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Location – 2015 National Conference

LOCATION

All conference workshops will be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Student Center East (SCE) building.

University of Illinois at Chicago
Student Center East Building
750 S. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 413-5040

The University of Illinois at Chicago boasts one of the Midwest’s largest AAPI student populations and is the only federally-recognized Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) in the Midwest.

DIRECTIONS

UIC is served by the CTA (the “El”) Blue Line train (UIC-Halsted and Racine stops) connecting the campus with downtown, O’Hare International Airport, northwest and west side neighborhoods of Chicago, and the western suburbs of Oak Park, Forest Park, and Cicero.

HOUSING

Hotels
A block of rooms have been reserved at the Crowne Plaza in the fanciful neighborhood of Greektown, just 5 blocks from the conference site.
Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro Downtown

733 West Madison Street

Chicago, IL 60661

Reservations must be made by July 6 to secure the special rate of $139/night.
Book online or call 1-800-593-5447 and mention the reservation code “QAI.”

Community Housing
Free community housing is available. To inquire, complete this form http://bit.do/NQAPIAhousing2015  or email coordinator@nqapia.org.

Registration – NQAPIA 2015 National Conference

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Join LGBT Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders from across the country for 3 days of honing skills, building relationships, and celebrating our achievements. Whether you are seasoned leaders or just coming out, there’s no better way to gain new perspectives that will support you to be all of who you are in your families, workplace, company, place of worship, and community.

Scholarships and limited income rates are available. Email coordinator@nqapia.org to inquire.

Register for NQAPIA’s 2015 National Conference in Chicago here!

Full Conference Registration Fee – $225

Includes

  • Conference materials
  • Welcome Reception (Thursday night)
  • Breakfast (Friday)
  • Catalyst Awards Banquet Dinner (Friday night off-site)
  • Breakfast (Saturday)
  • Brunch (Sunday)

TICKET TYPE

PRICE 

Regular Registration

$225

Early-Bird Discount (before July 6 extended to July 10)

$200

NQAPIA Member Groups (until July 23)

$200

Late Registration (after July 30 and at the door)

$250

One-Day ONLY

$85

Community Catalyst Awards Dinner ONLY

$50

 

REGISTRATION SCHOLARSHIPS

At NQAPIA, we believe that money should never be a barrier to participating. Partial and full registration scholarships for those with limited incomes are available.

Priority will be given to traditionally underrepresented groups, including people of transgender experience, young people, South Asians, Southeast Asians, Pacific Islanders, refugees, immigrants, women, people from the South, Desert, Mountain, and Plain states, as well as invited workshop presenters.

Notifications will occur on a rolling basis beginning July 1.

ACCESSIBILITY

We strive to keep the conference and all activities as accessible as possible for all in our community. Tell us whatever special needs you require, and we will do our best to accommodate them, including, but not limited to:

  • Transportation vans for those with limited mobility
  • ASL interpretation
  • Large-print materials for those with limited sight
  • Simultaneous translation
  • All venues are wheelchair accessible.

DIETARY RESTRICTIONS

Dietary restrictions can be accommodated for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy free, soy-free, Halal, etc. Please designate your dietary restrictions when you register.

CHILDCARE

Free childcare is available during the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday sessions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

VOLUNTEER

In order to have a successful national conference, NQAPIA needs volunteers like you! Volunteers are crucial to the operation of this conference, and your help will promote and enhance NQAPIA’s collective work. To apply, complete this form: http://bit.do/NQAPIAvolunteers2015.

CAN’T ATTEND?

If you cannot come, would you kindly make a donation, so someone else can?

Sponsorship Opportunities – 2015 National Conference

AAPIs are among the fastest growing minority groups in the nation and are an emerging sector of the LGBTQ community. Sponsoring the NQAPIA conference provides maximum visibility and is a strategic opportunity to achieve marketing goals. Participation in the conference demonstrates simultaneous commitment to both the LGBT and Asian American communities and one’s own company/organization.

DETAILS

A prospectus with detailed information about the various ways to participate, including sponsorship, exhibiting, advertising, and branding opportunities is here: NQAPIA 2015 Prospectus for Sponsors Ads Exhibits.

Payments can be made here:

To learn more, contact Glenn Magpantay at glenn_magpantay@nqapia.org or 917-439-3158.

Sponsorship Levels
Diamond Level – $25,000+
Gold Level – $15,000
Pearl Level – $10,000
Jade Level – $5,000
Lotus Level – $2,500
Jasmine Level – $1,000
General Conference Supporter – $500

All Diamond, Gold, Pearl, Jade, Lotus, and Jasmine Sponsors receive banner placement and signage, exhibiting space, complimentary conference registrations, bag inserts, full-page program book advertisements, and company/organization logo in the looped slideshow at the Gala Dinner.

Extra Items
Company/organization logo on nametag lanyard– $2,000
Insert materials into Conference attendees’ welcome packets – $250

Why Support NQAPIA and the National Conference?

  • Become part of NQAPIA’s critical policy, advocacy and educational initiatives to address homophobia and racial intolerance.
  • NQAPIA is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, so contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.
  • The conference provides a unique opportunity for visibility among the leading LGBT and AAPI community leaders and professionals, as well as national figures, including elected officials, policy makers and advocates.
  • Support of NQAPIA can demonstrate a company commitment to diversity and can promote moral among company employees who are not only LGBT or AAPI, but for the entire workforce.
  • Nearly 90% of gays and lesbians report that a brand’s sponsorship of LGBT events favorably influences their buying decisions. (Community Marketing, Inc., 2007).
  • The buying power of gay and lesbian consumers is likely to exceed $835 billion. This unparalleled brand loyalty is a compelling reason for any company to partner with an LGBT organization. (The Gay and Lesbian Market in the US by Witeck-Combs Communications Inc., in Packaged Facts 2007.)
  • Asian American buying power was estimated at $543.7 billion in 2010 and is projected to climb to $775.1 billion in 2015. The increase is the highest of all race/ethnic groups. (The Multicultural Economy 2010 by the Selig Center for Economic Growth in Packaged Facts; InterTrend Communication’s Knowledge Center 2007, TVB Media Marketing.)

Workshop Schedule – 2015 NQAPIA National Conference

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Session Evaluations

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

Conference Grid

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

Conference Program Booklet

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

SESSION TYPES

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

 

Track Classifications
Allyship
Art/Dance/Music
Healing
Health
Identity/Culture
International Issues
Legal/Law
Media
Men/Masculinity
Organizational Development
Organizing
Parents/Family
People of Color
Policy/Issue
Professional Development
Religion
Sex/Sexual Liberation
Skills Training
South Asian
Southeast Asian
Trans/Gender
Women/Feminist
Youth
Other
Workshop Samples (not a full list)
Workshop Samples (not a full list)
ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

See also Fundraising
Board of Directors: How to be an Effective Board Member
Cultivating and Growing Male-Identified GBT Groups
Ethnic Events and Cultural Celebrations: How to be Being Out and Queer
Developing Peer Support Groups: Practices and Pitfalls
Going 501(c) 3: the Pros, Cons, Hows
Leadership Styles: We Are the Ones We've Been Waiting For
Leadership Style: Development through Improv and Public Speaking
Media: Working with the Media and How to get your story covered
Nonprofits: Why Start a Nonprofit
Resource Exchange on Organizational Development
Social Events: Best Practices for LGBT AAPI Groups
Women’s/ Feminist/ Gender Justice Programming

COMMUNITY, CULTURE & IDENTITY

Age Aint' Nothin' But a Number: Older LGBT AAPIs
API & South Asian Queer Hair Stories
Being Bi in the API Community
Building Multigender / Pan-Asian LGBT AAPI Safe Spaces
Children and Parening: Wannabe Moms & Dads: How to Start an LGBT Family
Coming out as a Techie
Forming and Directing Queer Asian Spaces
Hanau ka Mauna: (Re)connecting to the Piko (center) of our Ea (life breath, sovereignty)
Korean Drumming to Raise Voices!: using Culture to Build Community
Kuma Hina: the true meaning of Aloha
LGBT South Asians: Apart Yet A Part
Mixed Race API's Affinity Group Workshop
Pinay Lesbians Visibilizing
Qahaaniyan
TPOC - A New Narrative
Trans-national adoption: Complexities in Ethnic, Gender and Nation-Identities
Trans* Allyship: Activating Ourselves & Our Communities
Trans Inclusion: Making Your Organization More Trans Inclusive
Visibility Project shoot
Visibility: Raising LGBT AAPI Voices and Storytelling
What makes you a "male?"

POLITICS, PUBLIC POLICY & ADVOCACY

See also Race and Racial Justice
AAPI Policy, Advocacy, and Movement Building in Illinois
Aging from AAPI and LGBT perspectives
Decriminalization of 377 in India
Gender Justice 101 / Women’s Policy Issues
Immigration Executive Action: How We Can Take Advantage of DACA/ DAPA
LGBT Economic Security
Legalize Queer APIs: Legal Organizations & Queer API Communities
Militarization on women and the LGBTQ community
Organizing a Rapid-Response for National Policies
Trans Legal Spotlight: ID, Immigration, and Health

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

AAPIs How to Stand Out, While Blending In
Career Planning
Corporate Partnerships for Non-Profits: How to Make them Effective
Coming out as a Techie
Leadership Styles: We Are the Ones We've Been Waiting For
Leadership Style: Development through Improv and Public Speaking
Peer Listening for Liberation
Professional Development
Working While LGBTQ
Workplace: LGBT and AAPI Equality in the Workplace

FAMILIES

Children and Parenting: Wannabe Moms & Dads: How to Start an LGBT Family
Coming out, Family Acceptance and Intergenerational Dialogue in Families of Color
LGBTQ+ 101: Basics for Families and Allies
Parents of Transgender Kids Support
Parents of LGBTs: We Are Family

HEALTH & HEALING

Examining the Impact of HIV in America's API and LGBTQ Communities
HIV/AIDS Prevention in 2015
Gay API men and PrEP: where are we in the conversation
Developing Peer Support Groups: Practices and Pitfalls
LGBT Cancer Update
South Asian Mental Health and Activism: Decolonizing and Reclaiming healing
Self-Healing Workshop
Transgender Women Living With HIV: Holistic Engagement Solutions
Yoga: Finding Pause and Igniting your Fire

RACE & RACIAL JUSTICE

#BlackLivesMatter and AAPIs: How Can We Support
Criminal Justice: Protected and Served?: Systemic Neglect and Misconduct bin the System
Police Misconduct
Racial Profiling: Why the DOJ Guidance is not enough

FUNDRAISING

Corporate Partnerships for Non-Profits: How to Make them Effective
Fundraising for the Grassroots: More $$$, More Power
Grant Writing Basics
Making $$ Werq!
Philanthropic Giving is Love for AAPI LGBTQ Communities

HISTORY

Cambodia Killing Fields Museum and Memorial Tour
LGBTQ API Legacies: A Timeline of Resilience
Our Naked Stories: From 1750 to Now
Pioneers Project

RELIGION

Bible Study For Such A Time As This: Empowering API LGBT Christians
Coming Out Muslim
Convening of People of Faith

SEX & SEXUALITY

Desire: Preference and Social Physics
Mapping Desire
S/M & Kink Basics
Sexual Liberation: Sex work, Sexual Inhibition, Sexual Exhibition
Sexual Racism: All we want are Fats, Fems, and Asian
Polyamory/ Non-Monogomy

YOUTH / STUDENT / COLLEGE

Choosing a Career
Developing Queer API Communities on a College Campus
Higher Education Navigation as Queer Asian Americans
LBGTQ2-S Youth Culture
Students thriving as a queer Asian leader on your college campus
Youth Leadership and Organizing

Schedule – 2015 National Conference

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UPDATED CONFERENCE GRID – NO MORE CHANGES

We apologize for the many discrepancies between your conference booklet and conference grid. To help correct the mistakes, we have an Agenda Bender, and the images below contain an updated, final version of the conference grid.

Download a PDF version of the conference grid.

There are four pages to the conference grid. Click to enlarge.

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Conference Grid Page 2

 

 

Conference Grid Page 3

 

Conference Grid Page 4

Agenda Benders

Find a copy of the Agenda Bender (.docx).

THURSDAY, August 6

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Pre-Conference Strategy Meetings
Queer South Asian National Network (QSANN)
Parents of LGBT AAPIs
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Network for Religion and Justice (NRJ)
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Welcome Reception

FRIDAY, August 7

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Opening Breakfast Plenary – Trans Justice
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Session 1: Workshops and Caucuses
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch on your own
1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Session 2: Workshops
2:50 p.m. – 4:05 p.m. – Session 3: Workshops
4:25 p.m. – 5:40 p.m. – Session 4: Caucuses
6:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. – Community Catalyst Awards Banquet Dinner Dance (off-site at Cai Restaurant in Chinatown, 2100 South Archer Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616)

SATURDAY, August 8

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Breakfast Plenary – International Solidarity
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. –Session 5: Workshops and Caucuses
12 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. – Lunch on your own
1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Session 6: Workshops
2:50 p.m. – 4:05 p.m. – Session 7: Workshops
4:25 p.m. – 5:40 p.m. – Session 8: Caucuses
6:00 p.m. – Dinner on your own
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Arts and Cultural Community Performance (off-site – location to be announced)

SUNDAY, August 9

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Session 9: Workshops and Caucuses
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Brunch Plenary (NQAPIA Annual Meeting)
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Session 10: Regional Caucuses
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Closing Plenary: Report Backs, Next Steps, Evaluation, Thank Yous

Exhibitors all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning

Travel and Housing Assistance – 2015 National Conference

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We know that it can be hard for some people to get the conference, and NQAPIA wants to be as supportive as possible.

REGISTRATION SCHOLARSHIPS

At NQAPIA, we believe that money should never be a barrier to participating. Partial and full registration scholarships for those with limited incomes are available.

Priority will be given to traditionally underrepresented groups, including people of transgender experience, young people, South Asians, Southeast Asians, Pacific Islanders, refugees, immigrants, women, people from the South, Desert, Mountain, and Plain states, as well as invited workshop presenters.

Notifications will occur on a rolling basis beginning July 1.

TRAVEL SUPPORT

At this time, NQAPIA has extremely limited funds to provide support to cover flights to Chicago. This funding is reserved for the most underrepresented groups in the most under-resourced communities. Our priorities are leaders of transgender experience, Pacific Islanders, Southeast Asians, South Asians, immigrants, and refugees. We are still fundraising until the conference. If all goes well, we hope to offer a bit more, but for now, we are unsure about any additional support.

Email coordinator@nqapia.org to inquire.

HOUSING ASSISTANCE

Free community housing is available. To inquire, complete this form http://bit.do/NQAPIAhousing2015 or email coordinator@nqapia.org.

NQAPIA MEMBER GROUPS ONLY

With the generous support of foundations to support the capacity building of LGBT AAPI groups, NQAPIA is able to provide one hotel room at the Crowne Plaza for three nights for each of the LGBT Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander organizations across the country. Each room can accommodate up to 4 persons. Contact Glenn Magpantay at glenn_magpantay@nqapia.org or call 917-439-3158 for more information.

FUNDRAISING SUPPORT

To help you get to the conference, NQAPIA can serve as a fiscal sponsor for any groups seeking a tax-exempt [501(c)(3)] non-profit organization to accept foundation grants or tax-deductible donations. Funds can be earmarked for a specific organization, city, or constituency. To learn more, contact Glenn Magpantay at glenn_magpantay@nqapia.org or call 917-439-3158.

DONATIONS

If you are able, would you kindly make a donation to support others to attend the conference?

Exhibiting & Advertising – 2015 National Conference

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AAPIs are among the fastest growing minority groups in the nation and are an emerging sector of the LGBTQ community. Exhibitng or advertising at the NQAPIA conference provides maximum visibility and is a strategic opportunity to achieve marketing goals to both the LGBT and Asian American communities.

Details
A prospectus with detailed information about exhibiting, advertising, and branding opportunities is here: NQAPIA 2015 Prospectus for Sponsors Ads Exhibits.

Payments can be made here

To learn more, contact Glenn Magpantay at glenn_magpantay@nqapia.org or 917-439-3158.

SizeDimensions (w x h)Price
Cover7.5” x 10”Reserved for top sponsors
Full-Page7.5” x 10”$300
Half-Page7.5” x 5”$150
Quarter-Page3.75” x 5$75
Name listing onlyline$50
*Exhibit TablesPrice
Corporate & Governement$500
Non-profits or Small Businesses$250
Small non-profits or Community Organizations$100
*Exhibit tables are 3’ x 9’
**Exhibitors all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning
***NOTE: All Diamond, Gold, Pearl, Jade, Lotus, and Jasmine Sponsors receive complimentary exhibiting space, bag inserts, and full-page program book advertisements.

 

Why Exhibit and Advertise at NQAPIA’s National Conference?

  • NQAPIA is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, so contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.
  • The conference provides a unique opportunity for visibility among the leading LGBT and AAPI community leaders and professionals, as well as national figures, including elected officials, policy makers and advocates.
  • Nearly 90% of gays and lesbians report that a brand’s sponsorship of LGBT events favorably influences their buying decisions. (Community Marketing, Inc., 2007).
  • The buying power of gay and lesbian consumers is likely to exceed $835 billion. This unparalleled brand loyalty is a compelling reason for any company to partner with an LGBT organization. (The Gay and Lesbian Market in the US by Witeck-Combs Communications Inc., in Packaged Facts 2007.)
  • Asian American buying power was estimated at $543.7 billion in 2010 and is projected to climb to $775.1 billion in 2015. The increase is the highest of all race/ethnic groups. (The Multicultural Economy 2010 by the Selig Center for Economic Growth in Packaged Facts; InterTrend Communication’s Knowledge Center 2007, TVB Media Marketing.)

About the Conference

About

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance is a federation of LGBT Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations. NQAPIA builds the organizational capacity of local LGBT AAPI groups, develops leadership, invigorates local organizing, and challenges homophobia, transphobia, sexism, and racism.

NQAPIA coordinates national conferences only once every three years. Prior conferences were held in Washington, DC in 2012 with 350 attendees and Seattle, WA in 2009 with 250 attendees.

Over 350 people attended the National Conference in Chicago from August 6th – 9th, 2015.

GOALS

The conference goals are to network, organize, agitate, educate, and build capacity of the nation’s LGBT AAPI community. We are committed to inclusion in every phase of conference planning, outreach, execution, and evaluation. Overall, we hope to press a progressive agenda that will bring all LGBT racial and ethnic minority groups into the full-fold of their families, society, the LGBT movement, and the AAPI community.

Activities

A public Request for Proposals (RFP) allowed our community to build the conference programming, including workshops, panel discussions, presentations, open forums, caucuses, daylong strategy meetings, and performance art.

  • Conference-Wide Plenaries will address Racial Justice, Trans Justice, and International Solidarity.
  • Workshops will cover a wide array of topics on politics, organizing, professional development, skills, arts and culture, health and wellness, fundraising, and more.
  • Caucuses will provide opportunities to network based on region, topic, or identity (e.g., women, transgender, students/youth, bisexuals, South Asians, polyamorous).
  • Social and cultural activities will allow us to recharge ourselves, connect with each other, and recognize our cultures.
  • A General Membership Meeting at the conference end will be a strategic opportunity to discuss next steps, give feedback, and evaluate the conference.
  • National Community Catalyst Awards Banquet will honor those who have improved the lives of the LGBT AAPI community. This event is for all ages, and a 10-course dinner and dancing will follow.

OTHER WEEKEND EVENTS

Northalstead Market Days
Two-day festival in Boystown with live musical acts by renowned artists and street vendors
Saturday & Sunday
August 8 – 9, 2015

Lavender Law
The LGBT Bar Association’s annual Convention, Career Fair, and LGBT Expo at the Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile
Wednesday – Saturday
August 5 – 8, 2015

2015 National Conference

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Thriving Together: Queer APIs Building Community, Solidarity, & Movement

A National Conference of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders

Over 350 LGBT AAPIs and allies from across the nation came together in Chicago for the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance’s (NQAPIA) 2015 National Conference. The Conference was locally hosted by Invisible to Invincible (i2i) and Trikone-Chicago.

MEMORIES

Watch our immigration video

Scroll through pictures on our Facebook page

HIGHLIGHTS

100 Workshops and Nationally-Renowned Speakers
Cultural Performances
National Community Catalyst Awards Banquet
South Asian Pre-Conference Institute
Women’s Workshop Track
National Strategy Meeting
Parents Convening
Youth Gathering

SAVE THE DATE

August 6th – 9th, 2015

CITY

Chicago, IL

CONTACT

Conference Coordinator
Ryan Viloria: coordinator (at) nqapia (dot) org

SPONSORS

Anonymous
Alphawood Foundation
Arcus Foundation
David Bohnett Foundation
Ford Foundation
Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
Walter and Evelyn Haas, Jr. Fund

MORE CONFERENCE DETAILS

About the Conference
Location
Registration
Workshops & Tracks
General Schedule Overview
Travel & Housing Assistance
Sponsorship Opportunities
Exhibiting & Advertising

DONATE

Support the conference with a donation

June 2013 E-blast: LGBT Pride, Immigration, Community Catalyst Awards, and MORE

June is wrapping up on a high note!  With historic movement in Washington, DC on immigration and marriage equality, and unprecedented celebrations at Pride events around the country, Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) lesbian,gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities have been at the center of the action!

In this e-blast, find out more information about the following:

NQAPIA Annoucements and Activities:  Intern Corner, Immigration, and NQAPIA Community Catalyst Awards

Around the Horn:   DesiQ, LGBT Pride

News and Notes:  Supreme Court, ENDA, SSA

NQAPIA Announcements and Activities

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Intern Corner:  We are pleased to welcome interns Steven Cong and Elizabeth Duthinh to Team NQAPIA this summer.  Check out their reflections and observations every week on our blog.  This week, they offer their take on what’s been an historic week in the nation’s capital.

Immigration: NQAPIA took our communities’ voices to Capitol Hill as the Senate took an historic vote on comprehensive immigration reform.  With Tony Choi, a queer undocumented immigration from New Jersey, we delivered 2,700 postcards to the Senate, meeting with Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ).

NQAPIA Community Catalyst Awards: We are pleased to announce our annual Community Catalyst Awards this year, which will be held at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel in Honolulu, HI.  Join us on Saturday, July 27 as we honor former NFL football player and LGBT activist Esera Tuaolo and UNITE HERE Local 5.  Check us out on Facebook for more information.

 

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Around the Horn: AAPI LGBT Action Across the Country

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San Francisco, CA:  Hundreds of LGBT South Asians from around the world are converging on San Franicsco this coming weekend for the DesiQ conference.  NQAPIA is going to be there in full force July 4-6.  For more information, click here.

LGBT Pride:  We’ve been documenting local groups’ LGBT Pride contingents all month.  Cities like New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Twin Cities, and Seattle are closing us out this weekend.  We are gathering images and stories about queer AAPIs making our voices heard.  Tell us your story at nqapia@gmail.com

News and Notes: Legislative and Policy Roundup

Photo from getequal.org

Supreme Court:  NQAPIA monitored a number of issues taken on by the Supreme Court in their recently concluded session.  While much of the news coverage (particularly in the LGBT media) has focused on marriage equality, NQAPIA weighed in on cases that were decided on issues such as Affirmative Action and Voting Rights.  We joined a national statement from the LGBT community expressing our disappointmenent on their ruling on Voting Rights.

Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA): Out & Equal released a new report that explores the discrimination LGBT employees face in the workforce. You can check out their report here.

Social Security Administration (SSA):  Transgender communities got good news this month when the SSA announced new policies that will improve people’s ability to change the gender markers on their identity documents, including their Social Security cards.  Our friends at the National Center for Transgender Equality issued this factsheet explaining the new policies.