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.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Paul Hastings LLP
515 South Flower Street, 25th floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
235 Montgomery Street, 17th floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Gibson Dunn LLP
200 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10166-0193
Thursday, October 26, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Booz Allen Innovation Center
901 15th Street, N.W., 1st floor
Washington, DC 20001
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
Glenn D. Magpantay, Esq.
NQAPIA Executive Director and AABANY LGBT Committee Chair
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.
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 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 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.
For 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.
Community Catalyst Awards Banquet in New York City on March 25
Ongina (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.
The 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.
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.
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:
Glenn D. Magpantay
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
#NQAPIA bit.ly/supportcca #Catalyst2017
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.
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.
Washington, DC Community Catalyst Awards
- 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/
New York Community Catalyst Awards
- 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
- 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!
It’s not too late to give! Donate at www.nqapia.org/donate.
Thanks to #GivingTuesday, 52 people donated online for a total of $5,055! Thank you so much for your generous support. This means that we are more than halfway to our end-of-year goal!
After the November election, it’s so important that we continue to support each other and ramp up the work we do for our community. Here is what your donation will support:
Attorney Referral Network
|With a variety of precautions to take before and after the inauguration, we are growing our attorney referral network. If you need help now, find an attorney here. If you’d like to volunteer to help, we are still accepting attorneys.|
Racial Justice Convening
|We will host a convening of racial justice activists, tentatively in Washington, DC in May. We are excited to plan more with our federation members to have another provocative action like#15YearsLater.|
|Four Regional Summits will provide growth, support, and leadership opportunities relevant to your area, and we bridge these experiences with our national work.
We need your help to support each other with love and resources, to respond to hateful rhetoric, and to fight hard for our LGBTQ AAPI community.
All donations to NQAPIA are tax-deductible!
Donate online, or mail a check to NQAPIA at 233 5th Avenue, Suite 4A, New York, NY 10016.
Thank you for your support of the LGBTQ AAPI community. We can’t do this without you.
Did you see us in DC last week? Along with KhushDC, NQAPIA organized a protest on the 15th anniversary of 9/11. Dozens of #15YearsLater protesters blocked traffic for hours and demanded that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson end the legalized profiling of our communities: queer and trans Muslims, South Asians, and APIs.
In the morning, we created mock checkpoints all around DC – in Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, U St., and Dupont Circle. We replicated the experience of profiling for wealthy, white brunch-goers, stopping people in the street and interrogating them about their language, religious affiliation, clothing, etc.
You can read our reflections in this piece over at RaceFiles, as well as on NQAPIA’s blog. We also got great coverage from local and national news media, including the Washington Post, Washington Blade, and NBC News!
If you weren’t able to make it, please sign our petition here: bit.ly/
A huge THANK YOU to all of our co-sponsors and co-conspirators: GetEQUAL, Muslim American Women’s Policy Forum, National Coalition To Protect Civil Freedoms (NCPCF), SAALT- South Asian Americans Leading Together, API Resistance, Queer South Asian National Network (QSANN), Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), Black Lives Matter DC, ONE DC: Organizing Neighborhood Equity, UndocuBlack Network, AQUA, SALGA NYC, NAKASEC, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), AAPCHO, Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, Southerners On New Ground, and the Washington Peace Center. We couldn’t have done it without you!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.