NQAPIA Immigration Update: From Buford Highway to the Beltway

This past weekend, participants at our Atlanta Regional Summit put their learnings into practice and engaged the immigration reform debate by calling on their friends and family to weigh in on legislation being considered in Washington, DC. At the Center for Pan Asian Community Services in the Buford Highway ethnic neighborhood, 20 phone bankers in an hour got 77 commitments to call members of Congress in the South in support of immigration reform.

Right now, 100 of our sisters and allies from the We Belong Together campaign are in Washington, DC fasting in solidarity with #Fast4Families to highlight the urgency in our communities and the urgency for reform that will keep our families together and break the broken immigration system. Every day that goes by brings us further past the two million deportations that have already happened in the past six years and makes reform that much more elusive.

Can you join our Summit participants and make a call to your member of Congress today and ask them to pass reform? The script is below.

We thank you for your continued support of the issues our communities care about.

In partnership,

Ben de Guzman, NQAPIA Co-Director for Programs


Phone Script

You can use the phone script below to call your member of Congress. If you have any questions, you can e-mail me.

Call 202-224-3121 and give the Capitol Hill Switchboard your address and they will identify your member of Congress and connect you directly to their Washington, DC office. If you know your member, you can also look them up online and get their direct number that way.

Congressional Staff Greeting: “Hi! Representative X’s office, how may I help you?”
Hi, my name is ___________ (your name) and I live in the Congressmember’s district. I’m calling to urge the Congressmember to support immigration reform that:
  • Includes a path to citizenship
  • Upholds civil and human rights
  • Keeps families together, and
  • Protects workers on all ends of the economic scale

I hope s/he will support the discharge petition that was recently introduced in the House. It is very important to me and my community that Congress votes on immigration reform this year.

Will the Congressmember support the discharge petition? 

[If supports]: Great! Thank you! I hope your boss will push for a vote on immigration on the floor as soon as possible.

[If no]: I am very disappointed and I hope the Congressmember will reconsider her/ his position. My family, friends and I will be voting in November and this issue is very important to us.

Thank you for your time.

LGBT Asian Americans Come to Atlanta with a Sense of History

Caption: The Center for Pan Asian Community Services, site for NQAPIA 2014 Atlanta Regional  Summit


National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance brings first LGBT Asian American Conference to the South and Supports National April 5 Day of Action on Deportation


For Immediate Release

April 4, 2014

Ben de Guzman


Atlanta, GA- On the anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., fifty Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) LGBT advocates and allies are convening to one of the cradles of the Civil Rights movement to claim our place in the journey towards the beloved community. The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, along with a Planning Committee and local partners in Asian American and LGBT communities such as the Center for Pan Asian Community Services and Georgia Equality, is putting on what is believed to be the first ever gathering specifically bringing together AAPI LGBT communities in the South. During the Summit, NQAPIA will also stand in solidarity with national events happening around the country with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network’s #Not1More campaign.

“We are ready for this in the South,” said Stan Fong, NQAPIA Board member and Summit Planning Committee lead. “The AAPI community is the fastest growing racial/ ethnic group in the South according to Census data, and we are the vanguard of the conversation about LGBT justice as emerging voices are challenging conventional wisdom about conservatism and the South.”

“We have been here for a long time, and this Summit is an opportunity to invoke that history and move forward,” said Florence Tang, Summit Planning Committee member. “From building community to challenging racism in the LGBT community and homophobia in the AAPI community, and we are excited about charting our course for the future with NQAPIA and all our friends from throughout the region.”

“Our convening in Summit comes at a special moment at a unique crossroad in our history,” said Ben de Guzman, NQAPIA Co-Director for Programs. “April 4 is the anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination and we commit ourselves to the legacy of civil rights with love and respect for those who marched before us in whose steps we follow in Atlanta. On April 5 our Summit ‘marches’ in solidarity with advocates around the country calling on the President to use every resource at his disposal to keep our immigrant families together and stop indiscriminate deportations.”

Events for the weekend include a Friday night reception and programming Saturday and Sunday at the Center for Pan Asian Community Services. For more information, the Program Book is available online.



The Past Seven Days and What’s Next

The Past Seven Days and What’s Next

Seven days ago, NQAPIA kicked off a whole week of whirlwind activity. A quick overview:

  • Friday 3/21: I joined my NQAPIA Co-Director Glenn Magpantay and SALGA-NYC’s Karen Naimool to provide a training for the We Build Community cohort of South Asian Americans Leading Together. Because Nico Quintana from the DC Trans Coalition also provided training specific to transgender communities, NQAPIA’s “LGB/Q” training gave local South Asian organizations tools and resources to better think about creating space for queer South Asian people in their communities and programs.
  • Saturday 3/22: NQAPIA took a break from one South Asian crew to join another as we hosted local DC partner KhushDC’s Queer Women’s History Month event. Using technology to bring together contingents from Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco, CA, Madison, WI, Chicago, IL, and Toronto, Canada, participants held a national dialogue about increasing membership and involvement by queer women, transgender, and gender non-conforming people. All in all, a memorable weekend with South Asian LGBTQ and allied people building community and justice.
  • Tuesday 3/25: LGBT AAPI leaders from Boston, MA, the Bay Area, CA, and Washington, DC joined the National Council of Asian Pacific American’s (NCAPA) solidarity fast for We Belong Together and the #Fast4Families campaign. My fast took place during the Alliance for Citizenship’s Campaign Summit where I built up more hunger for immigration reform and justice for families torn apart by deportation. The following day, the NCAPA issued a statement about the House Democrat’s “discharge petition,” and our ongoing work to fight for immigrant families.

The action doesn’t stop here. In the next week, we’ve got even more action happening:

  • Saturday 3/28: NQAPIA’s 2014 Community Catalyst Awards will honor Q-WAVE on their 10th anniversary, as well as activists Namita Chad and Andy Marra. It’s going to be a full house in TriBeCa, and we’re looking forward to bringing the New York City area community together!
  • Friday 4/4: NQAPIA will launch its 2014 Regional Summits with events in Atlanta, GA (4/4-6) and Portland, OR (4/11-4/13). We’re looking forward to joining our local partners in the South and Pacific Northwest to build skills, build community, and build ACTION!

Keep up with us on our web site and blog, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and we’re sure we’ll be in your neck of the woods soon!

In partnership,

Ben de Guzman, NQAPIA Co-Director for Programs

Early Bird What Now?

New York National Community Catalyst Awards: March 29

Atlanta Regional Summit: April 4-6



If you’re following NQAPIA at all, you hopefully know we’ve got two major events coming up- our annual Community Catalyst Awards on March 29 in New York, and our 2014 Southern Regional Summit April 4-6 in Atlanta, GA.

We are so excited to bring folks to both these events that we have extended the deadline for early registration for BOTH of these events. Yes, you heard that right! Until March 25, our New York/ New Jersey/ Connecticut friends can pick up their Community Catalyst Award tickets at a discounted rate, and our friends in the South can register here for our Southern Regional Summit at the early bird rate!

We’re looking forward to spreading more LGBT AAPI love to the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest, the Northeast, and California later in the year, but get your chance to join the NQAPIA crew in New York and Atlanta NOW!



We’re Headed South!

We have shared this invitation to attend the NQAPIA Southern Regional Summit April 4-6 in Atlanta with all our friends in the South. If you know anyone in the area who would be interested, we are open for business in Atlanta! Information on registration is below!


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NQAPIA Regional Summits

caption: 2010 NQAPIA Chicago Summit


NQAPIA is excited to announce our 2014 Regional Summits! In previous years, we have brought leaders from AAPI LGBT organizations for one national face-to-face meeting that provides opportunities to build community, build skills, and build knowledge together. For 2014, in order to improve local partnerships and build local presence, instead of doing one national meeting, we will be holding five, count ’em, 5 Regional Summits.

We’re proud to work with local Planning Committees to bring Regional Summits in the following cities:

April 4-6: Atlanta, GA

April 11-13: Portland, OR

July 18-20: Philadelphia, PA

July 25-27: Fresno, CA

August 15-17: Minneapolis, MN

The Regional Summits are, for the most part, invitation only and open to organizations that are part of the NQAPIA alliance. The notable exception is Atlanta, where we are happy to accept registration from AAPI LGBT identified advocates and leaders from across the South (registration is here:

For more information about the Summits, please contact me via e-mail at



Ben de Guzman, NQAPIA Co-Director for Programs


NQAPIA Southern Regional Summit: Request for Proposals

Photo Caption:  NQAPIA in the South for the June 2010 Atlanta LGBT Immigration Forum 

We are excited to move forward with our NQAPIA Regional Summit in Atlanta!  Please see the Request for Workshop Proposals below.  Please note that this Summit has limited space and will prioritize individuals working with LGBT AAPI communities in the South.

Deadline to submit proposals is January 10, 2014.  Proposals can be e-mailed to per the instructions below.

For more information, e-mail or

Request for Workshop Proposals for

NQAPIA Southern Regional Summit of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender

Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders

April 4 to 6, 2014

Atlanta, GA


The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is collaborating with local leaders in the South for a Southern Regional Summit of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in Atlanta the weekend of April 4 to 6, 2014.

NQAPIA is a federation of LGBT AAPI organizations.  NQAPIA seeks to build local capacity, invigorate grassroots organizing, develop leadership, and challenge homophobia, racism, and anti-immigrant bias.  The Regional Summit is a conference that aims to bring together 50 LGBT AAPI activists from across the South to network, organize, agitate, educate, and build capacity of the nation’s LGBT AAPI community.  (See the Conference Concept Paper for more details.)

This request for proposals is for possible workshops at the Southern Regional Summit.  A planning committee will decide the array of topics.  We hope for a wide array of topics on politics, organizing, community building efforts, arts and culture, health and wellness, organizational development trainings, fundraising and leadership development, advocacy topics such as state/local non-discrimination laws and immigrants’ rights, and others.  Caucuses will provide attendees with opportunities to network with others in their local areas or affinities.  On Sunday, a strategic General Membership Meeting will discuss next steps and review organizational business, as well as time to give feedback and evaluate the conference.  Social activities are also being planned.

No travel support or honorariums will be provided for workshop presenters.  However, we are pleased to offer registration fee waivers for all presenters.

For More Information, Contact:

Asha Leong at or 404-668-2742 or

Glenn D. Magpantay at or 917-439-3158.


Submit proposals to Florence Tang, by January 10, 2014.




Request for Workshop Proposals at NQAPIA Southern Regional Summit of

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender

Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders

April 4 to 6, 2014

Atlanta, GA

Contact Name

Organizational Affiliation (if any)

Mailing Address  





¨ Workshop.

¨ Open Caucus – for networking time to strategize (anyone can participate)

¨ Safe Caucus – for specific communities (e.g. ethnicity, gender/ gender-ID etc.) that are limited only to participants with that affinity.


TITLE: Please provide a short title for the session that will be included in conference materials.

DESCRIPTION: Please provide a brief (50-75 words) description of the session to be printed.

PRESENTER INFOPlease provide contact information (name, affiliation, phone, email, and demographics) for proposed presenters.  We encourage presenters to be balanced in terms of gender, gender-identity, ethnicity, age, etc.


Presenter #1







Identity/ies (for diversity)


Presenter #2







Identity/ies (for diversity)


Presenter #3







Identity/ies (for diversity)



ABSTRACT:  Please provide a more detailed abstract (150-200 words) on the session, describing the importance of this workshop/caucus, needs to be addressed, or goals.  Abstracts will not be included in conference materials, but will help the Planning Committee evaluate proposals.




January 10 – Workshop Proposals Due

February 1 – Notification of accepted workshops

March 1 – Finalization of workshops and conference schedule developed

April 4 to 6 – Conference


Thank you!

Please submit this form by January 10, 2014 to Florence Tang,

NQAPIA at Creating Change

NQAPIA is excited to join our friends, allies, and partners at this year’s Creating Change Conference in Atlanta, January 24- 27.    Please find a list of the activities we’re coordinating below, including the third annual AAPI Institute on Thursday, January 24.  Many of these events are open to all and we encourage active participation.  Allies’ respect for the safe spaces designated specifically for AAPIs is appreciated.



NQAPIA at Creating Change 2011






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Are you going to Creating Change?



NQAPIA is excited about heading South for the 25th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change.  This not-to-be-missed event will be held at the Hilton Atlanta on January 23-27.

We will be working with our friends, including API Equality- Northern California and API Equality- Los Angeles on exciting programming to uplift and support the voices of LGBTQ Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders at what is (in our mind) the largest gathering of queer social justice activists in the country.

Check out the description of our AAPI Institute that will be held on January 24 here.

Are you going?  Tell us your Asian American Creating Change story in the comments section below.  Or hit us up on our Facebook page and share it there!  If you’re interested in helping out, e-mail us at and let us know.


Creating Change Together,

Ben de Guzman, NQAPIA Co-Director for Programs

Glenn Magpantay, NQAPIA Co-Director for Development

Alison Lin, NQAPIA Co-Chair