Asian Americans are the fastest growing minority group in the nation, largely due to immigration. The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) — a federation of LGBT Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations — has advocated for the rights of LGBT immigrants and aims to lift the voices of those who have often been overlooked.

These are our stories. We hope they illustrate the great need for immigration reform and the various ways in which immigration laws directly impact the everyday lives of LGBT people.

NQAPIA seeks:

  • legalization of undocumented immigrants
  • expanded visa programs for students and workers (both low-wage and professional)
  • legal protections to guard against racial profiling, detentions, and deportations
  • fewer restrictions in applying for political asylum
  • protection of family immigration, including extending family-sponsorship for adult children, siblings, and same-sex couples

This was made possible in partnership with Mia Nakano, the Director of the Visiblity Project, the Asian Pride Project, and the generous support of the Arcus Foundation, Walter and Evelyn Haas, Jr., Fund, and Four Freedoms Fund.


Uncovering Our Stories: Sapna Pandya


Uncovering Our Stories: Erika Nunez


Uncovering Our Stories: Tony Choi


Uncovering Our Stories: Nebula Li

Nebula Li is a queer first generation Chinese American from Chicago. Nebula’s mother petitioned for her brother as soon as she arrived in the US, but had to wait 12 years for him to immigrate. When Nebula’s mother was hospitalized for a stroke in 2012, the person she desperately wanted to see was her brother. […]


Uncovering Our Stories: Rajat Dutta

When I moved from India to the USA at age eight, I experienced the challenge of “feeling different” for the first time. I was teased for the way I looked, smelled, and spoke. I tried to fit in and belong by behaving as white/American as I could. That was my first closet: when I tried […]


Uncovering Our Stories: Shweta Kumar

Shweta Final from Asian Pride Project on Vimeo. I was born in a remote area of Uttar Pradesh, in India. My parents are surgeons who run their small hospital in the area. Education was always highly valued in my family. In high school, I was a driven student and set my sights on going to […]


Uncovering Our Stories: Maya Jafer

Maya Final from Asian Pride Project on Vimeo. I was born and raised in the south of India in Madurai, Tamil Nadu with my parents, older brother and younger sister. I was born into a very religious Muslim family. My parents gave me the name Mohammed Gulam Hussain though now, as a post-operative transsexual female, […]


Uncovering Our Stories: Dhaval Shah

Uncovering Our Stories: Dhaval from Asian Pride Project on Vimeo. I grew up in Ahmadabad, India, the largest city in my state of Gujarat. I come from a working class background. My mom is a teacher and my dad worked for the State Government. India was a wonderful place to grow up, but I knew […]


Uncovering Our Stories: John Sanchez

From my perspective as a low income individual, I have found it difficult to not only finance my education but also to apply for things like DACA. My father is able to legally work in this country; however, his annual income is approximately that of the federal poverty income level and he has been supporting […]


Uncovering Our Stories: Chetam & Gaurav

Gaurav and I met in Hoboken, NJ in October 2005 through an online dating website. We both were consultants at that time. Gaurav is a US citizen and I came to the US on a work visa in 2004. We liked each other as soon as we met and started dating. We got into a […]