National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)

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 Contact: Glenn Magpantay, 917-439-3158

 

 

New Report Provides First-Ever Analysis of Gay Asian Community Organizations

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“Queer Asian Compass: A Descriptive Directory of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ) Asian American, South Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations”

NQAPIA Queer Asian Compass Report

 

New York City … Asian Americans, South Asians, and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are among the nation’s fastest growing minority groups.  More and more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) AAPIs are coming out of the closet, yet they still face invisibility, isolation, and stereotyping.  In response, thirty-five (35) LGBTQ AAPI organizations across the nation have formed.

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), a federation of LGBTQ AAPI organizations, developed a first-ever descriptive directory of the groups, entitled “Queer Asian Compass.”  This profile book provides an overall analysis and reviews each of the nation’s LGBTQ AAPI organizations.

“Queer Asian Compass” describes the social, support, educational, outreach, and political activities of LGBTQ AAPI organizations.  It showcases local multilingual education campaigns to counter anti-gay bias and how local activists have organized around media defamation, immigrants’ rights, and marriage equality.  It provides comparative information about into the infrastructure, capacity, memberships, finances and challenges of LGBTQ AAPI groups.  Some are well established organizations; others are just starting out.

The diverse array of activities of LGBTQ AAPI organizations have built community for a group that has often been overlooked and marginalized.  “Queer Asian Compass” tells of organizations’ efforts to challenge racism and anti-immigrant bias in the gay community and homophobia in AAPI communities.   The groups have done very much with very little resources.

NQAPIA hopes the directory will help local groups connect with each other to share resources and ideas.  We also hope it will be a resource for members of the media, national organizations, funders, and local LGBTQ activists who seek to involve AAPIs or Asian American leaders who seek to reach out to LGBTQs.  NQAPIA is proud to present this first-ever snapshot into the state of the LGBTQ AAPI community.

Copies of “Queer Asian Compass” can be downloaded at NQAPIA Queer Asian Compass Report.

Paper versions can be requested by emailing nqapia@gmail.org.