NQAPIA at Creating Change

It’s that Creating Change time of year again!  For those of you who don’t know, Creating Change: The National Conference on LGBT Equality might be the largest conference of its kind, bringing thousands of LGBTQ advocates, leaders, policymakers, and allies together annually.  This year, the conference will be held at the Hilton of the Americas in Houston, TX January 29-February 2.

NQAPIA has historically played a leading role in convening programming for AAPIs at the conference.  This year will be no different, and we are involved with a number of sessions relevant to AAPIs and communities of color.

For those in our communities who celebrate, Lunar New Year this year happens during the conference, as we welcome the Year of the Horse.  We are planning a special recognition of this holiday to share with the entire conference.

A list of events we are involved in that are relevant for AAPI communities appears below.  Many of them are open to all and we encourage active participation.  Allies’ respect for the safe spaces designated specifically for AAPIs is appreciated:

Thursday, January 29

9:00 AM – 6:30 PM (Day-Long Institutes)

AAPI FocusBuilding a Queer AAPI Movement

Day-Long Institute safe space for AAPIs


Friday, January 25

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM (Workshop Session 2)

Building a South Asian Queer Movement

Session on queer South Asian movement building- open to all


6:30 PM – 7:30 PM (Caucus Session 1)

South Asian Caucus

Safe space for self-identified South Asian participants*


Saturday, February 1

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM (Workshop Session 5)

Build Community Through Arts, Storytelling and Media

Session presented by the Visibility Project*

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Because You’re Brown, Honey Gurl!: A Workshop on Race, Capitalism, and Desire

Session presented by Janani Balasubramaniam and Alok Vaid-Menon. Three hour workshop for people of color.*


10:45 AM – 12:15 PM (Workshop Session 6)

Mapping Power: LGBTQ AAPI Organizing for Social Change

NQAPIA AAPI Organizing Workshop open to all

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM 

Special Lunch Discussion on Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Youth: ROOM 333

Discussion for people of color on the implications of California bill AB1266 (School Success and Opportunity Act). Lunch will be provided.


4:45 PM – 6:15 PM (Workshop Session 8)

From Sugarland to the Beltway: Local and Federal Responses in the Fight for Immigrant Justice

NQAPIA Immigration Workshop open to all


6:30PM – 7:30 PM: (Caucus Session 2)

Building Our QAPI Movement: A Caucus for Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders

Safe space for self-identified AAPI participants


8:00 PM (Time and Venue TBD)

QPOC Meet-Up and Reception


Sunday, February 2

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM (Workshop Session 9)

Two Spirits, One Heart: A Mother’s Love, a Transgender Son’s Courage: ROOM 335B

A panel by Marsha Aizumi, API PFLAG- SGV, and Aiden Aizumi*


[*Not officially affiliated with NQAPIA]


A highlight of our programming at Creating Change will be the fourth annual AAPI Institute.

This Institute seeks to further the presence, visibility, and engagement of AAPIs in LGBT social justice movements as well as at Creating Change. The Institute is open only to AAPIs. The theme of this year’s Institute is “Healing, Resilience, and Wellbeing in Queer AAPI Communities.” Sessions will focus on community building, skills development, and education on issues of common concern, including mental health and wellness/ self-care.

Expected outcomes for the Institute include:

  • A robust network of LGBT AAPI activists around the country
  • Concrete strategies to overcome barriers that frustrate LGBT AAPI organizing
  • Deeper understanding of AAPI LGBT communities and histories, and common issues of concern
  • Increased leadership and organizing skills
  • A sharper analysis of intersecting oppressions at work in our communities, including (but not limited to): homophobia, transphobia, racism, xenophobia, misogyny, heteronormativity, religious bigotry, colonialism/imperialism, ableism, ageism and their impact on building a queer AAPI movement.


For more information, contact Ben de Guzman: ben_deguzman@nqapia.org (e-mail); 202-422-4909 (cell)