AAPI and LGBT Events for 2013 Inauguration








Washington, DC will welcome thousands of visitors for President Obama’s Inauguration.   The weekend of the 57th Inauguration will feature a wide range of events, and NQAPIA has been tracking activities that have special interest for AAPI and LGBT communities.

NQAPIA is NOT officially connected to any of these events, this list is only information we have gathered from a variety of partners and allies.  Please contact event organizers directly for more information.

Are you coming to Washington, DC?  Let us know!  Our NQAPIA family in the nation’s capital is eager to welcome you!


Looking forward,


Ben de Guzman, NQAPIA Co-Director for Programs


Thursday, January 17

National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) Open House

Time: 5-7PM

Cost:  Free (RSVP)

Location: 1100 H St. NW, Suite 540

Wine and cheese reception to celebrate a new year and a new office. Please RSVP to Eleanor Palacios at epalacios@nclrights.org.


Friday, January 18

White House LGBT Policy Briefing

Time:  9:00am- 12:00pm

Cost:  Free (RSVP required)

Location: Herbert Clark Hoover Building Auditorium

1401 Constitution Ave, NW

RSVP:   http://www.whitehouse.gov/webform/lgbt-policy-briefing

The White House Office of Public Engagement invites you to a policy briefing and engagement forum focused on issues of importance to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community.


AAPI Inaugural Welcome Briefing

White House Initiative

Cost:  Free

Time: 2-6PM

Location: U.S. Department of Education, Barnard Auditorium, 400 Maryland Ave., SW

The White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) and the White House Office of Public Engagement invite you to a briefing and discussion focused on issues of importance to the AAPI community.  Senior Obama Administration officials will share first term accomplishments, hear feedback from participants, and discuss opportunities to work together in the months and years ahead.

Click here to RSVP.  You are welcome to share this invitation with your friends and colleagues, but please note that seating is limited.


Inauguration Kick Off Happy  Hour

Presented by Night Life Agency with South Asians for Obama and the Washington Leadership Program

Cost:  Free

Time:  7-10pm

Location: Josephine

1008 Vermont Avenue, NW

Come celebrate, mingle, and network with top South Asian Americans from the campaign, in the Administration, and on the Hill!


Saturday, January 19

Salu-Salo (“get together”)-  Kaya: Filipino Americans for Progress Planning Meeting

Time: 8:30- 11:00am

Cost:  Free (donations accepted)

Location:  National Education Association

1201 16th Street, NW (at M Street)

RSVP:  https://www.facebook.com/events/452753004779512/

This will be a planning meeting for Kaya: Filipino Americans for Progress for activities in the coming year. For more information, e-mail Marita Etcubañez at maritaetc@gmail.com.


APAICS (Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies) welcomes new CAPAC Members to 113th Congress

Time: 1-3PM

Cost: Free

Location: Communication Workers of America, 501 3rd Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20001

Please join APAICS in welcoming the new AAPI Members of Congress on Saturday January 19, 2013 at 1 pm.  There will be a short program with Mayor Ed Lee of San Francisco and new AAPI members Representative Ami Bera and Representative Mark Takano.


Forward. LGBT Democrats Celebrate President Obama’s Inauguration

Cocktail Reception hosted by the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, the DC Center and Trans United for Obama

Time: 5-7pm

Location: Black Fox Lounge

1723 Connecticut Ave., NW

Celebrate with the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, Trans United for Obama, and the DC LGBT Center at Black Fox Lounge.


SAALT (South Asian Americans Leading Together) Inauguration Reception

Time: 6-8pm

Cost:  $75

Location: National Association of Broadcasters, 1771 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

Network with DC’s thought leaders and opinion shapers at SAALT’s Jan 19th inauguration reception, including Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA) and White House AAPI Initiative Executive Director Kiran Ahuja.


Indiaspora Inaugural Ball

Time: 8PM

Cost: $300

Location: Mandarin Oriental — 1330 Maryland Ave SW

Leaders from the 3-million-strong Indian American community, compatriots from India and American well-wishers will celebrate the combined achievements of the two nations and cultures. Guests may choose traditional “black tie” or Indian formal attire.


Hawai’i Presidential Center Inaugural Gala

Time: 7-10pm

Location: The Hay-Adams Hotel, Rooftop Terrace



Contact AJ Halagao the gala organizer at hawaiipresidentialcenter@gmail.com


Mabuhay: Inauguration Event by Kaya: Filipino Americans for Progress

Time: 7-10pm

Location: Cause- The PhilanthroPub

(Upstairs Tree House Room)

1926 9th Street, NW (9th and U)

RSVP:  https://www.facebook.com/events/468057976577459/

Join Filipino American progressives in celebration of the inauguration of President Barack Obama.


LezGetTogether’s Pre-Inaugural Bash in Celebration of Equality

Time: 7:00 – 11:00pm

Local 16 (1602 U St., NW, Washington, DC)



Sunday, January 20


Center for Black Equity Happy Hour


MOVA (14th street)

Sunday 1/20 3-5pm

The Center for Black Equity works with African American LGBT organizations.


Philippine Embassy Reception

INVITE ONLY (contact nafve2007@gmail.com for more information)

Time:  4pm


Presidential Pearl Gala


Time 8:30 am – 1pm

Location: Mandarin Oriental, Ballroom C, 1330 Maryland Ave, SW, Washington DC 20024

RSVP at www.pearlgala2013.com

There will be a variety of panels during the morning’s briefing.

Please join us for the 10:15 am session on AAPIs and Policy Change. This session will be moderated by Deepa Iyer, NCAPA Chair and SAALT Executive Director, and feature Kathy Ko Chin, APIAHF President and CEO, and Mee Moua, AAJC Executive Director.



Date Sunday, January 20, 2013

Time 7pm to midnight

Location Mandarin Oriental, 1330 Maryland Ave, SW, Washington DC 20024

Purchase Tickets: Click www.pearlgala2013.com


Peace Ball

Time: 7:30PM – 1AM

Location: Arena Stage, 1101 6th Street Southwest, Washington, DC 20024

Tickets $135+ processing fee

Confirmed Guests: Angela Davis, Amy Goodman, Ralph Nader, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Alice Walker, Van Jones, Sonia Sanchez, Danny Glover, Nicole Lee, Avis Jones-DeWeever, Julian Bond, Marian Wright Edelman, Medea Benjamin, Etan Thomas, Dave Zirin, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., Barbara Ehrenreich, Phyllis Bennis, Jack Halberstam and more!

LGBT & Lesbian Ladies Love Obama Inauguration Party (Alero Lounge @ 3345 14th St NW )

The Ladies Who Love Ladies Love Obama!

Time: 10:30pm-3am

Cost: $10 before 11 & $15 After

Strictly For Women!

More Info @ www.deejayindia.com


Monday, January 21

LGBT Out for Equality Inaugural Celebration

Time: 8pm

Location: Renaissance Mayflower Hotel — 1127 Connecticut Ave NW

Tickets start at $375.