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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

Share a Coffee with Actor Conrad Ricamora

Making our Communities Visible on National Television

On this Friday morning, instead of worrying on your way to work, hearing the news and quickly grabbing some coffee to-go, join Conrad Ricamora in slowing down, making coffee at home, and donating your $5 latte money to an organization who will protect your community.

Conrad, from ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder, donated his latte money to NQAPIA after learning more about our work and Trump’s staff picks. Will you support us, just like Conrad?

Coffee with Condor

Watch Conrad Ricamora talk about his donation to NQAPIA

Last year, Conrad received NQAPIA’s Community Catalyst Award for raising the visibility of LGBT Asians and educating millions about PrEP on national television. Balitang America talks with Conrad at the banquet:

Conrad Ricamora at the 2016 Community Catalyst Awards

Watch Conrad Ricamora receive the 2016 Community Catalyst Award

Tomorrow night, NQAPIA will honor another celebrity, Ongina from RuPaul’s Drag Race (Season 1) with the 2017 Community Catalyst Awards for raising awareness of API immigrants and people living with HIV.

NQAPIA Honors Ongina from RuPaul's Drag Race at the NYC Community Catalyst Dinner on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Joy Luck Palace 98 Mott Street. Get your tickets at bit.ly/cca2017

If you cannot join, will you kindly make a donation, so someone else can attend and be with us in community during these difficult times?

Please push out this wonderful video, as our former honoree, as an effort to entice others to attend and support our work: youtu.be/xFaTOZYqj74. Thank you!

#WhyIGive
bit.ly/supportcca
#Catalyst2017
youtu.be/xFaTOZYqj74

Celebrating our Community

Dear friends,

This is a difficult time for many of us. It’s hard to find support with the deluge of despicable declarations that have been coming from the White House. But, we have to support each other. And, there are several champions in our community who have supported the queer API community and efforts to keep or community safe and fight for immigrants’ rights, racial justice, and LGBT equality.

NQAPIA is working hard to keep our community safe and secure. You can help by making a donation.

Glenn speaks at a podium

Later this month, NQAPIA will be hosting our annual Community Catalyst Awards Celebrations in New York City and Washington, DC. They are celebrations of our community, reunions with old friends, and time to inspire a new generation of leaders. Join us!

For me, they are more than just fundraising banquets. They showcase the people who inspire me and have worked hard to defend our community. Let me tell you about them and why they are so special to me.

Community Catalyst Awards Banquet in Washington, DC on March 11


Gautam RaghavanGautam Raghavan is a first-generation immigrant from India and served as President Barack Obama’s liaison to the LGBT community and the Asian American & Pacific Islander community. Before, he was Deputy White House Liaison for the U.S. Department of Defense and led efforts to undo the Pentagon’s anti-LGBT “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. He is now Vice President of Policy of the Gill Foundation where he drives federal and state efforts to ensure a level playing field for all LGBT Americans.


Miriam YeungMiriam Yeung was most recently the Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) leading the country’s advocacy on behalf of AAPI women and girls. Miriam has brought fierce intersectional analysis, practical policy advocacy, and a deep belief in powerbuilding from the base up. I recognize her as a leader in reproductive justice, immigrant rights, economic justice, and racial justice movements.


AQUA DCFor 20 years, Asian and Pacific Islander Queers United for Action (AQUA DC) has been promoting positive identity and advocating for the general welfare of the API GBTQ male-identified members of the of the Washington, DC metro area. I’ve know the “AQUA boys” for over 15 years and have always admired their advocacy, coalition building, education, networking, outreach, and support.


Where would our community be were it not for Gautam, Miriam, and AQUA?

Community Catalyst Awards Banquet in New York City on March 25


OnginaOngina (born Ryan Ong Palao) is flying in from Los Angeles and is originally from the Philippines. She was part of the 1st Cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race and was best known for her sweetness, fashionable runway presentations, and coming out to the world as HIV+. She now hosts Logo’s series “HIV and Me” to tell the stories of those living with HIV. Ongina inspires me with her views drag as artistic expression and an outlet for a woman stuck in a gay man’s body to come out and let loose and have fun. I can so relate.


Ng FamilyThe Ng Family is one where each member of the family has done so much for the LGBT API community (pictured left to right: Jonas, Virginia, Maxwell, and John).

Father John Ng, was educated in Hong Kong and came to the U.S. in 1974 looking to better his life and provide an opportunity for the next generation. He has spoken on several panels being the proud father of a transgender son. He has been married to his wife Virginia for 43 years.

Mother Virginia Lou Ng, has been involved in the Asian American community for over 35 years and is best known for her work at OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates (formerly the Organization of Chinese Americans) and Charles B. Wang Community Health Center. Virginia served as New Jersey Chapter President and OCA National Vice President.

Son Maxwell Ng chairs the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition. Last summer, MTPC passed legislation to protect Trans people in public accommodations. Maxwell also serves on the Steering Committee for the Queer Asian Pacific-Islander Alliance (QAPA). Founded in 1979, QAPA, is the oldest Asian queer organization in the US.

Brother Jonas Ng is a Vice President at Nationwide Bank. He has excelled as a member of the Bank’s executive leadership team and before was a Managing Director for Discover Card. He is a staunch LGBT ally and has promoted Diversity and Inclusion is at several Fortune 200 financial institutions.


I love that we are honoring a drag queen and a family.

Fundraising

It’s up to the community to support the work of NQAPIA in cultivating a new generation of LGBT API leaders, building local capacity, fighting for immigrants’ rights, and promoting family acceptance. We cannot rely on foundations, corporations, and the rich. So, at each of the dinners, Anish Tailor from KhushDC and Patrick Lee from GAPIMNY will share their personal stories and why they are supporting NQAPIA and the Queer Asian movement. All support at any level helps.

I am so excited for each of these dinners and I hope you can join us. You can buy tickets to the New York and Washington, DC dinners.

If you cannot come, please consider supporting someone else to come so that they can be in community with us. NQAPIA believes that money should never be a barrier to participating. You can donate a ticket by purchasing a ticket for either or both dinners in New York and Washington, DC.

And at the very least, a donation of any amount will help continue the critical work of these amazing honorees. Donate at bit.ly/supportcca.

I hope you can join us and be in community with us either in-person or as a donor. We need your support now more than ever.

In community and solidarity:

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Glenn D. Magpantay
Executive Director
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
glenn_magpantay@nqapia.org

#NQAPIA   bit.ly/supportcca   #Catalyst2017

Join NQAPIA’s Direct Action Trainings for People of Color

Direct Action Trainings Flyer (click to read details)

As we gear up for a Trump presidency, we have thought about how to get our people as trained as possible for what lies ahead. After talking with many of you, we’re planning a direct action organizing training series!

The goal is to get as many people of color (POC) trained to engage in direct action strategically, effectively, and as safely as possible. We also want to build relationships across our communities, since we’ll need each other now more than ever. This training series is lead and planned by queer and trans API people in collaboration with the Ruckus Society and a number of POC organizations. This training is open to all POC.

Direct Action Training Series

Los Angeles, CA – Sunday, 2/19
Washington, DC – Saturday, 2/25
New York, NY – Sunday, 2/26
Boston, MA – Saturday, 3/4
Philadelphia, PA – Sunday, 3/5
Bay Area – Saturday, 3/18
Seattle, WA – Sunday, 3/19
Chicago, IL – Saturday, 4/1

All trainings are from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Please plan to attend for the entire time. Lunch will be provided.
Sign up at bit.ly/datrainings.
We will follow up with the exact location of the training via email.

2017 Community Catalyst Awards

NQAPIA’s Community Catalyst Awards are nights for us to come together as LGBTQ AAPIs and allies and celebrate members of our community. This March, join us for our celebrations in Washington, DC and New York, NY.

DC Community Catalyst Awards Invitation

Washington, DC Community Catalyst Awards

Honorees

  • Gautam Raghavan
    • Vice President of Policy for the Gill Foundation and former liaison to the LGBT and AAPI communities for President Barack Obama
  • Miriam Yeung
    • Former Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum
  • Asian & Pacific Islander Queers United for Action (AQUA DC)
    • 20 years of providing a safe space, raising visibility and engaging in advocacy campaigns for our communities

Tickets & Sponsorships

Includes chicken, fish, or vegetarian buffet dinner and an open beer/wine bar all night long

Purchase individual or host committee tickets at bit.ly/ccaDC2017

Become a sponsor or purchase an ad at bit.ly/ccaDC2017sponsor

Join the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1893924520894544/

NY Community Catalyst Awards

New York Community Catalyst Awards

Honorees

  • Ng Family
    • John for being a proud father of a trans son
    • Virginia for her advocacy work at OCA-New Jersey
    • Jonas for promoting corporate diversity & inclusion
    • Maxwell for leading QAPA Boston and the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition
  • Ongina
    • For making our communities visible starring in “Ru Paul’s Drag Race” (Season 1)

Tickets & Sponsorships

Includes 12-course banquet dinner and dancing

Purchase individual or host committee tickets at bit.ly/ccaNY2017

Become a sponsor or purchase an ad at bit.ly/ccaNY2017sponsor

Join the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/790111817809401/

 

Not able to make it to New York or DC?
Look forward to Community Catalyst Awards in Chicago this summer and Boston in the fall!

Showing Up in Solidarity #15YearsLater: Reflections from our Accomplices & Family

This past Sunday, on the 15th anniversary of 9/11, over 60 people created mock checkpoints across Washington, D.C. and shut down the intersection of 14th St and U St NW for two hours. As queer and trans Muslims and South Asians, we demanded an end to the legalized profiling of our people, especially by Secretary Jeh Johnson and the Department of Homeland Security.

Our partners, accomplices, and political family showed up in solidarity. They recognized that our movements for freedom are deeply connected. They recognized themselves in our struggles, and showed up in deep solidarity for our collective liberation. Here, in their own words, they explain why they took part in our #15YearsLater action, and their vision for our shared liberation.

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#15YearsLater Black Muslim Lives Matter PC: Nate Atwell

Angela Peoples, GetEQUAL – PC: Nate Atwell

Angela Peoples, GetEQUAL:

We cannot commemorate the tragic events of September 11, 2001 without also addressing the devastating violence and harm that stemmed from racist profiling and criminalization of our communities, all in the name of “safety” and “national security.” LGBTQ people of color feel the impact of this culture of fear, Islamophobia and anti immigrant sentiment every day. We will continue to stand with our Asian American and Pacific Islander family to reject this violence and demand an end to all institutions and systems that criminalize our existence.

API Resistance:

Right now Muslim majority countries in West Asia are going through the series of exploitative, Orientalist wars that plagued East and Southeast Asia in the 20th century. When one quarter of Muslims in America are black or of African-descent and when the countries with the top four largest Muslim populations are in Southeast and South Asia we need to realize that we can no longer divide our identities by race or religion. We must forget the borders that have been imposed on our lands and on our bodies. We must stand up against injustice everywhere. We will not be free until each one of us is free.

Darakshan Raja, Muslim American Women’s Policy Forum:

This was one of few multiracial, people of color led actions that centered Islamophobia. At a moment when Muslim women, femmes, trans, queer and gender non-conforming folks are being specifically targeted, it is important to build solidarity. And we need to be real that we have so much more work to do.

photo credit IG @themauricio

Lakshmi Sridaran, SAALT – PC: IG @themauricio

Lakshmi Sridaran, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT):

It was important for SAALT to support this weekend’s action to go beyond words and help people get a snapshot of the kind of profiling and surveillance our communities have experienced in the last 15 years to illustrate the largely untold story of the victims of post 9/11 government policies. It was powerful to be on the streets to educate white people and also share common experiences with other people of color and people who identify as queer and transgender who experience this impact on a daily basis.

Maha Hilal, National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms:

As we work towards ending the destructive policies of the post 9/11 era, we recognize the role of simultaneously empowering our communities to take action against these policies. We hope this will bring us one step closer to getting justice for ALL those who have been impacted by the policies of the War on Terror.

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We are part of movements larger than ourselves. We are part of fights for queer people of color liberation, Black liberation, immigrant rights, justice for Muslims, API liberation, and more. Only through movement building across our communities will we be able to achieve freedom for all our people.

The participants in #15YearsLater demonstrated that building such movements is not just necessary, but possible. We can – and we will – take the streets together, build political family, and have each others’ backs. We will achieve our liberation, together.

Thank you, again, to everyone who showed up for our collective liberation this Sunday. We will be in struggle with you, side by side, until we all get free.

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is a federation of LGBTQ Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations. We seek to build the organizational capacity of local LGBTQ AAPI groups, develop leadership, invigorate grassroots organizing, and challenge queerphobia and racism.

Parents of LGBTQ Korean Americans Launch Effort to Build Acceptance in Korean Immigrant Communities

Korean American Rainbow Parents (KARP) will kick off its outreach program in New York City with a film screening and community discussion, to be followed by a day-long seminar in Washington, D.C., for parents, activists, and allies from across the U.S. and Korea.

KARP Dol Screening

NEW YORK CITY, September 5, 2016 – Today, Korean American Rainbow Parents (KARP) announced the start of a national program of outreach and education for family members and allies of LGBTQ Korean Americans.

The initiative starts in New York City, with a film screening and community discussion on September 11, 2016, co-hosted by The Least of These Church in downtown Manhattan, the only LGBTQ-affirming Korean church in the Greater New York area. LGBTQ Korean Americans will share their stories and experiences of living with LGBTQ identities while being part of a community often known to be homophobic and transphobic. The event will also feature a screening of “Dol (First Birthday),” a short film by a Korean American director, Andrew Ahn, who made the film as a way of coming out to his parents as gay.

KARP’s outreach and education series will continue with a national seminar in Washington, D.C., on October 15, 2016, which is expected to bring dozens of Korean American parents and allies from across the country and from South Korea together for the first time. This watershed event will be the first chance for parents from across the country to build community with one another and start a conversation around how to support their LGBTQ family members’ struggle for rights and acceptance. Professor Namsoon Kang from Brite Divinity School will give a keynote address on acceptance of LGBTQ people in Christian communities.

The goal of KARP’s initiative is to provide Korean American families, especially those with LGBTQ-identifying members, with tools and strategies to see beyond their initial feelings of guilt, shame, and fear – and to instead celebrate their loved ones and help make the world safer and more accepting for them.

The need for KARP’s national effort is tremendous: Even within the broader Asian American and Pacific Islander community, LGBTQ Korean Americans face some of the strongest homophobic and transphobic pushback from their families and friends. Many cultural and historical forces drive Korean anti-LGBTQ sentiment. This has torn families apart, forced many Korean Americans to leave the community as they came out. And so far, there have been no known efforts by Korean American parents and allies to visibly support the LGBTQ community.

KARP – a coalition of accepting parents who openly support their LGBTQ kids – aims to change that. With the continued struggles of LGBTQ people in both South Korea and the U.S., it’s a crucial time for closeted parents and family members to come out in full solidarity with their LGBTQ loved ones.

Members of the media interested in learning more and/or attending both the New York City and Washington, D.C. events may contact Clara Yoon at karp.lgbtq@gmail.com. Interviews with Korean American parents and their LGBTQ loved ones may also be arranged by request.

NEW YORK CITY EVENT:
September 11, 2016
4-6 PM
The Least of These Church (Judson Memorial Church, Garden Room) , New York, NY 10012

WASHINGTON D.C. ALL-DAY SEMINAR:
October 15, 2016
Holy Cross Korean Episcopal Church
Fairfax, Virginia

These events are being sponsored or supported by following Korean American LGBTQ and Ally organizations:
Nabi USA – Washington DC (Butterfly for Hope Fund)
Coalition of Korean American (National and DC Chapter)
D.C. Korean Methodist Church
Holy Cross Korean Episcopal Church, Fairfax, Virginia
AAPI LGBTQ Parent Support Group of Greater Washington DC
API Rainbow Parents of PFLAG New York City (ARP PFLAG NYC)
The Least of These Church, New York, NY
Dari Project
National Queer Asian and Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)*

*NQAPIA is our fiscal sponsor.

CONTACT:

Clara Yoon – Korean American Rainbow Parents
Email: karp.lgbtq@gmail.com
Phone Number: 917.716.6705

Read PDF versions of the KARP Press Release in English or KARP Press Release in Korean.

韓裔同志社區組織與盟友們共同譴責鄭勝振之恐懼非異性戀者的言論

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 31, 2016
Media Contact: Mark Ro Beyersdorf, dariproject@gmail.com, (347) 669-2584
Organizational representatives are available for interviews

韓裔同志社區組織與盟友們共同譴責鄭勝振之恐懼非異性戀者的言論

針對州參議員參選人與韓裔社區領袖鄭勝振於8月29日刊登於紐約每日日報歧視非異性戀者的(同性戀者、雙性戀者、跨性別者、性別認同疑惑者, 英文簡稱LGBTQ)言論,韓裔同志社區組織、韓裔盟友們、以及亞太裔同志社區組織的共同聲明如下:

「鄭勝振對非異性戀族群的守舊看法,對於充滿各色各樣、非異性戀移民族群色彩的皇后區而言是落伍的。
身為韓裔非異性戀組織與其同盟,看見一位對韓裔社區有如此重大貢獻的人物發表對於非異性戀社群、婚姻以及公共教育的偏歧言論,我們深感失望。其從教科書中刪去非異性戀者存在的有害訴求,抹煞了尋求同為非異性戀者和韓裔身份認同的我們和我們家人的存在一樣。

當一個社區領袖,如鄭勝振,發表歧視同志以及跨性別(恐同、恐跨)的言論時,這無疑地將重創社區裡正在掙扎著出櫃的年輕人。身為一位社區領袖,鄭勝振有道德責任為這些年輕非異性戀族群發聲,而不是擴大守舊的偏見。

我們呼籲鄭先生徹底反省其言辭中的有害影響,重新評估他的立場,並與簽署此聲明的組織會面。」

此聲明及通信僅提供教育用途使用,並無黨派立場。不可作為支持或反對任何參選人或其辦公室的資料。

簽署者:

  • API Rainbow Parents of PFLAG NYC (ARP PFLAG NYC)
  • Asian Pride Project
  • Dari Project
  • Gay Asian and Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY)
  • Korean Americans for Political Advancement (KAPA)
  • Korean American Rainbow Parents (KARP)
  • National Queer Asian and Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
  • Q-WAVE

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[연대성명] 정승진 후보의 성소수자 차별 발언을 규탄한다

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 31, 2016
Media Contact: Mark Ro Beyersdorf, dariproject@gmail.com, (347) 669-2584
Organizational representatives are available for interviews

[연대성명] 정승진 후보의 성소수자 차별 발언을 규탄한다

지난 8월 29일 뉴욕 데일리 뉴스는 뉴욕 주 상원의원 후보이자 한인사회 리더인 정승진 후보의 반동성애적 발언에 대해 보도했다. 이에 한국계 성소수자 단체들, 이들을 지지하는 한인들, 그리고 아시안계 성소수자 단체들은 다음과 같이 성명을 발표한다:

“성소수자에 대해 정승진 후보가 보이는 시대착오적 시각은 성소수자인 이민자들이 활발한 공동체를 이루고 살아가는 퀸즈라는 공간의 특징을 완전히 거스르고 있다. 그간 한인 사회에 크게 기여해온 정치인이 성소수자 커뮤니티, 결혼 제도, 그리고 공교육에 관하여 이토록 편협한 입장을 드러냈다는 데, 우리 성소수자 한인과 지지자들은 참담한 심정을 금할 길 없다. 교과서에서 성소수자의 존재를 삭제해야 한다는 그의 주장은 몹시 위험하다. 성소수자이자 한인으로서 일상을 살아가는 당사자들과 이들의 가족이 지금 여기 퀸즈에 존재한다는 사실을 부정하는 것이기 때문이다.

정승진 후보와 같은 지역 사회의 정치인이 동성애 혐오와 트랜스젠더 혐오를 보이면 이는 해당 지역 사회에서 자신의 성소수자 정체성을 어떻게 드러내면 좋을지 고민하는 청소년과 청년들에게 무척 해롭다. 미국 전역에서도 다양한 문화가 공존하는 지역으로 손꼽히는 퀸즈의 정치인으로서, 정 후보는 구시대적 편견을 버리고 청소년 및 청년 성소수자들을 대변해야 할 도덕적 책무가 있다.

우리는 정 후보가 자신의 발언이 얼마나 유해한지 깊이 성찰하고, 본인이 기존에 견지해 온 성소수자 차별적 입장을 재검토하기를 요청한다. 나아가 본 성명서에 연대 서명한 단체들과 만나 대화하기를 권고한다.”

해당 문건과 관련 소통은 교육적 목적만을 지니며 철저히 비당파적이고 초정파적이다.
특정 공직 후보를 지지하거나 반대할 목적으로 작성된 문건이 아님을 밝혀둔다.

한국계 성소수자와 지지 단체의 연대 성명 명단:

  • PFLAG NYC 아시아-태평양 무지개 부모모임 (ARP PFLAG NYC)
  • 아시안 프라이드 프로젝트
  • 다리 프로젝트
  • 뉴욕 아시아-태평양 게이 남성모임 (GAPIMNY)
  • 한인 정치 발전회 (KAPA)
  • 한국계 미국인 무지개 부모모임 (KARP)
  • 미주 아시아-태평양 퀴어 연대 (NQAPIA)
  • Q-WAVE

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