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!


Workshops & Tracks

Conference Workshop Tracks or Programming Clusters

100 workshops on the following areas, among others:

  • Leadership development
  • Advocacy and organizing skills
  • Organizational capacity building
  • Social justice issues – race, gender, immigrants rights, etc.
  • Philanthropy – fundraising and resourcing
  • Sex and sexuality
  • Faith
  • Gender justice
  • Racial justice
  • Youth
  • International
  • Professional Development / Corporate Advancement
  • Health and Wellness
  • Arts & Culture

Special Pre-Conference Convenings and Workshop Tracks

  • Leaders of LGBT API organizations (NQAPIA Member Groups)
  • Philanthropy – LGBT API Donors and Funders
  • Religious Leaders – Ministers, Pastors, and Clergy
  • Youth
  • International – from Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam Sri Lanka, India
  • LGBT API Professionals and Corporate Leaders
  • South Asian planning for DesiQ

Plenary Topics

Friday Lunch Plenary – Intersectionality: Being All of Who We Are

  • Safety and Security
  • Family Acceptance
  • Affirming Faith
  • Career Advancement
  • Safe Space and Community (organizations)
  • Trans Inclusion

Saturday Breakfast Plenary – Asserting Our Agenda: Advocacy and Organizing

  • Racial Justice
  • Immigrants’ Rights
  • Trans and Gender Justice
  • Heath
  • International

Sunday Brunch Plenary – Where Do We Go From Here

  • Future Program Planning
  • Establish Working Groups and Follow Up Plans
  • Taking the Conference Home

Submit a Workshop

Workshop submissions for NQAPIA’s National Conference are now closed, but if you have been invited to submit a  proposal, please follow

  • Title
  • Session Description (for publication)
  • Session Type
  • Track Classification
  • Abstract (to evaluate your proposal)
  • Session Outline (describes the flow of your session)
  • Materials Needed
  • Contact Information

About the Conference

Every three (3) years, NQAPIA coordinates a National Conference to bring together LGBTQ APIs from across the nation where they can be all of who they are to be affirmed, learn, and grow. We seek to build a world where every LGBTQ API person can live their lives authentically in their homes, families, places of workshop, jobs, professions, schools and communities.

Conference Objectives

The conference goals are to network, organize, train, educate, and build capacity of the nation’s LGBTQ API community.

Networking: The conference will bring together several constituencies of the LGBTQ API community—local community leaders, grassroots activists, youth, professionals, parents, health advocates, organizational heads, international activists, funders, and donors—to exchange ideas and strategies. Networking inspires new solutions and rejuvenates existing ones. We hope to solidify current relationships and make new connections at local, regional, national, and transnational levels.

Education: The conference seeks to increase awareness on current issues confronting LGBTQ APIs. Mainstream API civil rights and immigrants’ rights issues require a queer analysis. At the same time, LGBTQ rights require an approach that considers race, ethnicity, and immigration. We will review a range of topics including immigration reform, family acceptance, racial justice, trans justice, and international solidarity.

Organizing: Conference organizers hope the conference will help identify and build a political agenda for LGBTQ APIs, brainstorm ideas for political action, and map out existing resources in the community. This must be founded upon intersections of different forms of oppressions and multi-issue organizing. This includes workshops on Trans Justice, Challenging Anti-Blackness, Solidarity Organizing, and Direct Action skills building.

Building Capacity: We hope to give leaders and members of LGBTQ API organizations tools to better achieve their goals and overcome challenges. This includes workshops on leadership, building a team, board development, communications and media, grant writing, engaging volunteers/members, and grassroots fundraising.

Inclusion: Conference planners are taking affirmative steps to meaningfully involve those who have been traditionally underrepresented—including women, people of transgender experience, young people, Pacific Islanders, and activists outside of the Coasts—to ensure that the conference is pan-Asian. Organizers will target outreach, and we hope to provide travel scholarships to ensure inclusion.

Overall, we hope to build community and advance an agenda that will bring all LGBTQ racial and ethnic minority groups into the full fold of society, the LGBTQ movement, and the API community.

Decision Making and Planning

We hope to be transparent and inclusive in planning the national conference. The majority of the work and decision-making will be centered in our Conference Planning Committee made up of both local and national representatives. Anyone can join either of the committees. The Local Planning Committee will coordinate logistics, off-site venues, community housing, local recruitment, performances, social activities, accessibility, and local fundraising. The National Planning Committee will coordinate programming—including workshops, speakers, national fundraising, and national recruitment. Each Committee will inform the other and will be supported by NQAPIA staff.


Draft Conference Schedule

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Time Event
9:00A – 5:00P Pre-Conference Strategy Meetings

  • Parents of LGBTQ kids
  • Philanthropy – LGBT API Donors and Funders
  • Religious Leaders – Ministers and Pastors
  • LGBT API Professionals and Corporate Leaders / Members
  • South Asian planning for DesiQ
6:30P – 9:00P Welcoming Reception (Off-Site)

Friday, July 27, 2018

Time Event
8:00A – 9:00A Continental Breakfast & Welcome
9:15A – 10:45A Session 1: Workshops
11:00A – 1:00P Lunch Plenary
Intersectionality: Being All of Who We Are
1:15P – 2:45P Session 2: Workshops
3:00P – 4:30P Session 3: Workshops
4:45P – 5:45P Session 4: Caucuses
6:00P Dinner on your own
8:00P – 10:00P Show/Cultural Performance
10:00P – 12:00A Late-Night Karaoke

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Time Event
8:15A – 10:15A Breakfast Plenary
Asserting our Agenda: Advocacy and Organizing
10:30A – 12:00P Session 5: Workshops
12:15P – 1:15P Lunch on your own OR Special Lunchtime Meetings

  • Donors & Philanthropy Funders
  • Ministers, Pastors, & Religious Leaders
  • Professionals & Corporate Leaders
  • Leaders of LGBTQ API Organizations (NQAPIA Member Groups)
  • Youth
  • International (Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, India)
1:15P – 2:45P Session 6: Workshops
3:00P -4:30P Session 7: Workshops
4:45P – 5:45P Session 8: Caucuses
6:30P – 12:00A GAPA Anniversary and Community Catalyst AWards Celebration Banquet (offsite)

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Time Event
9:30A – 11:00A Session 9: Workshops
11:15A – 12:15P Brunch Plenary
Where Do We Go from Here?
12:30P – 1:30P Session 10: Regional Caucuses
1:45P – 2:30P Plenary: Report Backs, Next Steps, Evaluation, Closing
3:00P – 6:00P Optional Outing: San Francisco Walking Tour

Exhibitors all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning

Location & Accommodations

Hilton San Francisco Financial DistrictAll conference workshops will be held at the Hilton San Francisco Financial District, and a block of rooms have been reserved at the conference hotel.

Hilton San Francisco Financial District
750 Kearny St
San Francisco, CA 94108

A special, discounted conference rate of  $169 per night per room plus tax is available. You must book your discounted hotel room by July 1, 2018 with the reservation code “NQAPIA 2018.”


Book your discounted hotel room today!


2018 National Conference

Growing Home NQAPIA Conference 2018

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)—a federation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander (API) organizations—is planning a 400-person LGBTQ API National Conference from July 26-29, 2018 in San Francisco, CA.  NQAPIA develops LGBTQ API leadership, builds the capacity of local organizations, invigorates grassroots organizing and advocacy, and challenges anti-LGBTQ prejudice, racism, and anti-immigrant bias. This conference is locally hosted by NQAPIA’s federation members and dedicated individuals.


Thursday, July 26 to Sunday, July 29, 2018

Location and Accommodations

Hilton San Francisco Financial District
750 Kearny St
San Francisco, CA 94108


Expected 350-400 attendees


Tracy Nguyen, Conference Coordinator
coordinator (at) nqapia (dot) org

More Conference Details

About the Conference
Location & Accommodations
Workshops & Tracks

Support the Conference

Contact Conference Coordinator Tracy Nguyen at coordinator (at) nqapia (dot) org to join the Conference Committee

Make a contribution to the conference by making a donation

Location – 2015 National Conference


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.


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.


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  or email

Registration – NQAPIA 2015 National Conference


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 to inquire.

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

Full Conference Registration Fee – $225


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



Regular Registration


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


NQAPIA Member Groups (until July 23)


Late Registration (after July 30 and at the door)


One-Day ONLY


Community Catalyst Awards Dinner ONLY




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.


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


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


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:


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.


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 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.)