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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NQAPIA 2015 News Magazine

2015 Annual Report

Read about NQAPIA activities in 2015 and what our local organizations have been doing in Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) communities.


  • NQAPIA National Conference
  • Family Acceptance: Family is still Family, Love is still Love
  • Rise Up! National Week of Action on Immigrants’ Rights
  • LGBT Asian/South Asian Lawyer Receptions in NY, SF, & DC
  • Community Catalyst Awards
  • Regional Roundup
  • Immigration Update
  • 2014 Financial Statement

Flip through the 2015 Issuu:

NQAPIA 2014 News Magazine

2014 Annual Report

Read about NQAPIA activities in 2014 and what our local organizations have been doing in Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) communities.


  • 2014 by the Numbers
  • President Obama takes Executive Action on Immigration
  • Hooray for our Allies!
  • LGBT Asian American/South Asian Lawyers Networking Receptions in DC, NY, & SF
  • Regional Leadership Summits
  • AAPI Parents who Love their LGBT Kids
  • Community Catalyst Awards
  • NQAPIA Growing & Changing
  • Regional Roundup
  • Member Spotlight: Muslim Alliance for Sexual & Gender Diversity

Flip through the 2014 Issuu:

What Have We Done? NQAPIA December E-blast


We’ve done a LOT, that’s what!  It’s been quite a year, and we’re glad you’ve been along for the ride.  Thanks to everyone who joined us for the NQAPIA End of the Year Briefing. We’ll keep this monthly update short and sweet sowe can have even more to look forward to together in 2014.

In this e-blast, find out more information about the following:

NQAPIA Annoucements and Activities: NQAPIA Immigration and #Fast4Families, Creating Change

Around the Horn: Reaction to India Supreme Court Decision on Section 377

News and Notes: Marriage Equality in New Mexico and Utah

It’s not too late to make an end-of-the-year donation to NQAPIA.  Click here for more information.

NQAPIA Announcements and Activities

NQAPIA Immigration:  Queer AAPIs joined the national #Fast4Families movement to keep attention focused on the need for immigration reform. NQAPIA Board members, volunteers, and staff did solidarity fasts the week of December 6-13 with the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans and LGBT national partners, including Representatives Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) and Mark Takano (D-CA).

Creating Change:  NQAPIA is hard at work with the Planning Committee for the annual AAPI Institute for Creating Change; The National Conference on LGBT Equality, to be held January 29- February 2.  Are you coming to Houston this year?  There are LIMITED opportunties for support for participants to the AAPI Institute. Click here for more information.

Photo Caption: NQAPIA with NAPAWF-DC, NAKASEC, KRCC, and the Center for Community Change- an “AAPI Contingent” at #Fast4Families


Around the Horn: AAPI LGBT Action Across the Country

NQAPIA partners across the country joined a “Global Day of Rage” in reaction to the India Supreme Court’s ruling on Section 377 criminalizing homosexuality.  South Asian LGBT groups across North America issued a statement condemning the ruling, and rallies and vigils were held in cities like New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.


News and Notes: Legislative and Policy Roundup

Marriage Equality: In the closing days of 2013, two states joined the marriage equality bandwagon.  On December 18, New Mexico became the 17th state to have marriage equality.  The next day, same-sex couples also began to marry in Utah, as a federal court ruling held Utah’s Amendment 3 unconstitutional and disallowed a stay. Currently, almost 40% of the United States population lives in a jurisdiction that has marriage equality, and we look forward to making that number bigger in 2014!

NQAPIA 2013 News Magazine

2013 Annual Report

Read about NQAPIA activities in 2013 and what our local organizations have been doing in Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) communities.


  • NQAPIA Leadership Summit // Honolulu, HI
  • Fighting for Immigration Reform
  • Uncovering Our Stories: AAPI LGBTQ Immigrant Voices
  • DesiQ 2013
  • Regional Roundup
  • Hooray for our Allies
  • Strengthening the Infrastructure of the LGBT AAPI Community
  • Asian American Attitudes towards Same Sex Marriage: Much Work still Needed
  • AAPI Parents of LGBTs are Empowered!
  • Faith Corner
  • Board Shorts

Flip through the 2013 Issuu:

June 2013 E-blast: LGBT Pride, Immigration, Community Catalyst Awards, and MORE

June is wrapping up on a high note!  With historic movement in Washington, DC on immigration and marriage equality, and unprecedented celebrations at Pride events around the country, Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) lesbian,gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities have been at the center of the action!

In this e-blast, find out more information about the following:

NQAPIA Annoucements and Activities:  Intern Corner, Immigration, and NQAPIA Community Catalyst Awards

Around the Horn:   DesiQ, LGBT Pride

News and Notes:  Supreme Court, ENDA, SSA

NQAPIA Announcements and Activities

Community Catalyst Award Flyer.Front

Intern Corner:  We are pleased to welcome interns Steven Cong and Elizabeth Duthinh to Team NQAPIA this summer.  Check out their reflections and observations every week on our blog.  This week, they offer their take on what’s been an historic week in the nation’s capital.

Immigration: NQAPIA took our communities’ voices to Capitol Hill as the Senate took an historic vote on comprehensive immigration reform.  With Tony Choi, a queer undocumented immigration from New Jersey, we delivered 2,700 postcards to the Senate, meeting with Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ).

NQAPIA Community Catalyst Awards: We are pleased to announce our annual Community Catalyst Awards this year, which will be held at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel in Honolulu, HI.  Join us on Saturday, July 27 as we honor former NFL football player and LGBT activist Esera Tuaolo and UNITE HERE Local 5.  Check us out on Facebook for more information.



Around the Horn: AAPI LGBT Action Across the Country


San Francisco, CA:  Hundreds of LGBT South Asians from around the world are converging on San Franicsco this coming weekend for the DesiQ conference.  NQAPIA is going to be there in full force July 4-6.  For more information, click here.

LGBT Pride:  We’ve been documenting local groups’ LGBT Pride contingents all month.  Cities like New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Twin Cities, and Seattle are closing us out this weekend.  We are gathering images and stories about queer AAPIs making our voices heard.  Tell us your story at

News and Notes: Legislative and Policy Roundup

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Supreme Court:  NQAPIA monitored a number of issues taken on by the Supreme Court in their recently concluded session.  While much of the news coverage (particularly in the LGBT media) has focused on marriage equality, NQAPIA weighed in on cases that were decided on issues such as Affirmative Action and Voting Rights.  We joined a national statement from the LGBT community expressing our disappointmenent on their ruling on Voting Rights.

Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA): Out & Equal released a new report that explores the discrimination LGBT employees face in the workforce. You can check out their report here.

Social Security Administration (SSA):  Transgender communities got good news this month when the SSA announced new policies that will improve people’s ability to change the gender markers on their identity documents, including their Social Security cards.  Our friends at the National Center for Transgender Equality issued this factsheet explaining the new policies.

January 2013 E-Newsletter


Posted 1/30/2013

The new year isn’t 31 days old and we’ve already hit the ground running!  Between our Board Meeting, Creating Change, and everything happening in Washington, DC, we’re keepin’ it movin’!

This e-mail includes the latest information about the following:

  • NQAPIA Announcements and Activities: NQAPIA Board Meeting, NQAPIA at the Inauguration and Creating Change
  • Around the Horn: New York, Portland, Philadelphia
  • News and Notes:  NQAPIA Statement on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

As always, for more information, contact NQAPIA directly at, and check out our web site.


NQAPIA Announcements and Activities

NQAPIA Board Meeting: NQAPIA’s Board met on January 12-13 in New York City and voted to add three new board members- I Li Hsiao from Chicago, IL, Michelle Lee from Los Angeles, CA, and Alan Ratliff from Chicago, Il.  Welcome a”BOARD!”

Inauguration:  NQAPIA participated in a number of events over the weekend of President Obama’s second Inauguration.  Our comprehensive list of events throughout the weekend was one of the first lists publicly released and served as a resource for many guests coming to the nation’s capital.

Photo:  Congressman Mark Takano (D-CA) during Inauguration weekend with NQAPIA Co-Director Ben de Guzman with Unid@s (LGBT Latino organization) Director Lisbeth Melendrez Rivera

Creating Change: NQAPIA is proud to play a leading role in coordinating activity for the AAPI communities every year at Creating Change: The National Conference for LGBT Equality.  It may have been the most AAPI Creating Change to date, as over 3,000 activists converged on Atlanta from January 24-27 to participate in a conference that included:

  • Two AAPI LGBT Keynotes:  Deepak Barghava and Jose Antonio Vargas
  • SAGE Leadership Award: Southeast Asia Resource Action Center
  • AAPI Institute: Over 90 participants in the third annual day-long Institute organized by NQAPIA, API Equality- Northern California and API Equality- Los Angeles, including 24 participants from China taking part in a leadership program through the LA LGBT Center.
  • An Entire Slate of Programming:  NQAPIA’s list of programming at Creating Change is here.


Around the Horn: Actions and Activities in the AAPI LGBT Community

New York, NY:  New York AAPI LGBT organizations and activists will, once again, be running the “Lunar New Year for All” LGBTQ contingent in Manhattan Chinatown’s historic Chinatown parade on Sunday, February 17.

Portland, OR:  API Pride- Portland is hosting their annual Lunar New Year Banquet on Saturday, February 16 at 6pm.  Tickets can be purchased here.

Philadelphia, PAhotpot! is hosting an important discussion on immigration, including NQAPIA Co-Director for Programs Ben de Guzman, on January 31.  RSVP via Facebook here.


News and Notes: National Legislative and Policy Updates

Statement on Comprehensive Immigration Reform:  NQAPIA issued a statement on the proposals presented by President Obama and the Senate that can be found on its web site.  NQAPIA launched its Comprehensive Immigration Reform Postcard Campaign at Creating Change during Jose Antonio Vargas’ keynote speech and plenary with other queer immigrant rights activists (look after 23:00 in the video).



In partnership,

Ben de Guzman

NQAPIA Co-Director for Programs

December 2012 Newsletter

Queer Asians celebrating the holidays at the White House on December 15, 2012! Photo Credit: Iimay Ho

Happy Holidays!

As the year comes to an end, we wanted to wish you and yours the best.  It’s been quite a 2012, and we’re glad that you’ve been part of the journey with us and we look forward to an even better and brighter 2013!

This e-mail includes the latest information about the following:

  • NQAPIA Announcements and Activities: 2012 Newsletter, Giving Tuesday, Quarterly Briefing
  • Around the Horn: Chicago, IL, Creating Change
  • News and Notes: Statement on Senator Daniel Inouye, Immigration

As always, for more information, contact NQAPIA directly at

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NQAPIA 2012 News Magazine

2012 Annual Report

Our news magazine for 2012 is hot off the presses!  Read about NQAPIA activities in 2012 and what our local organizations have been doing in Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) communities.


  • 2012 NQAPIA Conference
  • Research Partnerships
  • AAPI LGBT Advocacy
  • Desi Queer Helpline
  • Missed Opportunities: Queer Justice Fund Report
  • “NQAPIA Board Shorts”
  • White House Corner
  • Regional Roundup

Download a free PDF here:  NQAPIA 2012 News Magazine

November 2012 Newsletter

With the elections behind us and looking forward to the holiday season, it’s hard to believe we’re already starting to wrap up 2012. It’s been SUCH an historic year and we’re grateful for your partnership. This month’s E-newsletter includes information about action from NQAPIA and local communities around the country, successes in this year’s election, and a look forward to next year’s Leadership Summit in Hawai’i!

You’re invited to join us for our final 2012 “Quarterly Briefing: 12/12/12 Better By the Dozen.” It will take place on December 12 (12/12/12- get it?) at 6pm Eastern, and we’ll be joined by guest speakers from Hawai’i, organizers from marriage equality campaigns, and (hopefully!) a surprise guest. RSVP by e-mailing

Volunteers for NQAPIA’s poll site for the National Asian American Voter Election Protection Program

This e-mail includes the latest information about the following:

  • NQAPIA Announcements and Activities: San Diego Action, NQAPIA Briefing and Summit, Guest Blog
  • Around the Horn: Round-up from the 2012 Election, Trans Day of Remembrance, Desi lgbtQ Helpline, Job Posting at NRF
  • News and Notes: AAPI and LGBT Statements on the “Fiscal Cliff,” White House Corner, Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA) Blog on Comprehensive Immigration Reform



NQAPIA Announcements and Activities

San Diego Action: NQAPIA worked with a number of local partners in San Diego to ensure and strengthen our communities’ ability to participate in the political process. On November 6, 2012, NQAPIA joined the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s (AALDEF) Voter Election Protection program at a local poll site in Mira Mesa. The following night, in collaboration with organizations such as UTOPIA, NAPAWF- San Diego, and the San Diego LGBT Center, NQAPIA held a “Post-Election Discussion: Implications for Immigrants’ Rights and LGBT Equality.”

NQAPIA Quarterly Briefing and Summit: We have begun planning for our final Quarterly Briefing for 2012. It is scheduled for December 12 at 6pm Eastern. Contact to provide suggestions for content or to get involved in planning. At the Briefing, we will publicize information about our upcoming 2013 NQAPIA Summit, July 25-28 in Hawai’i.

NQAPIA Guest Blog: Have you checked out our web site lately? We post weekly updates in our Blog, as well as interesting perspectives from the community. One great example is a reflection from former NQAPIA Board member Liz Thomson on the formation of a queer adoptee network. Check it out here.


Around the Horn: Actions and Activities in the AAPI LGBT Community

Election Round-Up: This election broke a number of barriers, including Congressmember-elect Mark Takano as the first openly LGBT AAPI and person of color elected to the Congress, Senators-elect Tammy Baldwin and Mazie Hirono as the first openly lesbian and first Asian American woman respectively to be elected to the Senate, as well as historic votes in support of marriage equality in Washington state, Maine, Maryland, and Minnesota. We have tracked our communities’ involvement in many of these races, and our friends at organizations such as the Victory Fund and Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies have summaries of this great progress we’ve made.

Transgender Day of Remembrance: NQAPIA recognized Transgender Day of Remembrance on our web site. To mark the occasion, NQAPIA profiled the groundbreaking youtube channel transAPIvoices and included other resources.

Desi lgbtQ Helpline: On National Coming Out Day, a coalition of South Asian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) organizations and individuals in the U.S. launched “DeQH, the first South Asian LGBTQ national helpline”. For general information, click here.

Job Opening: The Network on Religion and Justice for Asian and Pacific Islander Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer People (NRJ) is seeking a National Coordinator. Send a cover letter and resume to and find more information online here.


News and Notes: National Legislative and Policy Updates

The Economy and the “Fiscal Cliff”: NQAPIA is engaging the issues around the budget at the “fiscal cliff.” NQAPIA joins the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, which has met with White House officials on the issue, and we have joined a national statement from the LGBT community.

White House Corner: The White House issued statements to celebrate Diwali, and to announce President Obama’s trip to Asia, where he became the first sitting U.S. President to visit Cambodia and Burma (Myanmar).

Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA) issued an op-ed on about prospects for comprehsive immigration reform, including a clear call for inclusion of LGBT families.

Thanks for your continued interest in our communities!


In partnership,

Ben de Guzman
NQAPIA Co-Director for Programs