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NQAPIA 2015 Conference

NQAPIA 2015 Conference

Thriving Together: Queer APIs Building Community, Solidarity & Movement

August 6-9, 2015

 

Every three years, we come together  to network, organize, agitate, educate and build at the nation’s largest gathering of LGBT AAPI communities. This year we’re excited to be in Chicago with Invisible to Invincible (i2i) and Trikone-Chicago in the spirit of Thriving Together: Queer APIs Building Community, Solidarity & Movement.

You are invited to submit a proposal!

To thrive as a movement we must strive to discuss what it is to be in community and work towards solidarity. Thriving Together: Queer APIs Building Community, Solidarity & Movement is a chance for us to convene the bright minds, hearts, voices and talents that make up our community—YOU! It’s chance for NQAPIA members and partners to learn concrete skills from one another and to help our organizations thrive.

Join us August 6-9 in Chicago! Share as leaders of LGBT AAPI organizations, artists, social justice lovers, and those who just want to help build our queer APIA community.

NQAPIA National Conference

Submit a proposal!

Thriving Together: Queer APIs Building Community, Solidarity & Movement

Proposals are due February 23rd, 2015.

We are looking for ideas on workshops, trainings, arts and cultural performances, caucuses, and pre-conference convenings. SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL HERE!

For questions please email glenn_magpantay@nqapia.org.

Official NQAPIA 2015 RFP

 

NQAPIA Regional Summits

caption: 2010 NQAPIA Chicago Summit

 

NQAPIA is excited to announce our 2014 Regional Summits! In previous years, we have brought leaders from AAPI LGBT organizations for one national face-to-face meeting that provides opportunities to build community, build skills, and build knowledge together. For 2014, in order to improve local partnerships and build local presence, instead of doing one national meeting, we will be holding five, count ’em, 5 Regional Summits.

We’re proud to work with local Planning Committees to bring Regional Summits in the following cities:

April 4-6: Atlanta, GA

April 11-13: Portland, OR

July 18-20: Philadelphia, PA

July 25-27: Fresno, CA

August 15-17: Minneapolis, MN

The Regional Summits are, for the most part, invitation only and open to organizations that are part of the NQAPIA alliance. The notable exception is Atlanta, where we are happy to accept registration from AAPI LGBT identified advocates and leaders from across the South (registration is here: https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/7100/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=69594)

For more information about the Summits, please contact me via e-mail at ben_deguzman@nqapia.org.

 

Thanks!

Ben de Guzman, NQAPIA Co-Director for Programs

 

NQAPIA at Creating Change

It’s that Creating Change time of year again!  For those of you who don’t know, Creating Change: The National Conference on LGBT Equality might be the largest conference of its kind, bringing thousands of LGBTQ advocates, leaders, policymakers, and allies together annually.  This year, the conference will be held at the Hilton of the Americas in Houston, TX January 29-February 2.

NQAPIA has historically played a leading role in convening programming for AAPIs at the conference.  This year will be no different, and we are involved with a number of sessions relevant to AAPIs and communities of color.

For those in our communities who celebrate, Lunar New Year this year happens during the conference, as we welcome the Year of the Horse.  We are planning a special recognition of this holiday to share with the entire conference.

A list of events we are involved in that are relevant for AAPI communities appears below.  Many of them are open to all and we encourage active participation.  Allies’ respect for the safe spaces designated specifically for AAPIs is appreciated:

Thursday, January 29

9:00 AM – 6:30 PM (Day-Long Institutes)

AAPI FocusBuilding a Queer AAPI Movement

Day-Long Institute safe space for AAPIs

 

Friday, January 25

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM (Workshop Session 2)

Building a South Asian Queer Movement

Session on queer South Asian movement building- open to all

 

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM (Caucus Session 1)

South Asian Caucus

Safe space for self-identified South Asian participants*

 

Saturday, February 1

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM (Workshop Session 5)

Build Community Through Arts, Storytelling and Media

Session presented by the Visibility Project*

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Because You’re Brown, Honey Gurl!: A Workshop on Race, Capitalism, and Desire

Session presented by Janani Balasubramaniam and Alok Vaid-Menon. Three hour workshop for people of color.*

 

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM (Workshop Session 6)

Mapping Power: LGBTQ AAPI Organizing for Social Change

NQAPIA AAPI Organizing Workshop open to all

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM 

Special Lunch Discussion on Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Youth: ROOM 333

Discussion for people of color on the implications of California bill AB1266 (School Success and Opportunity Act). Lunch will be provided.

 

4:45 PM – 6:15 PM (Workshop Session 8)

From Sugarland to the Beltway: Local and Federal Responses in the Fight for Immigrant Justice

NQAPIA Immigration Workshop open to all

 

6:30PM – 7:30 PM: (Caucus Session 2)

Building Our QAPI Movement: A Caucus for Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders

Safe space for self-identified AAPI participants

 

8:00 PM (Time and Venue TBD)

QPOC Meet-Up and Reception

 

Sunday, February 2

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM (Workshop Session 9)

Two Spirits, One Heart: A Mother’s Love, a Transgender Son’s Courage: ROOM 335B

A panel by Marsha Aizumi, API PFLAG- SGV, and Aiden Aizumi*

 

[*Not officially affiliated with NQAPIA]

 

A highlight of our programming at Creating Change will be the fourth annual AAPI Institute.

This Institute seeks to further the presence, visibility, and engagement of AAPIs in LGBT social justice movements as well as at Creating Change. The Institute is open only to AAPIs. The theme of this year’s Institute is “Healing, Resilience, and Wellbeing in Queer AAPI Communities.” Sessions will focus on community building, skills development, and education on issues of common concern, including mental health and wellness/ self-care.

Expected outcomes for the Institute include:

  • A robust network of LGBT AAPI activists around the country
  • Concrete strategies to overcome barriers that frustrate LGBT AAPI organizing
  • Deeper understanding of AAPI LGBT communities and histories, and common issues of concern
  • Increased leadership and organizing skills
  • A sharper analysis of intersecting oppressions at work in our communities, including (but not limited to): homophobia, transphobia, racism, xenophobia, misogyny, heteronormativity, religious bigotry, colonialism/imperialism, ableism, ageism and their impact on building a queer AAPI movement.

 

For more information, contact Ben de Guzman: ben_deguzman@nqapia.org (e-mail); 202-422-4909 (cell)

 

NQAPIA Southern Regional Summit: Request for Proposals

Photo Caption:  NQAPIA in the South for the June 2010 Atlanta LGBT Immigration Forum 

We are excited to move forward with our NQAPIA Regional Summit in Atlanta!  Please see the Request for Workshop Proposals below.  Please note that this Summit has limited space and will prioritize individuals working with LGBT AAPI communities in the South.

Deadline to submit proposals is January 10, 2014.  Proposals can be e-mailed to florencye@gmail.com per the instructions below.

For more information, e-mail femmetron@gmail.com or glenn_magpantay@nqapia.org.

Request for Workshop Proposals for

NQAPIA Southern Regional Summit of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender

Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders

April 4 to 6, 2014

Atlanta, GA

 

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is collaborating with local leaders in the South for a Southern Regional Summit of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in Atlanta the weekend of April 4 to 6, 2014.

NQAPIA is a federation of LGBT AAPI organizations.  NQAPIA seeks to build local capacity, invigorate grassroots organizing, develop leadership, and challenge homophobia, racism, and anti-immigrant bias.  The Regional Summit is a conference that aims to bring together 50 LGBT AAPI activists from across the South to network, organize, agitate, educate, and build capacity of the nation’s LGBT AAPI community.  (See the Conference Concept Paper for more details.)

This request for proposals is for possible workshops at the Southern Regional Summit.  A planning committee will decide the array of topics.  We hope for a wide array of topics on politics, organizing, community building efforts, arts and culture, health and wellness, organizational development trainings, fundraising and leadership development, advocacy topics such as state/local non-discrimination laws and immigrants’ rights, and others.  Caucuses will provide attendees with opportunities to network with others in their local areas or affinities.  On Sunday, a strategic General Membership Meeting will discuss next steps and review organizational business, as well as time to give feedback and evaluate the conference.  Social activities are also being planned.

No travel support or honorariums will be provided for workshop presenters.  However, we are pleased to offer registration fee waivers for all presenters.

For More Information, Contact:

Asha Leong at femmetron@gmail.com or 404-668-2742 or

Glenn D. Magpantay at glenn_magpantay@nqapia.org or 917-439-3158.

 

Submit proposals to Florence Tang, florencye@gmail.com by January 10, 2014.

 

 

 

Request for Workshop Proposals at NQAPIA Southern Regional Summit of

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender

Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders

April 4 to 6, 2014

Atlanta, GA

Contact Name

Organizational Affiliation (if any)

Mailing Address  

Phone

Email

 

SESSION TYPE:

¨ Workshop.

¨ Open Caucus – for networking time to strategize (anyone can participate)

¨ Safe Caucus – for specific communities (e.g. ethnicity, gender/ gender-ID etc.) that are limited only to participants with that affinity.

 

TITLE: Please provide a short title for the session that will be included in conference materials.

DESCRIPTION: Please provide a brief (50-75 words) description of the session to be printed.

PRESENTER INFOPlease provide contact information (name, affiliation, phone, email, and demographics) for proposed presenters.  We encourage presenters to be balanced in terms of gender, gender-identity, ethnicity, age, etc.

 

Presenter #1

Name

Email

Organization

Phone

Address

City/State/Zip

Identity/ies (for diversity)

 

Presenter #2

Name

Email

Organization

Phone

Address

City/State/Zip

Identity/ies (for diversity)

 

Presenter #3

Name

Email

Organization

Phone

Address

City/State/Zip

Identity/ies (for diversity)

 

 

ABSTRACT:  Please provide a more detailed abstract (150-200 words) on the session, describing the importance of this workshop/caucus, needs to be addressed, or goals.  Abstracts will not be included in conference materials, but will help the Planning Committee evaluate proposals.

 

 

IMPORTANT DATES

January 10 – Workshop Proposals Due

February 1 – Notification of accepted workshops

March 1 – Finalization of workshops and conference schedule developed

April 4 to 6 – Conference

 

Thank you!

Please submit this form by January 10, 2014 to Florence Tang, florencye@gmail.com

Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and Immigration Take Center Stage at LGBT Summit in Hawai’i

National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) holds first LGBT Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander convening, focuses leadership training on both immigration reform and indigenous concerns for LGBT communities

For Immediate Release: Friday, August 2

Contact: Ben de Guzman

E-mail: ben_deguzman@nqapia.org

Phone: 202-422-4909

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July 25th-28th: Hawaiʻi Summit (2013) // A Training and Issue Briefing for Leaders of LGBT AAPI Organizations

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is organizing a weekend long training and issue briefing for leaders of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations. Local leaders from around the country will convene to network, learn about current issues, share strategies, and build […]

2013 – Hawai’i Summit

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is organizing a weekend long training and issue briefing for leaders of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations. Local leaders from around the country will convene to network, learn about current issues, share strategies, and build the infrastructure of their organizations. Two members from each NQAPIA member organization will be invited to participate in the Summit to build a diverse body of participants (gender, gender expression, ethnicity, age, region, etc.). NQAPIA will cover lodging, meals, and ground transport, local organizations will cover their own flights. NQAPIA will also host special convenings for Pacific Islander LGBT leaders and LGBT students from the University of Hawaiʻi system.

SUMMIT ACTIVITIES

• Leadership Training: Skills-building sessions to develop leadership in a variety of areas
• Issue Briefing: Focus on issues of concern at local and national levels
• Program Planning: Discussion of NQAPIA projects and organizational structure
• Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Solidarity: Building awareness of LGBT Native
Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities and issues of concern, including: sovereignty,
HIV/ AIDS, disparities, inclusion and outreach
• Saturday Night Community Catalyst Fundraiser: Support NQAPIA and Hawaiʻi
organizations as we honor local and national leaders for their track record in Asian
American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander LGBT communities
• NQAPIA Program Update and Business: Discussion of NQAPIA initiatives and coordination between local groups and national organization

AGENDA

Thursday – July 25
• Pacific Islander Convening
• UH LGBT Student Convening
• Evening Reception- Open for Summit participants, small fee for other guests

Friday – July 26
• Welcome and Introduction
• Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander
• Solidarity Building
• Welcoming Reception

Saturday – July 27
• Training and Issue Briefing
• NQAPIA Community Catalyst Award

Sunday – July 28
• NQAPIA National Program and Activities

Monday – July 29
• Voluntary pay-on-your-own social outings

Join us at Presence, Power, Progress! The NQAPIA National Conference

Join us at Presence, Power, Progress! The NQAPIA National Conference

We want your Presence and Power to help us make Progress at the NQAPIA National Conference! We’ll be in Washington DC from July 19-22 and we’re hoping you’ll join us!

See our Facebook Event. Register: here.

Add your voice to over 300 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders activists and attendees across the United States.

Together we’ll network, organize, agitate, educate, and build the capacity of the nation’s LGBT AAPI community.  We have in store:

  • Amazing workshops
  • Exciting presentations, discussions, and forums
  • Networking caucuses
  • Inspirational speakers
  • Moving performance arts
  • And more!

Phillip reflects:

“When I went to NQAPIA’s last conference in August 2009, I didn’t know what to expect. I discovered a community of people who faced similar issues and shared my passions. I left the conference with new friends, a greater understanding of who I am, and commitment to our community.”

Alison exclaims:

I know that this year’s conference will catalyze leadership in local queer and trans API movements, connect participants into a network of support, and invigorate our collective power. I can’t wait to see you there!

We’re preparing to host you for a transformative weekend that celebrates our diverse and complex communities. Join us to connect with new friends, create fond memories and strengthen your ability to fight for the rights and dignity of our communities.

You can register here: NQAPIA Conference Registration.

In community,

Alison Lin & Phillip Ozaki
NQAPIA Board Co-Chairs
www.nqapia.org

PS. If you want to support the conference, please donate here . You can help us ensure that more voices are present by providing registration scholarships for those with fewer financial resources.

Nat’l Conference Request for Proposals -Deadline Extended to Dec 31

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is pleased to announce its Request for Proposals (RFP) for workshops and cultural activities for the NQAPIA 2012 Conference . The theme for the 2012 conference is “Presence, Power, Progress.”

Please submit proposals by, DECEMBER 31, 2011. Decisions to be announced in January 2012. We recommend that you save a copy of the RFP so that you can fill out the form separately before entering it online. You can access the RFP directly here.

Here is more info on the conference and the RFP:This year’s conference committee looks forward to providing the opportunity for everyone to help promote individual and organizational team-building, break barriers and establish grounds for progress and (re)strengthen our movements as a unified community. This RFP will allow participants to help develop the conference programming from issue-based workshop sessions to arts and cultural performances and programming.The conference seeks to network, organize, agitate, educate, and build capacity of the nation’s LGBTQ AAPI community, and are committed to principles of inclusion in every phase of conference planning, outreach, execution and evaluation. There will be workshops, panel discussions, presentations, open forums, caucuses, speakers, and performance art.This Request for Proposals (RFP) for workshops and cultural activities is to maximize community involvement. We hope for a wide array of topics on politics, organizing, skills, arts and culture, health and wellness, and others. We hope for presenters to be balanced in terms of gender/gender- identity, geography, and ethnicity. Caucuses will provide attendees with opportunities to network. Some will be regional meetings based on geography, others peer-support based on identity, such as women, transgender, students/youth, bisexuals, South Asians, polyamorous, etc. Social and cultural activities are also planned to recharge ourselves, connect with each other and recognize our cultures.Funding and Support: Funding for the conference is particularly tight, but we are focused on making this space accessible, particularly for sectors of our community with limited resources. Your partnership and flexibility are greatly appreciated.There will be no reduced conference fees for presenters (with our apologies) but all participants (speakers and performers), will be able to apply for scholarships for reduced registration fees. At this time there is no support for travel or hotel. In addition, A/V is a particularly expensive commodity at the conference venue, and we will have limited ability to provide this for presenters.

National Conference Save the Date!!!

 

SAVE THE DATE and Request for Proposals!

Join us JULY 19-22 in Washington, DC!!

Presence Power Progress

A National Conference of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender

Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders

to network, organize, agitate, educate, and build capacity of the nation’s LGBT AAPI community.

 

July 19-22, 2012

Washington, DC

 

Crystal Gateway Marriott

1700 Jefferson Davis Highway

Arlington, VA 22202

 

Highlights

Desi/ South Asian Programming

Women’s/ Feminist Programming

Parents Convening

Youth Gathering

Trans Programming

Workshops and Nationally Renowned Speakers and Keynotes

Cultural performances

NQAPIA Community Catalyst Awards Banquet

National Strategy Meeting of LGBT AAPIs

 

Request for Proposals

Propose a session for the conference and help build this important space!

The form is here.

For more information contact:

nqapia@gmail.com

 

NQAPIA

P.O. Box 65238

Washington, DC 20035

 

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance is a federation of LGBTQ Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander organizations.  NQAPIA seeks to build the capacity of local LGBT AAPI organizations, invigorate grassroots organizing, develop leadership, and challenge homophobia, racism, and anti-immigrant bias.