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

NQAPIA Announcements and Activities

2012 NQAPIA Newsmagazine: NQAPIA has released its 2012 newsmagazine.  The publication contains our highlights for the year and is available on our web site.

Giving Tuesday: NQAPIA participated in “Giving Tuesday”- a national campaign to promote philanthropy on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.  See more information here.

Quarterly Briefing:  NQAPIA was pleased to welcome Congressmember-Elect Mark Takano (D-CA) to our final Quarterly Briefing for 2012- “12/12/12 Better By the Dozen.” Congressman-Elect Takano and Jason Tengco from the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders joined our teleconference with participants from across the country to talk about issues of concern.  Congressman-Elect Takano talked about his personal experiences as the first openly LGBT Asian American to be elected to the Congress, and Jason talked about the White House’s work on a number of issues, including the fiscal cliff.

Much thanks to Congressmember-Elect Takano and Jason Tengco, and to everyone who joined us for the call!

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

Chicago, IL: Trikone-Chicago held its first Friends and Family Support Group on December 8, modeled after PFLAG with a South Asian focus.  It was a success!  With the input of participants of the gropu, we decided on continuing the group routinely in the New Year at various members’ homes.  Trikone-Chicago will be having its seasonal “Jai Ho” party fundraiser in January at Big Chicks, a local venue.  Details to come.  We are also working on a Sexual Health Awareness Campaign, and starting up a support group for trans* peope of Asian descent.  Please contact us if you are interested in collaborating or getting involved!  You can e-mail us at  You can also follow our facebook page or subscribe to our listserv to receive more information about upcoming events.



Atlanta, GA: NQAPIA is working with API Equality- Northern California and API Equality- Los Angeles to put on the third AAPI Institute at Creating Change, which will be held in Atlanta in January 23-27.  In partnership with the Queer Justice Fund at Asian Americans/ Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, we are pleased to announce the availability of scholarships to support participation in the AAPI Institute.  Click here for more information and to apply.

News and Notes: National Legislative and Policy Updates

Senator Daniel Inouye:  We mourn the passing of Senator Daniel Inouye, a trailblazer for AAPIs in the Senate and a champion for LGBT equality.  NQAPIA’s statement is here.





Comprehensive Immigration Reform: NQAPIA is starting the conversation on comprehensive immigration reform in Washington, DC and in our communities.  Check out our latest work on our web site.


In partnership this holiday season,





Ben de Guzman, NQAPIA Co-Director for Programs


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