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

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.

National Conference: Keynotes + VIPS (DC – 2013)

Check Out Who’s Coming




Congressman Mike Honda





Hawaii Supreme Court Justice Sabrina McKenna





Actress Tamlyn Tomita (Mike Chang’s mom from Glee and Waverly from The Joy Luck Club).


The White House’s LGBT Liaison Gautam Raghavan

Pulitzer Prize author Jose Antonio Vargas

National Center for Transgender Equality Executive Director Mara Kiesling

National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development Executive Director Lisa Hasegawa

Commissioner Hector Vargas, Presidential Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

OCA Executive Director Tom Hayashi

Queer Justice Fund Director Alice Y. Hom, of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander in Philanthropy

There will be other surprise guests, so bring your camera and capture all the excitement at the conference! For more event details visit Facebook or map us at NQAPIA Con 12 !

Support and Sponsor NQAPIA’s 2012 National Conference!

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is excited to announce “Presence, Power, Progress” – a national conference of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) – to be held on July 19-22, 2012 in Washington, DC.

AAPIs are among the fastest growing minority groups in the nation and are an emerging sector of the LGBTQ community.  NQAPIA builds the capacity of local LGBTQ AAPI organizations, develops leadership, and brings the civil rights concerns of AAPIs to the fore in the LGBTQ community, and increases awareness of LGBTQ rights in the AAPI community.  Every year NQAPIA brings together leaders from throughout the United States.

The NQAPIA Conference Prospectus (PDF) provides information about the various ways to participate in the conference.   Participation demonstrates commitment to both the LGBTQ and AAPI communities, and within one’s own company/organization.

  • Sponsoring the NQAPIA conference provides maximum visibility and is a strategic opportunity to achieve marketing goals.
  • Underwriting a Reception, Luncheon, or Workshop; or Lanyard and Bag Inserts are excellent branding opportunities.
  • Exhibiting builds awareness, showcases services, and establishes and strengthens relationships.
  • Conference Program Book Advertisements demonstrates support.

The conference provides a unique opportunity for visibility among the leading LGBTQ and AAPI community leaders and professionals, as well as national figures in Washington, DC, including elected officials, policy makers and advocates.

To support NQAPIA’s National Conference, complete the NQAPIA Sponsor/Supporter Form (PDF) and mail (with payment) to the address listed on the form. If you have any questions, please contact NQAPIA Co-Director of Development, Glenn Magpantay, at 917-439-3158 or email



“Presence Power Progress”

July 19-22, 2012

Washington, DC

Sponsorship Levels

Gold Level – $15,000

Pearl Level – $10,000

Jade Level – $5,000

Lotus Level – $2,500

Jasmine Level – $1,000

General Conference Supporter – $500

All Gold, Pearl, Jade, Lotus, and Jasmine Sponsors receive banner placement and signage, exhibiting space, complimentary conference registrations, bag inserts, full-page advertisements in program book, and company/organization logo in looped slideshow presentation at the gala dinner

Lanyard, Conference Bag Insert

• Company/organization logo on nametag lanyard– $2,000

• Insert materials into Conference attendees’ welcome packets –  $250

Exhibit Tables

Corporate – $500

Government, Nonprofits, Small Businesses – $250

Small Nonprofits, Community Organizations – $100

Conference Program Book Advertisement

Size                 Dimensions (width x height) Price

Cover                          7.5” x 10”                    Reserved for top sponsors

Full Page                     7.5” x 10”                    $300

Half Page                    5” x 7.5”                      $150

Quarter Page               3.75” x 5”                    $75

Name listing only        line                              $50

Submit NQAPIA Keynote Speaker suggestions & Community Catalyst Award nominations!

NQAPIA members,

We need your help for our National Conference in Washington, DC from July 19-22 2012.

At the NQAPIA Leadership Summit in July 2011, attendees brainstormed a list of possible keynote speakers and that list was refined to individuals whom the planning committee feels represent our diverse LGBTQ AAPI communities.

As we craft our programming, including the Community Catalyst Awards Dinner, we will be able to invite additional individuals and organizations to be profiled at our conference.  We can reach out to them as either plenary presenters or Community Catalyst awardees.  Our established criteria for the Community Catalyst Award includes: 1) substantive work in support of AAPI and/or LGBT communities; 2) name recognition (i.e. ability and willingness to attract sponsors/ participants and raise money); and 3) commitment to be physically present.

We want to make sure your voice in heard in our planning process! The conference planning committee meets the second Wednesday of the month- if you’re interested in being part of this, e-mail

If you’re able to provide additional suggestions for keynote plenaries and/or Community Catalyst Awardees, list them at this link:

Note that the more comprehensive you can be in terms of providing contact information and description of their positive contributions to the community, the more likely we will be able to consider them.

Suggestions accepted until January 12.

If you have any questions, contact NQAPIA at

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



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:

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.