as a member of an LGBT family.  Join Forward Together, Family Equality Council, and the Movement Advancement Project as we build strategies and resources for our most vulnerable families.
Presenters:

  • Heron Greenesmith, Legislative Counsel, Family Equality Council
  • Dana Ginn Paredes, Training Director, Strong Families Initiative, Forward Together
  • Naomi Goldberg, LGBT Movement and Policy Researcher, Movement Advancement Project

Madison, Lobby Level

Desi Queer National Helpline Operator Training Workshop
In late 2011, South Asian LGBTQ groups and individuals around the USA came together to organize the first National Helpline for sexual minorities and people of all gender identities, who trace their heritage to South Asia or who identify as South Asian. With a goal to reach out to South Asian queer individuals in all parts of the nation and world, the National Helpline runs 7 days a week and a few hours a day, and is operated with support from SALGA, Trikone, Satrang, AQUA-NC, Khush and other dedicated South Asian queer groups and individuals. But the more the merrier! We need YOUR support! This workshop calls on interested South Asian queer individuals and groups to join us in workshop to become trained in serving as an operator for the hotline. This abridged training will cover such topics as how to be an effective and sensitive call-operator through strategies such as active listening, setting boundaries and attention to diversity.
Presenters:

  • Aneesa Sen, Coordinator, South Asian Lesbian & Gay Association (SALGA)
  • Sangeeta Swamy, Asian Queers and Allies (AQUA) in North Carolina
  • Suma Reddy, Steering Committee Member, SALGA
  • Vivek Ananad, Trikone

Rosslyn I, Lobby Level

Building Resources for Our Movements
We are in a pivotal movement moment as fundraisers, organizers, and capacity builders. What will it take for us to better address the challenges and conditions we’re up against in order to build and cultivate the necessary resources (not just dollars) to sustain our movements? Join us for an interactive and participatory discussion toward imagining new models for sustaining not only ourselves but also our work.
Presenter:

  • Ryan Li Dahlstrom, Training and Network Coordinator, Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT)

Jefferson, Lobby Level

Men’s Caucus: The Politics of Rice
Sticky vs. Potato? Rice queen vs. Rice and beans queen? What do our sexual and romantic choices mean for our community? How do politics affect our dating? This caucus will explore the politics of sex, love, and identity to build a better understanding of our identity as LGBTQ AAPI men.  This caucus is open to self-identified AAPI men (cis and/or trans).
Facilitators:

  • Larry Tantay, YMSM Coordinator, API Coalition on HIV/AIDS (APICHA)
  • Lance Dwyer, MSW, NQAPIA Board of Directors

Mt. Vernon, 2nd Floor

3:00 to 4:15 pm – Workshop Session 7

Queer and Leading: Advocacy Through Organizational Leadership in Non-Queer Space
While leadership is critical to advancing API LGBT agenda, we also need to lead in the non- APA queer space to win allies and to position ourselves in strategic places to empower individuals and the community.  The intersections of identities provide the construct for a fish bowl discussion based on the experiences of API LGBTQ leaders who lead in non-API LGBT organizations.  Special leadership topics include use of multi-cultural emotional intelligence, strategies to leverage on the uniqueness of the executive and the path to leading from such a position. Intended as individual reflection and community exploration of what it means to be out and leading a must attend non-traditional panel for established and emerging leaders.  Attendees are welcome to join the fish bowl through facilitated discussions.
Presenters:

  • Tom L. Hayashi, Executive Director, OCA National Center
  • Michael Byun, Executive Director, Asian Services in Action Inc.
  • Hector Vargas, Executive Director, Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
  • Miriam W. Yeung, Executive Director, the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)

Rosslyn II, Lobby Level

Communication and Conflict: How to Transform Your Organizational Culture
(Part 2 of a 2 Part Session)
Using Conflict to Build Deeper and More Creative Relationships: Why do we avoid conflict? Why is it so hard? How can we learn more about ourselves and each other so conflict can become a creative and interesting space where we experience deeper and more meaningful dialogue? How can we be prepared to support friends and colleagues when they are in conflict? This session will explore individual feelings and approaches to conflict, learn a specific tool for managing inter-personal conflict, and anticipate specific situations where you can apply the tool in your work and as a way to transform your organization – build community, speak your truth, and show up with authenticity!
Presenters:

  • Bex Ahuja, Senior Field Organizer, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
  • Moof Mayeda, Senior Field Organizer, National Gay & Lesbian Task Force

Jackson, Lobby Level

What Does Class Have to Do With It? A Conversation for LGBTQ AAPIs on Class, Economic Justice and Giving
We have all noticed the defining slogan of the Occupy Movement, “We are the 99%.”  Finally, people are talking about socioeconomic class.  In the United States, one percent of the population owns over sixty percent of the wealth, and this wealth gap is deepening.  Why should LGBTQ AAPIs care about class?  Historically, AAPIs and other communities of color have faced structural racism as a barrier to asset accumulation, which has contributed to the current racial wealth gap in the country (the widest in a quarter century according to U.S. Census data).  How do we talk about class and economic diversity in our AAPI community in ways that could enable all of us to use our resources – our time, creativity, talent, and our money (if we have it) – to work together toward a vision for progressive social change that connects LGBTQ rights with racial and economic justice?  If you are part of the 99%, the 1%, or just care about social change, this workshop is for you!
Presenters:

  • Theo Yang Copley, fundraising consultant and blogger, Resource Generation
  • Jeff Arellano Cabusao, Assistant Professor, Department of English and Cultural Studies, Bryant University

Alexandria, 2nd Floor

Creating a Queer & Asian Group on Your College Campus
Creating a new student organization on a college campus can seem daunting, especially when it seems like there isn’t much support. In this workshop, we hope to engage students about the needs of Queer API students on a college campus so that they may feel empowered to go out and start Q&A student-groups at their own schools. The outcomes for this workshop will be to increase the knowledge of resources, learn how to start and manage a student-group, understand possible challenges, know why Q&A groups are important in higher education, and create a coalition of Q&A organizations across the nation.
Presenters:

  • Dohyun Ahn, Emory University
  • Amanda Carrington, Emory University

McLean, 2nd floor

REJUVENATE! Using the arts for self-care, reflection and connection
Designed to re-energize and support the organizer and leader in all of us and prioritize our own rejuvenation, this interactive workshop will address our stresses in creative ways such as body awareness exercises, journaling, guided imagery, the creation of group mandalas and community vocal drumming. Come ready to rejuvenate your spirit, revive your inspiration, and turn up the volume on a joyful, reflective part of yourself. Through a healing justice framework, we will move from inner to outer, and self to community. No previous arts experience necessary. Come out and connect!
Presenters:

  • Sangeeta Swamy, Asian Queers and Allies (AQUA) in North Carolina
  • Alison Lin, hotpot!, NQAPIA Board Co-Chair

Madison, Lobby Level

Wannabe Moms & Dads- And Baby Makes 3: LGBT Asian / South Asian Parenting Journeys
This workshop will present how, why, and what to watch out for in starting a family.   It will be led by LGBT AAPI folks who have children who will talk about how to become parents and the different ways they became parents through same-sex adoption or a sperm donor.  The presenters will talk frankly about their personal experiences, joys and struggles of parenting, family acceptance, making mom and dad grandparents, negotiating who is “daddy” or “mommy,” issues of race, and broader community acceptance.  An attorney will also provide an overview of the adoption process and legal rights for same-sex couples to protect their families.
Presenters:

  • Sunu P. Chandy, social justice activist, attorney, poet and new mother of Satya
  • Rae and Morgan Meneses-Sheets, and their daughter Lucy
  • Angeline Acain, Publisher, Gay Parent Magazine, with her partner Susan and their teenage daughter Jiana
  • Sunyoo Kim and Agnes Harley, and their 2 year old daughter Kai Seong-Ah Kim
  • Christopher Goeken, Esq., an adoption attorney, and Glenn Magpantay, and their 5 year old son Malcolm
    Rosslyn I, Lobby Level

The Dari Project: Creating Bilingual Resources for LGBTQ Koreans and their Families
The Dari Project is an all-volunteer, grassroots effort that develops resources to increase awareness and acceptance in Korean American communities of LGBTQ people of Korean descent.  Founded in 2007, the Dari Project has collected personal testimonials and art documenting the experiences of LGBTQ Korean Americans and their families to publish as a bilingual English/Korean print resource as well as online.  During this panel, Dari Project Coordinators will discuss the process of creating bilingual resources for the Korean community from concept to product.  We’ll discuss all aspects of creating such resources from conducting a call for submissions to finding a publisher and the challenges of operating as an all-volunteer organization.
Presenters:

  • Mark Ro Beyersdorf, Dari Project Coordinator
  • Elena Chang, Asian Pride Project, Q-WAVE

Jefferson, Lobby Level

Demographics and Data: Understanding AAPI and LGBT Communities
There is a lack of data for both AAPI and LGBT communities that has been justified for a number of reasons: sample size and disaggregation of data, concerns of confidentiality, and methodological challenges of data collection.  The intersection of these communities compounds these problems, making research on our communities exponentially more difficult.  This session will present some of the data that is out there for AAPI and LGBT communities and some of the challenges and steps for future action.
Presenters:

  • Marita Etcubanez, Director of Programs, Asian American Justice Center, member of the Center for Advancing Asian American Justice
  • Judy Tan, University of California, San Francisco

Mt. Vernon, 2nd Floor

Trans Caucus
Facilitator:

  • Anj Chaudhry, NQAPIA Board of Directors and SALGA Steering
  • Linda Nguyen, MOONROOT contributor

Salon 1, 1st floor

4:30 to 5:45 pm – Workshop Session 8

Research and Sexual Behavior
A discussion of some of the most current research on sexual behavior and AAPI men who have sex with men (MSM), with a particular focus on the impact of stigma.
Presenters:

  • David Stuppelbeen, API Wellness Center
  • Judy Tan, University of California, San Francisco

Rosslyn II, Lobby Level

Marriage Equality in Southeast Asian Communities
How do you talk about being LGBTQ, when there is no word in your language to describe who you are rightfully?  How does marriage equality differ between SEAs and other API groups? Shades of Yellow will facilitate this affinity session as a discussion to help participants find answers to these questions and more. We bring our experiences of growing up in an immigrant community that has strong traditional gender roles and will fuse those notions into the fight for marriage equality. In this open forum, we will also share our experiences working with the group Asian Pacific Islanders United for All Families and the fight against the marriage amendment in the state of Minnesota that will explicitly ban same-sex marriages.  This will be an open space where participants will be able to engage with one another in both dialogue and active group activities. We will imagine marriage and explore what is ahead: the possibilities and the realities alike.
Presenters:

  • Dr. Thai Lee, Chief Resident at the University of MN Department of Family Medicine and Shades of Yellow (SOY) Advisory Board
  • Oskar Ly, Artist, Organizer, and former Interim Director of Shades of Yellow (SOY)
  • Nick Kor, Program Development Organizer, Minnesotans United for All Families
  • Kham Moua, Board Chair, Shades of Yellow (SOY) and program coordinator at Hmong American Partnership

Jackson, Lobby Level

Queering Gender:  Sex, Gender, & The Liberation of Queer AAPI Bodies
Warning: this is a sexy workshop! We will open definitions of queerness, bodies, & gender through a sex-positive lens. We will discuss how our identities & desires are controlled or liberated in our current racialized & gendered climate. We will also explore how to expand language, policy, & actions so that we can be inclusive of multi-gender experience socially, politically, & in the bedroom. This workshop is for individuals seeking to support for understanding/expressing their gender identity in their community as well as their allies.
Presenter:

  • CJ Frosch, Director of Education & Training, Planned Parenthood of Maryland
  • Sarath Suong, Men’s Health Coordinator, MAP for Health

Alexandria, 2nd Floor

Out to Succeed: AAPI LGBT Education Issues
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders face a unique set of circumstances and challenges in school because of any number of issues, including the “model minority myth,” bullying, and relevant policy/curriculum.  For those of us who are also LGBTQ, an additional set of circumstances affect our ability to be safe and to succeed in school.  This session will discuss a range of policies and programs in our communities from groundbreaking scholarship programs for queer AAPI students to advocates standing strong against bullying.
Presenters:

  • Ben Leong, Co-Chair, Gay Asian and Pacific Alliance (GAPA)
  • Monica Thammarath, Senior Program/Policy Specialist, Office of Minority Community Outreach, National Education Association (NEA)
  • Mark Ro Beyersdorf, Program Associate, Educational Equity and Youth Rights Project, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)

McLean, 2nd floor

MOONROOT: Community Building & Storytelling Through Zine-Making
MOONROOT is an ongoing collective project about race, gender, and bodies.  It is an evolving experiment in building loving, radical community.  As self-identified womyn, trans*, or genderqueer persons of Asian descent (whether East Asian, South Asian, Pacific Islander, Southeast Asian, Central Asian, West Asian, hapa or mixed) living in diaspora, MOONROOT is an attempt at deep community-building across borders and geographies.  We believe that because our multiple and intersecting identities often render us invisible and misrepresented (even within our own communities), reclaiming our voices is a radical act.  In this workshop, we will discuss how MOONROOT came together, how it has evolved, and how it continues to grow.  We will share how zines can be used as a medium to build community and how it can be particularly salient for queer womyn, trans*, and genderqueer persons of Asian descent.  We will also facilitate a small zine-making workshop where participants will engage with each other and learn some basic zine-making techniques.
Presenters:

  • Sine Hwang Jensen, MOONROOT contributor
  • Monna Wong, NQAPIA board member and MOONROOT contributor
  • Linda Nguyen, MOONROOT contributor

Madison, Lobby Level

Proto-Transgenderal & Homoerotic Traditions in Asia & the Pacific
This presentation will offer a historical overview and specific examples, of proto-transgenderal and homoerotic traditions in China, Korea, India, and Hawaii, among others.
Presenter:

  • Pauline Park, Chair, New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA)

Rosslyn I, Lobby Level

Expanding “Family”: The Experiences & Stories of LGBTQ API Adoptees
Between 1971 & 2001, more than 250,000 children were adopted by US citizens, with the majority coming from Asian & Pacific Islander countries. Yet the stories of adoptees are often not discussed, even in LGBTQ & allied API spaces. In this session, panelists will share their stories through the lens of intersecting API, LGBTQ, & adoptee identity. Tips will also be shared to help make our LGBTQ & allied API organizations and groups more adoptee-welcoming & friendly.
Presenters:

  • Joy Messinger, Board Member, NQAPIA and Core Member, Invisible to Invincible: API Pride of Chicago
  • Liz Thomson, Board Member, NQAPIA and Core Member, Invisible to Invincible: API Pride of Chicago
  • Andy Marra, Communications Director, GLSEN, New York, NY

Mt. Vernon, 2nd Floor

Women’s Caucus
Open to conference participants who identify as women
Facilitators:

  • Iimay Ho, Steering Committee Member, Rainbow Dragon Fund

Jefferson, Lobby Level

6:30 to 12 Midnight – Gala Dinner Dance

Community Catalyst Awards
Salon 3, Marriott First Floor
Every year NQAPIA’s Community Catalyst Award is given to celebrate individuals and organizations that have provided exemplary service to AAPI LGBTQ communities.
Honorees:

  • Asian American Justice Center
  • Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA)
  • Urooj Arshad, Advocates for Youth and Queer Muslim Working Group

Emcees:

  • Tamlyn Tomita, Actress (Glee, The Joy Luck Club, Karate Kid II)
  • Parag Mehta, Special Assistant to the Director, OFCCP at U.S. Department of Labor and Former Director of External Communications, Democratic National Committee (DNC)

Performers:

  • YaliniDream and Jendog Lonewolf

Dinner catered by Woodlands

After-Party:  Come dance the night away at this youth-friendly space as we turn it out!
DJ:  Les Taluson, the Pin Striped
Rebel

Sunday, July 22, 2012

9:00 to 10:15 am – Workshops Session 9

A Collective Human Rights Framework:  Queer/Trans and Immigrant Identities and Media Justice Organizing in Philadelphia
We will explore a collective human rights framework that articulates the intersectionality of LGBTQ and API and/or POC immigrant identities. Drawing from our experiences organizing around LGBTQ immigration in Philadelphia, we will lead an interactive discussion. Discussion topics include: expanding the human rights framework and using it to connect QTAPI and POC immigrant discussions, the reality of anti-immigrant, homophobic, transphobic police brutality and other violence committed against LGBTQ immigrants and strategies to address the challenges facing LGBTQ immigrants as part of a broader LGBTQ social justice agenda. Join us, raise your voice, and let’s expand our knowledge and take collective action!
Presenters:

  • kb, hotpot! Philadelphia
  • Laurent Widjaya, hotpot! Philadelphia

Salon K, 1st floor

Intentional Life Planning For Activists
As QAPI activists, we’re routinely pulled in many directions – from work, home, relationships, family, coming out, or just going out for a night on the town. What is it all for?  In this session, we’ll explore some different strategies each of us uses to bring balance to our lives. Also, Vega and Mala will present tools they’ve found helpful along their journey – personal strategic planning, applying a balanced scorecard approach, developing shared agreements – tools that have helped shape a more intentional life.
Presenters:

  • Mala Nagarajan, NQAPIA Board of Director and co-founder Trikone-NW
  • Vega Subramaniam, Director of the Collaborative Project of Maryland

Salon J, 1st floor

Coming out as Trans: A Unique Journey
A discussion of the coming out process for transgender and gender non-conforming people.  How do our experiences differ from the mainstream gay and lesbian narrative around coming out?  How do these differences affect how coming out resources and support are allocated and provided?
Presenters:

  • Kay Ulanday Barrett, Campus Pride 2009 Hot List artist
  • Charlie Solidum, API Coalition on HIV/AIDS (APICHA)
  • Prerna Sampat, ALIGN and Movement Building Team, Sylvia Rivera Law Project

Mt. Vernon, 2nd Floor

Working on API anti-black racism
This workshop is for API folks who want to work on our own anti-black racism, and begin to think about challenging racism found within APIA communities.  In a supportive setting, participants will explore their internal racism and build skills in working in coalitions and being allies to other people of color.
Presenter:

  • Talia Young, hotpot! Philadelphia

Salon A, 1st floor

Stylizing My Own “Out and Proud”
After the screening of a 10-minute film (titled, “Should Be, Could Be, But Is”) directed and produced by a student filmmaker and sponsored by the Stanford Institute of Creativity and the Arts (SiCa), the presentation will lead participants to brainstorm and practice ways in which queer and Asian/Asian American individuals can comfortably and safely, as well as openly and proudly speak about their mixed identities. It will address the complexity around “losing face” and the lack of visibility, representation, and ownership in both the LGBTQ and the Asian/Asian American communities for queer Asians, and set the stage for volunteers to tell their own stories.
Presenter:

  • Nayoung Woo, Co-President, Queer and Asians (Q&A) at Stanford University

Salon B, 1st floor

Civic Engagement in AAPI LGBT Communities
This workshop will focus on the upcoming election and look at the growth of Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders based on the 2010 Census. It is clear that there are those out there working to erode any existing infrastructure and waging aggressive attacks on all of our communities. If we build strong, broad, & sustainable coalitions on shared values and interests, we can and will fight back! Are you ready to out the vote in a way that this country has not seen before? Are you ready to fight? If so, come join us to learn about the civic engagement efforts happening and what support we can provide to you and your organizations!
Presenters:

  • Greg Cendana, Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
  • Terry Ao-Minnis, Asian American Justice Center, member of the Center for Advancing Asian American Justice
  • Glenn D. Magpantay, Democracy Program Director, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)

Salon C, 1st floor

A Survey of Model HIV/AIDS Programs in AAPI Communities
A discussion of specific programs and initiatives serving AAPI communities dealing with HIV/ AIDS.
Presenters:

  • Steve Cha, Asian Pacific Islander AIDS Intervention Team

McLean, 2nd floor

Multiracial Caucus
Facilitator:

  • Jess MacLeod, Pennsylvania College Achievement Program
  • Ryan Li, Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training

Jackson, Lobby Level

10:30am to 2:00 pm – Brunch Plenary and NQAPIA Annual Meeting
Marriot Salons 4, 5, and 6, 1st floor

11:00 to 11:30 am – NQAPIA Programs and Activities
Come learn about NQAPIA’s efforts to build the organizational capacity of local LGBTQ AAPI groups, develop leadership, promote visibility, educate our community, enhance grassroots organizing, expand collaborations, and challenge homophobia and racism.  The presentation will review how to partake in NQAPIA’s programs, including the annual Leadership Summit (a training and issue briefing for leaders of LGBTQ AAPI organizations) and campaigns for LGBTQ immigrants’ rights and multilingual visibility.

  • Glenn D. Magpantay, Co-Director for Development, NQAPIA, New York, NY

11:30 am to 12:00 pm – National Strategic Planning
Help build a national LGBT AAPI voice and organization. In this session, we’ll discuss NQAPIA’s mission, vision, values.  You’ll help set the strategic direction for the organization for years to come!

  • Mala Nagarajan, NQAPIA Board of Director and co-founder Trikone-NW

12:00 – 1:00 pm – Regional Caucuses
Regional Caucuses are designed to network and to help folks bring the work, inspiration, power and love, back home.

Northeast Caucus
Facilitator:

  • Jason Tseng, Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY)

Salon C, 1st floor

South/ Southeast Caucus
Facilitator:

  • Dohyun Ahn, Emory University

Salon B, 1st floor

Midwest Caucus
Facilitator:

  • Liz Thomson, NQAPIA Board Member and Core Member, Invisible to Invincible: API Pride of Chicago

Salon A, 1st floor

California Caucus
Facilitator:

  • Vanessa Coe, Lead Organizer, API Equality – Northern California and NQAPIA Board Member

Salon J, 1st floor

Additional Regional Caucuses
Facilitator:  TBA
Jackson, Lobby Level

1:00 to 1:30 pm – Report Backs and Next Steps
Its not over.  We still need your presence to wield our power to make process. Caucuses workshops and everyone is invited to report back.  NQAPIA leadership will outline next steps.
Marriot Salons 4, 5, and 6, 1st floor

1:30 to 2:00 pm – Evaluation and Closing
We can always do conferences better.  Please share what went well and what could have been improved.
And finally please share with all of use for a thank you and goodbye.
Marriot Salons 4, 5, and 6, 1st floor

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