2015 Community Catalyst Awards

NYC Community Catalyst Awards 2015Cocktails  –  12-course Banquet Dinner  –  Dancing


Dennis Chin // Former co-chair of the Gay Asian & Pacific Islander Men of New York

Clara Yoon // Founder of API Project of PFLAG NYC and a proud mother of a transgender son

GABRIELA-USA  // The overseas chapter of the Philippine-based organization, extending the Filipino women’s movement to the United States.

Saturday, March 28, 2015
6:00 – 11:30 pm

Grand Harmony Restaurant
98 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

Individual tickets – $75/person
Limited income rate available. Email to inquire.

*Host Committee Rates
Table of 10 for $750
Table of 5 for $375

*All Host Committee Members are listed in the event program book and email invitations, receive free ads, and a bottle of wine for their table.

**Sponsorship Rates
Gold – $1,000
Silver – $500

**Sponsorships include free tickets, a full-page ad, high name recognition at the event and all promotional materials.

$50/quarter page ad
$250/full page


Apphia Kumar, Stephanie Hsu, Glenn D. Magpantay, Eli Rhee. Ryan Shen, and Piali Mukherjee
Graphic Designer:  Jeff Louie


Glenn D. Magpantay

All proceeds benefit NQAPIA and local LGBT Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander organizations and activists to attend the national LGBT AAPI conference in Chicago, August 6-9, 2015.

NQAPIA 2015 Conference

NQAPIA 2015 Conference

Thriving Together: Queer APIs Building Community, Solidarity & Movement

August 6-9, 2015


Every three years, we come together  to network, organize, agitate, educate and build at the nation’s largest gathering of LGBT AAPI communities. This year we’re excited to be in Chicago with Invisible to Invincible (i2i) and Trikone-Chicago in the spirit of Thriving Together: Queer APIs Building Community, Solidarity & Movement.

You are invited to submit a proposal!

To thrive as a movement we must strive to discuss what it is to be in community and work towards solidarity. Thriving Together: Queer APIs Building Community, Solidarity & Movement is a chance for us to convene the bright minds, hearts, voices and talents that make up our community—YOU! It’s chance for NQAPIA members and partners to learn concrete skills from one another and to help our organizations thrive.

Join us August 6-9 in Chicago! Share as leaders of LGBT AAPI organizations, artists, social justice lovers, and those who just want to help build our queer APIA community.

NQAPIA National Conference

Submit a proposal!

Thriving Together: Queer APIs Building Community, Solidarity & Movement

Proposals are due February 23rd, 2015.

We are looking for ideas on workshops, trainings, arts and cultural performances, caucuses, and pre-conference convenings. SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL HERE!

For questions please email

Official NQAPIA 2015 RFP


NQAPIA Statement on Grand Jury Decision Regarding the Shooting of Michael Brown

NQAPIA stands in solidarity with the family of Michael Brown and all those who protest injustice.  As LGBT Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders, we know too well the pains of those who suffer under unbridled police misconduct and other law enforcement officials. We stand arm in arm with the community of Ferguson to demand justice for Mike Brown. Black lives matter and we do not accept the decision of the Grand Jury.

Violence perpetrated by state actors in the streets of Ferguson, at immigration detention center, or at the border must be curtailed and the safety and security of all people of color–African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans — and especially young people, immigrants, people of transgender experiences must be safeguarded. Law enforcement agencies must be held accountable to the communities they swore to serve and protect.

The Grand Jury’s refusal to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown is a statement by our Justice System that if you wear a badge, you do no not have to be accountable to the same laws as the people in this nation. It is a statement that black lives don’t matter and that American judicial system will continue to use two different water fountains: One for those who wear the badge and another for “colored” people.

NQAPIA calls on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the Ferguson Police Department for systematic civil rights violations. We also call on the U.S. Department of Justice to issue guidance on racial and religious profiling to provide safeguard our communities from state actors.

NQAPIA calls on our queer Asian community to rise up and protest injustice; to stand in solidarity with the people of Ferguson. Join protests around the nation to demand justice for Mike Brown.

#MikeBrown #BlackLivesMatter #Solidarity

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!



Happy New Year!

NQAPIA wishes love, joy, health, and prosperity to all our family and friends who are celebrating the Year of the Horse today.  NQAPIA board, staff, and partners are in Houston at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s Creating Change conference. As part of the AAPI Planning Institute, NQAPIA Co-Director Ben de Guzman and Alice Y. Hom from AAPIP’s Queer Justice Fund gave Lunar New Year greetings to the 4,000 attendees to the conference.

Ben de Guzman and AAPI Institute Planning Committee giving Lunar New Year greetings at Creating Change 2014

Ben de Guzman and AAPI Institute Planning Committee giving Lunar New Year greetings at Creating Change 2014


The video for their presentation is online here: (the presentation starts at the 10:20 mark in the video)

The text of their comments is below.

Ben de Guzman:

On January 31, billions of people around the world will celebrate Lunar New Year and welcome the year of the Horse.  On behalf of the AAPI Institute Planning Committee we’re heppy to bring you greetings and jointly welcome the New Year together with you, our Creating Change family.

Lunar New Year is celebrated by billions of people around the world whose families trace their roots to places like China, Vietnam, and Korea. Here at our AAPI Institute, some of the fiercest East Asian  and Southeast Asian queer activists and leaders in our community came to share wisdom and learn with South Asian and Pacific Islander folks as well. For everyone who is here celebrating Lunar New Year we give you specific AAPI Creating Change love.

But we also know that even more of our communities are NOT with us this weekend. Even more fierce voices from our communities are not able to be here because they’ve made the choice to be with their biological families, their cultural families with whom they learned to celebrate Lunar New Year, They’re not here because they’ve made the choice to be with their movement families that are doing the hard, but important work this weekend to build visibility of queer people in AAPI communities that are celebrating Lunar New Year this weekend.  Our Open Letter talks about this and we invite you to read it in your Program book.

Two stories that have been happening this weekend that we’re particularly proud of. In Westminster, CA, Vietnamese Rainbow Orange County are leading a queer contingent in their Tet Parade in the largest Vietnamese community in the United States after waging a years long battle to be included. On the other side of the country, a Lunar New Year for All queer contingent will march in one of the country’s oldest Chinatown New Year’s parades.

The work they’ve done to engage straight families and communities in a linguistically competent and culturally resonant way is cutting edge because NOBODY ELSE IS DOING IT. They embody the goals of inclusion and multicultural outreach to people of color and immigrants that we as a movement are talking about here this weekend and we couldn’t be more proud of them.

One final story we wanted to share with you tonight is here with us and I wanted to bring her up to share her thoughts about what it means to be here at Creating Change this weekend.  I’m proud to call her a colleague, a co-conspirator, and most importantly, my movement spouse.  Alice Hom


Hello Houston!

Thanks, Ben. I’m the youngest daughter, gender nonconforming daughter, in my Chinese immigrant family and I made a difficult decision to be at Creating Change this year. My mom is 86 years young and while she is still in good health, I’m consistently aware that she is aging and that I may not have many more lunar new year celebrations with her.

Early this month, my mom talked about our lunar new year dinner that takes place on the eve of the holiday and would have been tonight. When I told her that I wouldn’t be in Los Angeles because of a conference, she didn’t miss a beat. Like many immigrant parents, she rolled with it. So we celebrated our lunar new year early with dinner last Sunday.

But still, it’s a bit bittersweet moment that my family willingly accommodated this choice when there shouldn’t have to be choice in the first place. I’d rather not have to choose between being Asian or being queer. I’m privileged that I can be all of my identities at the same time and that I am accepted and a welcomed member of the many communities that I’m a part of. I run the Queer Justice Fund for Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy and AAPIP works with AAPI LGBTQ organizations to address the culture of homophobia in ethnic communities and the culture of racism in LGBTQ communities.  I do this work with those who attended the 4th Queer API Institute today and with many of you as allies and partners at Creating Change.

So while I can’t be with my family of origin tonight, I am grateful to have the opportunity to be with my chosen family of lgbtq folks who will take the time to think about the structural barriers that keep others from being here. Thank you and may the Year of the Horse bring you much love, peace, rainbows, glitter, unicorns, and a trouble making spirit to make our world a better place for all of us.

June 2013 E-blast: LGBT Pride, Immigration, Community Catalyst Awards, and MORE

June is wrapping up on a high note!  With historic movement in Washington, DC on immigration and marriage equality, and unprecedented celebrations at Pride events around the country, Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) lesbian,gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities have been at the center of the action!

In this e-blast, find out more information about the following:

NQAPIA Annoucements and Activities:  Intern Corner, Immigration, and NQAPIA Community Catalyst Awards

Around the Horn:   DesiQ, LGBT Pride

News and Notes:  Supreme Court, ENDA, SSA

NQAPIA Announcements and Activities

Community Catalyst Award Flyer.Front

Intern Corner:  We are pleased to welcome interns Steven Cong and Elizabeth Duthinh to Team NQAPIA this summer.  Check out their reflections and observations every week on our blog.  This week, they offer their take on what’s been an historic week in the nation’s capital.

Immigration: NQAPIA took our communities’ voices to Capitol Hill as the Senate took an historic vote on comprehensive immigration reform.  With Tony Choi, a queer undocumented immigration from New Jersey, we delivered 2,700 postcards to the Senate, meeting with Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ).

NQAPIA Community Catalyst Awards: We are pleased to announce our annual Community Catalyst Awards this year, which will be held at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel in Honolulu, HI.  Join us on Saturday, July 27 as we honor former NFL football player and LGBT activist Esera Tuaolo and UNITE HERE Local 5.  Check us out on Facebook for more information.



Around the Horn: AAPI LGBT Action Across the Country


San Francisco, CA:  Hundreds of LGBT South Asians from around the world are converging on San Franicsco this coming weekend for the DesiQ conference.  NQAPIA is going to be there in full force July 4-6.  For more information, click here.

LGBT Pride:  We’ve been documenting local groups’ LGBT Pride contingents all month.  Cities like New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Twin Cities, and Seattle are closing us out this weekend.  We are gathering images and stories about queer AAPIs making our voices heard.  Tell us your story at

News and Notes: Legislative and Policy Roundup

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Supreme Court:  NQAPIA monitored a number of issues taken on by the Supreme Court in their recently concluded session.  While much of the news coverage (particularly in the LGBT media) has focused on marriage equality, NQAPIA weighed in on cases that were decided on issues such as Affirmative Action and Voting Rights.  We joined a national statement from the LGBT community expressing our disappointmenent on their ruling on Voting Rights.

Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA): Out & Equal released a new report that explores the discrimination LGBT employees face in the workforce. You can check out their report here.

Social Security Administration (SSA):  Transgender communities got good news this month when the SSA announced new policies that will improve people’s ability to change the gender markers on their identity documents, including their Social Security cards.  Our friends at the National Center for Transgender Equality issued this factsheet explaining the new policies.

2012 National Conference Video

Join us at Presence, Power, Progress! The NQAPIA National Conference

Join us at Presence, Power, Progress! The NQAPIA National Conference

We want your Presence and Power to help us make Progress at the NQAPIA National Conference! We’ll be in Washington DC from July 19-22 and we’re hoping you’ll join us!

See our Facebook Event. Register: here.

Add your voice to over 300 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders activists and attendees across the United States.

Together we’ll network, organize, agitate, educate, and build the capacity of the nation’s LGBT AAPI community.  We have in store:

  • Amazing workshops
  • Exciting presentations, discussions, and forums
  • Networking caucuses
  • Inspirational speakers
  • Moving performance arts
  • And more!

Phillip reflects:

“When I went to NQAPIA’s last conference in August 2009, I didn’t know what to expect. I discovered a community of people who faced similar issues and shared my passions. I left the conference with new friends, a greater understanding of who I am, and commitment to our community.”

Alison exclaims:

I know that this year’s conference will catalyze leadership in local queer and trans API movements, connect participants into a network of support, and invigorate our collective power. I can’t wait to see you there!

We’re preparing to host you for a transformative weekend that celebrates our diverse and complex communities. Join us to connect with new friends, create fond memories and strengthen your ability to fight for the rights and dignity of our communities.

You can register here: NQAPIA Conference Registration.

In community,

Alison Lin & Phillip Ozaki
NQAPIA Board Co-Chairs

PS. If you want to support the conference, please donate here . You can help us ensure that more voices are present by providing registration scholarships for those with fewer financial resources.

NQAPIA and Chicago i2i’s Spring “Coming Out” Social

You’re invited to:
NQAPIA and Chicago i2i’s Spring “Coming Out” Social
Saturday, April 21, 2012 at 7 p.m.

Come meet the NQAPIA Co-Directors and National Board Members when we are in Chicago to plan and strategize for our upcoming year!

– Learn about NQAPIA exciting initiatives on immigration, visibility, and awareness raising
– Connect with Board Members and activists from all over the country
– Find out more about our 2012 National Conference in Washington, DC!

When: Saturday, April 21st at 7pm
Where: Jak’s Tap, 901 W. Jackson St. (near Halsted)

Getting there: Blue Line to UIC-Halsted, #126 Jackson and #8 Halsted buses. Metered street parking available.

$20 suggested donation | $10 students & low-income
Cash Bar and Hors d’Oeuvres
All ages welcome.

Funds raised will support scholarships for our upcoming National Conference in July.

Friends, family and allies welcome! -We have a  private party room with gender-neutral restrooms.

Want to RSVP and donate ahead of time by credit card?
Want to RSVP, but pay at the door?
That’s cool- email Joy at

In Community,
Joy Messinger & Liz Thomson, Chicago-based NQAPIA Board Members