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 Interviews with Korean American parents and their LGBTQ loved ones may also be arranged by request.

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

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.


Clara Yoon – Korean American Rainbow Parents
Phone Number: 917.716.6705

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

LGBTQ Allyship Panel Workshop

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LGBTQ Allyship Panel Workshop

This LGBTQ Allyship Panel Workshop is aimed for the general public to generate awareness of the underlying issues of the AAPI LGBTQ community and how to be better allies.


Our panelists will provide a wide range of perspectives, situations and ways allies can support the AAPI LGBTQ community.

 Shamina Singh  Andy Marra  Glenn Magpantay  Clara Yoon
Shamina Singh
MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth Executive Director
Andy Marra
Arcus Foundation Communications Manager
Glenn Magpantay
NQAPIA Executive Director
Clara Yoon
API Rainbow Parent of PFLAG-NYC Founder


At this workshop, the panelists will discuss a corporate perspective, a Family Acceptance Campaign called Family is Still Family, struggles of coming out and the need for allies, and other LGBTQ AAPI issues like immigration and racial justice after-Orlando.




Tuesday, July 19th
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.Networking reception to follow
 Asian American / Asian Research Institute (AAARI)
25 West 43rd Street, #1000
New York, NY 10036
RSVP on Eventbrite.

This event is free, but a suggested donation of $5 is appreciated.

Learn More

Learn more about NQAPIA’s Family Acceptance Campaign by watching our nine multilingual commercials created by the Asian Pride Project, by reading one of our leaflets available in 19 languages, and by attending our Family Acceptance Workshops.

#FamilyisStillFamily     #LoveisStillLove     #FamilyPride     #AAPI     #Pride

This panel was featured in News M, Korean online newspaper: 성소수자 차별받지 않는 세상을 꿈꾼다성소수자 지지를 위한 패널 워크숍(LGBTQ Allyship Panel Workshop).

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Media Release: Announcing Family Acceptance Campaign & Workshop Tour

For More Information, Contact: Jay Blotcher, 845-612-9837, or Alan Klein, 917-720-4017,

Asian Parents Throw a Lifeline to their LGBTQ Children in Powerful, New Asian Family Acceptance Campaign

NQAPIA announces first-ever LGBTQ-positive ads to air on major Asian television networks, backed by multi-city Asian Family Acceptance workshop tour

A news conference will be held on Tuesday, May 17 in NYC followed
by a VIP Reception. Watch the events live-streaming via Meerkat
on Twitter at 5:30 p.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

NEW YORK CITY — Following on the heels of Friday’s historic decision by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education that Title IX of the Civil Rights Act protects transgender students from discrimination in educational settings, NQAPIA will announce a groundbreaking family acceptance campaign designed to bridge the cultural divide that prevents Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (API) children from coming out to their parents. In contrast to the western dynamic, API parents are now opening the closet door for their children.

NQAPIA’s new Asian Family Acceptance Campaign includes a landmark series of emotionally-moving television ads, entitled “Family Is Still Family,” plus a series of in-person workshops around the country, presented by API parents of LGBTQ children. The ads will run for the first time on major international Asian television networks in the U.S. during June for LGBT Pride Month.

A special news conference will unveil these powerful television ads and introduce API and LGBTQ parents and children who will share their stories of heartbreak and triumph. The news conference will take place on Tuesday, May 17 in New York City.

Watch the press conference via Meerkat on Twitter live-streaming at 5:30ET/2:30PT p.m. and again at 6:30ET/3:30PT p.m. The earlier broadcast will be a shortened, 30-minute press conference. The later broadcast will be a longer, 60-minute program where parents and young people will tell their full stories of love, acceptance, and struggle.

Credentialed reporters can listen-in on the press conference by dialing into a conference line: Dial-in number: 1-866-214-4423. Participant code: 9572933#. This line is reserved only for representatives of the news media. Download the NQAPIA Family Is Still Family Media Kit here.

API LGBT youth face unique obstacles to coming out, including the fear of shaming and dishonoring their parents and ancestors. These cultural obstacles often lead to self-loathing, depression, and suicide. NQAPIA’s revolutionary multilingual “Family Is Still Family” advertising campaign removes the specter of shame, silence, and guilt by having parents open the closet door for their kids, offering unconditional love and acceptance. These life-affirming messages are presented in English, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese dialects), Hindi, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Lao, and Tagalog.

Multilingual PSAs
“For generations, a culture of shame and misinformation has kept Asian American youth in the closet,” said Glenn Magpantay, Executive Director of NQAPIA. “Our new Asian Family Acceptance Campaign will break this cycle of shame and suicide by helping API parents, many who are immigrants and bilingual, to open the door to unconditional love and acceptance for their LGBT children.”

The “Family Is Still Family” TV ad campaign will run in June (LGBT Pride Month). The ads are scheduled to air on:

  • SinoVision (Chinese) June 1 to June 7
  • Television Korea 24 (TVK) June 8 to June 14
  • StarTV (South Asian) June 15 to June 21
  • Mnet (Music channel based in South Korean) – ongoing from now to end of June

A different ethnic ad in each language will run each week during June. More placements are still being secured and will be announced shortly

The following API parents and children will share their stories at the May 17 news conference:

  • Joanne Lee: Mother of Skylar, a trans teen in Wisconsin who committed suicide because he felt he lacked family support
  • Pastor Danilo Cortez: A Southern Baptist minister from Los Angeles who works to change anti-LGBT church policy; father of a gay son
  • Marsha Aizumi: Mother of trans son from Pasadena
  • Kham Moua: Gay man and survivor of conversion therapy ordered by his parents
  • Tevin Ith: Out-of-closet college student and member of PrYSM, a queer Southeast Asian and youth of color organization

Chinese PSA
Supporting the PSA campaign is an innovative twelve-city tour of Asian Family Acceptance Workshops, beginning in May, led by parents who appear in the NQAPIA ad campaign. The workshops will offer culturally appropriate peer-support and practical steps to empower API parents to support their LGBTQ children in the coming-out process. Host cities will include Washington, DC; New York City; Chicago; Philadelphia; Atlanta; New Orleans, Seattle; Boston; and San Diego, among others.

NQAPIA thanks the generous support of the Arcus Foundation, David Bohnett Foundation, API Dream Team Giving Circle, CJ Huang Foundation, Asian Pride Project, PFLAG, GSA Network, Advocates for Youth, and Media Sponsor Comcast/NBC Universal.

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Workshop Schedule – 2015 NQAPIA National Conference


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  • 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
International Issues
Organizational Development
People of Color
Professional Development
Sex/Sexual Liberation
Skills Training
South Asian
Southeast Asian
Workshop Samples (not a full list)
Workshop Samples (not a full list)

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


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
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?"


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


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


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


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


#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


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


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


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


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


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

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

Official NQAPIA 2015 RFP


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 per the instructions below.

For more information, e-mail or

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 or 404-668-2742 or

Glenn D. Magpantay at or 917-439-3158.


Submit proposals to Florence Tang, 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  





¨ 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







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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.




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,