2018 Community Catalyst Awards

It’s time for NQAPIA’s Annual Community Catalyst Awards Banquet Fundraisers in New York City and Washington, DC! Click each invitation to learn more about each dinner.Community Catalyst Awards NY PromotionCommunity Catalyst Awards DC Promotion

Movement Convergences

NQAPIA is coming to your city to ask you: where are we now, and where will we go? Let’s identify the threats we’re up against and build our QTAPI political home!

RSVP at bit.ly/convergences18

Movement Convergences

Program

Each Movement Convergence is an opportunity for us to learn, share, and grow with one another between our local and national LGBTQ API community. We’ll share our values with one another, and you’ll teach us the threats in your area. How do we organize with these two things in mind, and how can NQAPIA as a national organization support you locally? Together, we will build power and build our QTAPI political home!

Locations & Dates

Click each city’s name to join their Facebook event.

City Date Time
Austin March 10 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Washington, DC April 14 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
New York City April 16 6:00-9:30 p.m.
Portland April 29 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Seattle April 30 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Bay Area May 14 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Los Angeles May 16 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Chicago May 26 12:00-4:00 p.m.

RSVP

To attend, please RSVP at bit.ly/convergences18. Select your city in the drop-down menu

Accessibility

Please respect the space and the people around you by helping create a scent-free environment.

For more access needs, please let us know when you register at bit.ly/convergences18.

Donations

Any donations will go towards food and materials at each of the Movement Convergences. Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

bit.ly/convergences18

If you can’t attend a convergence but still want to support us, please make a donation by selecting “No RSVP – Donation Only” in the drop-down city selection. We appreciate any support!

$500 Matching Grants for the 2018 National Conference

$500 Matching Grant for Local Fundraising to Attend the National Conference

Request for Proposals (RFP)

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is a federation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (API) organizations. We seek to build the organizational capacity of local LGBT API groups, develop leadership, promote visibility, educate our community, enhance grassroots organizing, expand collaborations, and challenge anti-LGBTQ bias and racism.

Matching Grants

NQAPIA is offering thirty (30) $500 “challenge grants” to LGBTQ API groups who conduct fundraising events to support their members to attend the NQAPIA National Conference in San Francisco from July 26-29, 2018. Up to $15,000 will be awarded to local groups in total.

The fundraising events can be of any kind or variety. NQAPIA will match the first $500 raised. For example, donors who give $5 will have their donations doubled to $10. The matching grant may also go towards covering event costs (e.g., food, space rental, performer stipends) but payment will not be made until after the event. Events must occur between January and June 20, 2018.

Groups do not need to be incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, but they should have a bank account in the organization’s name. NQAPIA can provide additional support such as 501(c)3 fiscal sponsorship to allow for tax-deductible donations, fundraising training, or coaching. This effort is made possible with the generous support of the Wallace E. Coulter Foundation.

Conference Costs

Over 400 LGBTQ Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders are expected to attend NQAPIA’s triennial conference. Funds raised and matched must go towards costs associated with attending the National Conference. Below are the typical expected costs:

  • Housing: $169/night/room plus tax at Hilton San Francisco Financial District
  • Registration Fees: $300 Regular Rate/ $250 NQAPIA Member Group / $150 Limited income and Student Rate
  • Flights: $150 from the West Coast, $300 from Midwest, $600 from the East Coast/South
  • Ground Transportation: $30 via public transportation
  • Meals: $0 – meals are provided at the conference

Learn more about the National Conference at nqapia.org/2018-national-conference.

Application

In order to apply, organizations must provide the following information at bit.ly/matchinggrants:

  1. Organization name and website
  2. Contact name, email, phone
  3. Proposed date and location of the event (can be approximate but must occur before June 20, 2018)
  4. Type of event (e.g., dance, brunch, dinner, party, auction)
  5. Estimated attendance projected
  6. Goal amount to be raised ($)
  7. Name and address for where to send the check (may be a fiscal sponsor)
  8. EIN or Federal Tax ID number (if organization has one but not required)

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

All NQAPIA member groups are encouraged to apply. Member groups are organizations that are missioned as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (API) organizations.

Preference will be given to smaller organizations, traditionally underrepresented or under resourced groups, and past partnership and work with NQAPIA.

Non-NQAPIA member groups (e.g., allies, student groups, groups predominantly LGBTQ API) may apply after the deadline of March 23, 2018 and will be awarded pending the availability of funds.

Grant Awards

A post event report is required including the same information in the application but with actual numbers (e.g., amount actually raised, number of actual attendees, final venue, actual date, specific type of event). From those who have an EIN or Federal Tax ID number, we also need a completed IRS W9 form. Other items requested but not required are:

  • Supporting materials (a picture, flyer, screenshot of Facebook event post)
  • Evaluation (a short one paragraph description of how the event went overall, what went well, what could be improved, and any lessons learned)
  • Financial report

Application and Deadlines

Applications due by March 23, 2018 at bit.ly/matchinggrants.

Additional applications will be accepted after the date on a rolling basis pending the availability of funds.

For more information, contact Tia Adams at tia@nqapia.org or 224-280-2236.

#NQAPIA2018

NY 2018 Community Catalyst Awards

Join National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) at our 2018 Community Catalyst Awards Celebration on Saturday, March 31, 2018 at Joy Luck Palace on 98 Mott Street in New York City’s Chinatown.

Join

Date: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Time: 6:00-11:00 p.m.
Location: Joy Luck Palace, 98 Mott Street, Manhattan Chinatown, New York, NY 10013

Honor

Every year NQAPIA honors groups and leaders who have improved the lives of LGBTQ APIs.

Honorees

This year, we will honor two Community Catalyst Awardees:

  • Caribbean Equality Project
  • Longtime activist Suki Terada Ports 

Attend

The evening will include cocktails, a 10-course Chinese banquet dinner and dancing.

Tickets

Purchase your tickets at bit.ly/ccany18.

Community || $85 || NQAPIA Member Group Rate
Supporter || $100 || regular ticket
Benefactor || $150 || buy a ticket & donate a ticket
Limited-income Rate || Variable based on ability. Please inquire.

Host Committee

Host Committee members buy (or sell) a table, receive black & white ads in the program booklet, and name listing on all promotional materials. Purchase your tables at bit.ly/ccany18.

$1000 || Table of 10 guests and half-page ad (5″ W x 4″ H landscape)

$500 || Table of 10 guests and quarter-page ad (2″ W x 4″ H portrait)

Support

All proceeds benefit NQAPIA and local LGBTQ API organizations and activists to attend a national LGBT API conference in San Francisco from July 26-29, 2018. NQAPIA is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization.

Sponsorships

Become a sponsor at bit.ly/ccanysponsor.

Platinum: $5,000

  • Podium mention
  • Two tables for 10 guests (20 tickets) at our 10-course, Chinese banquet
  • VIP seating location
  • Full-page, color ad featured on the back cover of the Catalyst Awards program booklet
  • Name and logo displayed on all promotional materials (emails/webpages)

Gold: $2,500

  • Podium mention
  • One table for 10 guests (10 tickets) at our 10-course, Chinese banquet
  • VIP seating location
  • Full-page, color ad featured on inside cover of the Catalyst Awards program booklet
  • Name and logo displayed on all promotional materials (emails/webpages)

Silver: $1,500

  • Podium mention
  • One table for 10 guests (10 tickets) at our 10-course, Chinese banquet
  • Prime seating location
  • Full-page, greyscale ad in the Catalyst Awards program booklet
  • Name and logo displayed on all promotional materials (emails/webpages)

Bronze: $750

  • Podium mention
  • One table for 5 guests (5 tickets) at our 10-course, Chinese banquet
  • Prime seating location
  • Full-page, greyscale ad in the Catalyst Awards program booklet
  • Name and logo displayed on all promotional materials (emails/webpages)

Program Book Advertisements

Purchase an ad at bit.ly/ccanysponsor.

$250 || Full-Page Ad (5″ W x 8″ H portrait)

$100 || Half-Page Ad (5″ W x 4″ H landscape)

$50 || Quarter-Page Ad  (2″ W x 4″ H portrait)

Share

Join the event on Facebook, and tell your friends to join in! We can’t wait to see you there!

DC 2018 Community Catalyst Awards

Join National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) at our 2018 Community Catalyst Awards Celebration on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Tony Cheng’s Chinese Restaurant on 619 H St NW, Washington, DC.

Join

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Time: 6:00-11:00 p.m.
Location: Tony Cheng’s Chinese Restaurant, 619 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Honor

Every year NQAPIA honors groups and leaders who have improved the lives of LGBTQ APIs.

Honorees

This year, we will honor two Community Catalyst Awardees:

  • Vanita Gupta, Former head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and current President & CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • Hyacinth Alvaran, Former Senior Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager at the Human Rights Campaign and current Solutions Consultant at Cook Ross

Access

Please be advised: this event is on the third floor, and the elevator is broken. It likely will not be fixed before the dinner, so attendees must walk up stairs. We sincerely apologize and are deeply troubled by the inaccessibly of the venue for all of our community members. We tried to move the dinner to another location, but no other place (that is near a metro) could accommodate a dinner of our size and at our price point–we looked at 27 other venues!

We are disappointed in this situation and ourselves for being a group that advocates for inclusion, yet we are being exclusive. But, after much discussion and both internal and external dialogue, including members and allies of the disability rights community, we had no other choice but to move forward with the space and find another accessible venue for next year. We know it is far from ideal and we want to be as transparent, honest, and open to accountable as possible.

Attend

The evening will include cocktails, a 10-course Chinese banquet dinner and dancing.

Tickets

Purchase tickets at bit.ly/ccadc18.

Community || $85 || NQAPIA Member Group Rate
Supporter || $100 || regular ticket
Benefactor || $150 || buy a ticket & donate a ticket
Limited-income Rate || Variable based on ability. Please inquire.

Host Committee

Host Committee members buy (or sell) a table, receive black & white ads in the program booklet, and name listing on all promotional materials. Purchase tables at bit.ly/ccadc18.

$1000 || Table of 10 guests and half-page ad (5″ W x 4″ H landscape)

$500 || Table of 10 guests and quarter-page ad (2″ W x 4″ H portrait)

Support

All proceeds benefit NQAPIA and local LGBTQ API organizations and activists to attend a national LGBT API conference in San Francisco from July 26-29, 2018. NQAPIA is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization.

Sponsorships

Purchase sponsorships at bit.ly/ccadcsponsor.

Platinum: $5,000

  • Podium mention
  • Two tables for 10 guests (20 tickets) at our 10-course, Chinese banquet
  • VIP seating location
  • Full-page, color ad featured on the back cover of the Catalyst Awards program booklet
  • Name and logo displayed on all promotional materials (emails/webpages)

Gold: $2,500

  • Podium mention
  • One table for 10 guests (10 tickets) at our 10-course, Chinese banquet
  • VIP seating location
  • Full-page, color ad featured on inside cover of the Catalyst Awards program booklet
  • Name and logo displayed on all promotional materials (emails/webpages)

Silver: $1,500

  • Podium mention
  • One table for 10 guests (10 tickets) at our 10-course, Chinese banquet
  • Prime seating location
  • Full-page, greyscale ad in the Catalyst Awards program booklet
  • Name and logo displayed on all promotional materials (emails/webpages)

Bronze: $750

  • Podium mention
  • One table for 5 guests (5 tickets) at our 10-course, Chinese banquet
  • Prime seating location
  • Full-page, greyscale ad in the Catalyst Awards program booklet
  • Name and logo displayed on all promotional materials (emails/webpages)

Program Book Advertisements

Purchase ads at bit.ly/ccadcsponsor.

$250 || Full-Page Ad (5″ W x 8″ H portrait)

$100 || Half-Page Ad (5″ W x 4″ H landscape)

$50 || Quarter-Page Ad  (2″ W x 4″ H portrait)

Share

Join the event on Facebook, and tell your friends to join in! We can’t wait to see you there!

Catch us at Creating Change

NQAPIA at the Creating Change Conference

 

Every three years, we come together to network, organize, agitate, educate, and build at the nation’s largest gathering of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (API) communities. This summer, we’re excited to be in San Francisco from July 26-29, 2018.

LGBTQ API Schedule

Thursday, 1/25

9:00A-6:00P Queer & Trans API Institute:  Building a Queer Asian American & Pacific Islander Movement

Friday, 1/26

10:45A-12:15P Sex Work & Safe Syringes: HIV Criminalization Advocacy – Beyond Non-Disclosure
3:00P-4:30P Building Queer Asian/South Asian Community & Movement
3:00P-6:15P Radicalizing our Streets: Direct Action Training for People of Color
6:30P-7:30P QPOC Caucus: Community, Leadership, Activism
6:30P-7:30P South Asian LGBTQ+ Caucus

Saturday, 1/27

10:45A-12:15P Faith & Family Acceptance in the API Community
3:00P-4:30P Not Your Model Minority: AAPIs & the Reproductive Justice Movement
3:00P-4:30P A Queer & Intersectional Approach Towards Ending Reliance on the Criminal Legal System
6:30P-7:30P Organizing for a National Conference of LGBT Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians & Pacific Islanders

Read more details about all the workshops in the Creating Change Program Book.

Meet Us and Tweet Us

If you have any questions throughout the conference, look for an NQAPIA staff member or look for the bright green N-cape-IA!

#CC18 #NQAPIA

#QueerAzaadi: Virtual Support

Want to support this weekend of action for #QueerAzaadi, but can’t come to an event in person? We would love your support by amplifying our work through social media!

We’d love for trans and queer Muslims to take over social media on Sunday 9/10 at 5PT / 7CT / 8ET. Can you join us?

You can use the sample tweets and posts below. We’ll also have pictures from our actions in Los Angeles, Washington DC, Boston and Austin on our social media by then as well – we’d really appreciate a repost!

Sample Tweets:

  • Ava Le’Ray Barrin. Nabra Hassanen. Srinivas Kuchibhotla. Killed by Islamophobia transphobia anti-Blackness. We <3 you. #QueerAzaadi @NQAPIA
  • We celebrate ourselves on 9/11: our lives, stories & resistance as QTPOC in struggle towards #QueerAzaadi nqapia.org/queerazaadi @NQAPIA
  • We cannot separate being harassed bc of gender identity from being harassed for the color of our skin. So we fight for #QueerAzaadi @NQAPIA
  • There is no Trans Liberation within Islamophobia–or vice versa. We fight for #QueerAzaadi #NoMuslimBanEver #BlackTransLivesMatter @NQAPIA
  • On 9/11, listen to Trans and Queer Muslim voices. #QueerAzaadi #RedefineSecurity #NoMuslimBanEver #BlackMuslimLivesMatter @NQAPIA
  • Islamophobia & anti-Blackness reinforce each other. Trust Black Muslim voices. #QueerAzaadi #BlackMuslimLivesMatter #NoMuslimBanEver @NQAPIA
  • We support Trans & Queer Muslims reclaiming & creating healing spaces on 9/11 #QueerAzaadi #NoMuslimBanEver #BlackMuslimLivesMatter @NQAPIA

Sample Fbook Posts:

  • We support the @National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance and dozens of partner organizations in reclaiming 9/11 towards #QueerAzaadi / Queer Liberation. On this day, the intersections between Islamophobia, transphobia, xenophobia and anti-Blackness are even more clear. We join them to #RiseUpFightBack with trans and queer Muslims voices in the forefront!

    #QueerAzaadi #NoMuslimBanEver #BlackMuslimLivesMatter #BlackTransLivesMatter

    www.nqapia.org/queerazaadi

  • Ava Le’Ray Barrin, 17 years old.
    Nabra Hassanen, 17 years old.
    Jaquarrius Holland, 18 years old.
    Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32 years old.

    We honor and mourn the dead, and we fight like hell for the living.

    2017 has seen a rise in the murders of Black trans women, of Black people killed by police violence, of Muslims and those mistaken for Muslim killed in Islamophobic hate crimes. We join the @National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance and dozens of partner organizations in a weekend of action, mourning and celebration on 9/11, towards #QueerAzaadi / Queer Liberation.

    #QueerAzaadi #NoMuslimBanEver #BlackMuslimLivesMatter #BlackTransLivesMatter

    www.nqapia.org/queerazaadi

  • 9/11 is certainly not the only moment that marks the policing, profiling and surveillance of our communities. Yet agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), policies such as the PATRIOT Act, and registries such as the National Security Entry – Exit Registration System (NSEERS) grew from the Islamophobia that followed that day. These policies are Islamophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, anti-Black forms of state violence that have only multiplied in the last 16 years.

    So, on 9/11, we join @National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance and dozens of partner organizations in refusing any more state-sponsored hate and surveillance. We fight instead for #QueerAzaadi / Queer Liberation

    #QueerAzaadi #NoMuslimBanEver #BlackMuslimLivesMatter #BlackTransLivesMatter

    www.nqapia.org/queerazaadi

#QueerAzaadi: A National Call for Mourning, Action, & Celebration on 9/11

 #QueerAzaadi // Queer Liberation

A National Call for Action, Mourning, & Celebration on the Weekend of 9/11

Ava Le’Ray Barrin, 17 years old.
Nabra Hassanen, 17 years old.
Jaquarrius Holland, 18 years old.
Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32 years old.

These are just a few of the people that our communities have lost to hate crimes and state violence this year. 2017 has seen a rise in the murders of Black trans women, of Black people killed by police violence, of Muslims and those mistaken for Muslim killed in Islamophobic hate crimes. As queer and trans Muslims, South Asians, and APIs, we know that these forms of violence are connected. We cannot separate being harassed because of our gender identities from being harassed because of the color of our skin. Transphobia, islamophobia, anti-Blackness, and xenophobia all reinforce each other in our lives.

#QueerAzaadi

This is the year of Trump’s election and the Muslim Ban. This is a year that trans people have fought multiple attacks on our humanity. This is a year that anti-Muslim hate groups have multiplied in a way we haven’t experienced since September 11th, 2001. 9/11 is certainly not the only moment that marks the policing, profiling and surveillance of our communities. Yet agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), policies such as the PATRIOT Act, and registries such as the National Security Entry – Exit Registration System (NSEERS) grew from the Islamophobia that followed that day. These policies are Islamophobic, transphobic, xenophobic, anti-Black forms of state violence that have only multiplied in the last 16 years.

 

For this reason, we will mark the 16th anniversary of 9/11 with a national day of

ACTION

to lift up our voices and create empowering space led by trans and queer Muslims

MOURNING

for all those who have been taken from us too soon

& CELEBRATING

our resistance, resilience, and survival

 

We will lift up the names of all of our people who have been lost to state-sanctioned violence and hate crimes – whether at the hands of law enforcement, immigration enforcement, vigilantes, or white supremacists. And, we will celebrate ourselves on 9/11: our lives, our stories, and our resistance as LGBTQ people of color, in struggle towards #QueerAzaadi / Liberation.

Will you join us?

We have actions planned in Austin, Boston, Chicago, DC, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Philadelphia.

Click on your city to get involved. Email sasha@nqapia.org for more details, and if you or your organization is willing to lead an action in your city!

Virtual Support

Want to support this weekend of action for #QueerAzaadi, but can’t come to an event in person? We would love your support by amplifying our work through social media!

We’d love for trans and queer Muslims to take over social media on Sunday 9/10 at 5PT / 7CT / 8ET. Can you join us?

Click this link to find sample tweets and posts. We’ll also have pictures from our actions in Los Angeles, Washington DC, Boston, and Austin on our social media by then as well – we’d really appreciate a repost!

Click to view select photos and reflections from many of the actions.

In the News

Check out these articles from Colorlines, Huffington Post, Asian Pacific Forum, the LA Blade, and the Washington Blade.

Our Goals

  • Reclaiming spaces in which we are normally terrorized: creating spaces that feel empowering for QT Muslim/South Asian/Brown/Black folks on 9/11
  • Lifting up Queer Muslim voices: creating a narrative shift by centering queer and trans Muslim voices in our communities and in media on 9/11
  • Shifting narrative around hate crimes: connecting systems of Islamophobia, transphobia, xenophobia and anti-Blackness in words and actions
  • Building our own capacity: creating safer space for our people to try on planning and being part of direct action
  • Organizing visible mass resistance to the Muslim Ban, and the whole surveillance/security state apparatus, before the SCOTUS hearing on Oct 10th

Partners

#VigilantLove Coalition
18 Million Rising
Advocates for Youth
APALA
API Equality LA
API Equality Northern California
API Resistance
Asian American Resource Workshop
DC Justice for Muslims
Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement
Gender Justice LA
GetEQUAL
GSA Network
hotpot!
Invisible 2 Invincible: API Pride of Chicago
Justice Warriors for Black Lives
KhushATX
KhushDC
Muslim Justice League
National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development
Nikkei Progressives
Philly South Asian Coalition
QAPA
Queer Muslims of Boston
Satrang
South Asian Americans Leading Together
Southerners on New Ground
SWANA – LA
Transgender Law Center
Trikone Chicago
Tuesday Night Project
UndocuBlack Network
Washington Peace Center
White People for Black Lives – LA

#QueerAzaadi #NQAPIA

Professional Networking Receptions

We are celebrating the great diversity within our profession and supporting LGBT Asian American and South Asian professionals in corporate, finance, and law through networking receptions in four cities. These annual receptions are co-sponsored by several local and national specialty bar associations.

Professional Networking Receptions

Cities

LOS ANGELES
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Paul Hastings LLP
515 South Flower Street, 25th floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
SAN FRANCISCO 
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
235 Montgomery Street, 17th floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
NEW YORK
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Gibson Dunn LLP
200 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10166-0193
WASHINGTON, DC 
Thursday, October 26, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Booz Allen Innovation Center  
901 15th  Street, N.W., 1st floor
Washington, DC 20001

RSVP

The receptions are free and open to all, but all proceeds will support NQAPIA legal referral program for LGBT AAPI undocumented immigrants, young people, and organizations. All donations are fully tax-deductible.

RSVP at bit.ly/prorsvp

Contact

Glenn D. Magpantay, Esq.
NQAPIA Executive Director and AABANY LGBT Committee Chair
glenn_magpantay@nqapia.org
917-439-3158