2015 Community Catalyst Awards

NYC Community Catalyst Awards 2015Cocktails  –  12-course Banquet Dinner  –  Dancing


Dennis Chin // Former co-chair of the Gay Asian & Pacific Islander Men of New York

Clara Yoon // Founder of API Project of PFLAG NYC and a proud mother of a transgender son

GABRIELA-USA  // The overseas chapter of the Philippine-based organization, extending the Filipino women’s movement to the United States.

Saturday, March 28, 2015
6:00 – 11:30 pm

Grand Harmony Restaurant
98 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

Individual tickets – $75/person
Limited income rate available. Email glenn_magpantay@nqapia.org to inquire.

*Host Committee Rates
Table of 10 for $750
Table of 5 for $375

*All Host Committee Members are listed in the event program book and email invitations, receive free ads, and a bottle of wine for their table.

**Sponsorship Rates
Gold – $1,000
Silver – $500

**Sponsorships include free tickets, a full-page ad, high name recognition at the event and all promotional materials.

$50/quarter page ad
$250/full page


Apphia Kumar, Stephanie Hsu, Glenn D. Magpantay, Eli Rhee. Ryan Shen, and Piali Mukherjee
Graphic Designer:  Jeff Louie


Glenn D. Magpantay

All proceeds benefit NQAPIA and local LGBT Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander organizations and activists to attend the national LGBT AAPI conference in Chicago, August 6-9, 2015.

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


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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Support + Advertise: 2013 Hawaiʻi Summit

Sponsor the Summit

Sponsorship rates range from $500 to $10,000. Your support will help local leaders from throughout the country partake in the Summit. As a sponsor, your company or organization’s name will be added to the event’s publicity materials (flyers, email announcements and website). NQAPIA’s membership list includes over 3,600 individuals, and the aggregated list serves of all the groups in NQAPIA’s federation reach nearly 12,000 subscribers.

Advertise in the Community Catalyst program

Each summit NQAPIA holds a special reception honoring the recipients of our annual Community Catalyst Awards. Ads for the reception’s program book range from $50 for a quarter page ad to $250 for a full page. Proceeds benefit local LGBT AAPI groups in Hawaiʻi.

The Summit provides a unique opportunity for visibility among the leading LGBTQ and AAPI community leaders and professionals.


April 30th, 2013

Click here to download the sponsorship form and for full details

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

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.


• 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


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

NQAPIA at Creating Change

NQAPIA is excited to join our friends, allies, and partners at this year’s Creating Change Conference in Atlanta, January 24- 27.    Please find a list of the activities we’re coordinating below, including the third annual AAPI Institute on Thursday, January 24.  Many of these events are open to all and we encourage active participation.  Allies’ respect for the safe spaces designated specifically for AAPIs is appreciated.



NQAPIA at Creating Change 2011






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2012 National Conference Video

Support Available to attend AAPI Institute at Creating Change

NQAPIA is, for the third year in a row, helping plan an all day AAPI Institute at The National Conference on  LGBT Equality: Creating Change.  Thanks to our friends at the Queer Justice Fund of Asian Americans/ Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy and API Equality- Northern California, a special fund is available to support participation in the AAPI Institute.

This scholarship is being offered to assist in bringing underserved and underrepresented Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to the Task Force’s Creating Change Conference to attend the day-long AAPI Institute. The scholarship will provide transportation and/or lodging, but not registration to the conference. In order to apply for this scholarship, you must complete this form by December 31, 2012. When the committee decides on who will receive the scholarship, all recipients will need to be accessible by phone between January 4th – January 7th to finalize your accommodations. Additionally, you are required to attend the day-long AAPI Institute on Thursday, January 24th and arrive before 8PM on Wednesday, the 23rd.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Planning Committee of the first AAPI Institute at 2011 Creating Change

Are you going to Creating Change?



NQAPIA is excited about heading South for the 25th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change.  This not-to-be-missed event will be held at the Hilton Atlanta on January 23-27.

We will be working with our friends, including API Equality- Northern California and API Equality- Los Angeles on exciting programming to uplift and support the voices of LGBTQ Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders at what is (in our mind) the largest gathering of queer social justice activists in the country.

Check out the description of our AAPI Institute that will be held on January 24 here.

Are you going?  Tell us your Asian American Creating Change story in the comments section below.  Or hit us up on our Facebook page and share it there!  If you’re interested in helping out, e-mail us at nqapia@gmail.com and let us know.


Creating Change Together,

Ben de Guzman, NQAPIA Co-Director for Programs

Glenn Magpantay, NQAPIA Co-Director for Development

Alison Lin, NQAPIA Co-Chair