NQAPIA is working with specific Planning Committees to hold Pre-Conference Convenings that will address particular needs for certain sectors of the AAPI LGBT community.  In general, participation in the convenings is open to people that are interested in attending, but the Planning Committees for the convenings want potential participants to know that the meetings are intended for people and organizations that have express interest in being involved in ongoing work on the issues of concern that are identified and that have the capacity to do so.

People who are interested in attending should follow the instructions below and contact the identified e-mail address.

Membership of AAPI LGBT organizations that are part of NQAPIA’s network are also invited to a special briefing at the White House hosted by the White House Office of Public Engagement and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.  Conference attendees are also invited to attend as space allows.

For more information or to request an invitation e-mail conference@nqapia.org.

Queer Desi Community Building, Organizing & Planning Roundtable

Date:              Thursday, July 19, 2012

Time:              9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Venue:            OCA National, 1322 18th St. NW, Washington D.C. 20036

Contact:  Vega Subramaniam <alphalyra@gmail.com>

Lunch to be provided

Are you queer and South Asian? Do you have an interest in making local queer South Asian organizations and organizing efforts successful – successful in engaging all queer South Asians – especially those who have traditionally been underrepresented in QSA organizing efforts; educating broader communities on the issues facing our communities; and developing and supporting leadership that makes a difference? Join us in sharing our organizing stories and strengthening our community organizations by planning a collaborative project – such as a community-wide queer SA needs assessment or queer SA volunteer/leadership orientation – that builds on and builds up our collective resources.


  • To build stronger, deeper relationships across leaders and members of queer SA organizations
  • To build a shared understanding of issues, challenges, and successes in queer SA community building and organizing
  • To discuss and prioritize potential collaborative projects that benefit queer SA organizations and community
  • To develop an action plan to move forward agreed upon collaborative project(s)

Faith Based Leaders Working Group Convening

Date:  Thursday, July 19, 2012

Time:  9am- 2pm

Venue: OCA National Center, 1322 18th Street, NW Washington, DC 20036

Contact: Lance Dwyer <lance.dwyer@gmail.com>

Lunch to be provided

Description and Background

NQAPIA is convening a small gathering of LGBT Asian American religious leaders and thinkers, both lay and ordained, to explore possible collaborations on a national level.  NQAPIA is a federation of LGBT Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander organizations.  We know too well the role that some API conservative religious leaders have played in the campaign against LGBT equality.  Likewise many Asian Americans may feel shunned from finding spiritual nourishment.  In the past, NQAPIA has supported Al-Fathia and the Queer Muslim Collective, but to date we have not formally engaged API’s in the Christian faith.  Knowing that a large number of activists will be coming to Washington, DC in July 2012 to partake in NQAPIA’s national conference, we are hoping to capitalize on this unique and rare gathering to explore possible ideas for future work.

Target Audience:  The Queer Asian Religious Working Group Planning Committee is identifying a group of religious leaders and thinkers, both lay and ordained, that are committed to moving forward on concrete strategies and activities.


  • Gather and share ideas about key issues and developments relating to queer API religion and spirituality, both in the United States as well as transnationally.
  • Network and deepen relationships with other leaders in the queer API religious and spiritual communities.
  • Brainstorm about resources to help nourish and recharge the queer API activist community from a religious and spiritual perspective.
  • Discuss ways to partner with NQAPIA and its members groups on issues relating to queer API religion and spirituality.

Parents Convening

Date:               Thursday, July 19, 2012

Time:              9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Venue:             1850 M Street, NW Suite 1100

Lunch to be provided

Contact:  rytshen@gmail.com

NQAPIA is seeking to bring together parents of Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander (AAPI) lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) people for a strategic convening as part of its national conference:  Presence, Progress, Power which will be held in Washington, DC July 19-22.  At this convening, parents will discuss challenges, identify resources and potential initiatives to meet those challenges, to network and build camaraderie and support.  As a network of AAPI LGBT organizations around the country, NQAPIA local groups have members with parents that are supportive, and can be a vehicle to build a stronger network of AAPI parents who are able to speak about their LGBT children and advocate for equality and justice for them and for all families.

Objectives:  This convening seeks to bring together parents of AAPI LGBT people who have been publicly supportive of their children in a space that will:

  • Provide parents of AAPI LGBT people who have been publicly supportive of their children with space and opportunity to network, support each other, dispel isolation, and build community;
  • Provide training and skills building for parents to build a strong network of advocates for LGBT equality and AAPI visibility;
  • Identify and gather resources (fact sheets, books, videos, etc.) that specifically address AAP LGBT families (parents and children), especially in AAPI languages, and possibly identify new ones for future development;
  • Bring together potential partners and stakeholders, including, but not limited to: advocacy organizations, AAPI LGBT organizations, policymakers to identify potential collaborations and partnerships; and
  • Identify next steps to build a stronger network of parents of AAPI LGBT children.