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


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