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 is Hiring! Help us build an LGBT AAPI Movement!

Job Annoucement

NQAPIA Organizer

February 2015





Washington, DC

Job Status


Reports to

NQAPIA Executive Director


Commensurate with professional experience

Position Summary

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) seeks an Organizer who will engage NQAPIA’s alliance of local lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations and mobilize the community on variety of efforts, including immigrants’ rights, increasing LGBTQ AAPI visibility, and coordinating and recruiting for trainings, conferences, and leadership Summits. (Exact title may be changed depending on experience.)

The ideal candidate should be a strong team player with a strong interest/background in grassroots organizing, community mobilization, immigration, social justice, and AAPI and LGBTQ issues to further support our programming and local and national field actions.


The National Queer Asian Pacific IslanderAlliance is a federation of LGBTQ AAPI organizations. We seek to build the organizational capacity of local LGBTQ AAPIgroups, develop leadership, promote visibility, educate our community, enhance grassroots organizing, expand collaborations, and challenge homophobia and racism.


Membership Engagement and Leadership Development: Build relationships with local AAPI LGBTQ organizations. Encourage and support local advocacy and mobilization around immigrants’ rights and social justice. Promote leadership development through NQAPIA trainings at Leadership Summits and conferences.

Immigration Advocacy: Maintain NQAPIA’s advocacy work on immigrants’ rights. Support local field activities, provide national coordination with to amplify collective voice around immigrants’ rights, and connect with policy advocates in Washington, DC. Attend monthly meetings of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA).

Media: Support NQAPIA’s communications work to amplify messages in the media (news media, social media, etc.) around immigrants’ rights, issues affecting AAPI and LGBTQ communities, and LGBTQ AAPI visibility. Promote NQAPIA’s “Uncovering Our Stories” campaign to highlight AAPI LGBTQ immigration issues.

Skills and Experience

Organizing Experience: At least 2-3 years of grassroots organizing experience (or related experience). Strong ability to cultivate individual relationships to inspire and support others to take action.

Leadership Development Skills: Strong ability to promote and train new leaders and facilitate meetings.

Strong Self-Starter: The ability to develop new ideas on how to accomplish goals and the wherewithal to get the work done.

Knowledge of Immigration: Working knowledge of immigration, immigration policy, and immigrant communities is helpful.

Knowledge of AAPI LGBTQ Communities: Relationships with AAPI LGBTQ organizations, leaders, and advocates is helpful. Knowledge of Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and/ or Pacific Islander languages is not required, but definitely a plus.

Passion for Social Justice Work: Motivation to create change and dogged persistence will be critical to run a campaign with many moving pieces.

Comfortable with Technology and Virtual Communication: An ability to work with local partners across the country across different communications platforms (e.g., telephone, e-mail, social media).

Education and Training: A college degree or 4-5 years of commensurate experience in the field is required.


Salary is competitive and is dependent on skills and experience. Health insurance, vacation, and other benefits are included.

To Apply

Submit a one-page cover letter describing your qualifications and a current resume to Glenn Magpantay at with the subject line “NQAPIA Organizer.”

Organizer PDF Job Description

Applications due by Feb. 23, 2015 or until filled.

NQAPIA Congratulates Glenn D. Magpantay as our new Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is excited to announce that Glenn D. Magpantay is NQAPIA’s new Executive Director.  Glenn has been with NQAPIA since the beginning, as one of the organization’s founders.  Since 2009, he has served as NQAPIA’s Co-Director of Development.

As Co-Director, Glenn has grown NQAPIA over the years.  He successfully garnered the resources and talented staff to build a new generation of LGBT Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander leaders, create a vibrant network of activistsbuild the capacity of local LGBT AAPI groups, advance the rights and dignity of immigrants, and increase the visibility of LGBT AAPIs in the media.

Before joining NQAPIA full-time, Glenn had a long and distinguished career as a civil rights attorney at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, where he worked to protect and promote the voting rights and political participation of Asian Americans. He continues to inspire new legal minds and future advocates by teaching Race & the Law at Brooklyn Law School and Asian American Civil Rights at Hunter College/ CUNY.

Bex Ahuja, co-chair of the Board said, “NQAPIA has experienced significant growth in recent years under Glenn’s leadership. In his new role as Executive Director, Glenn is strategically positioned to drive further expansion in our programming, impact and budget. He excels in relationship-building, is results-oriented and is also firmly committed to consensus decision-making and collective practices in the spirit of collaboration and inclusiveness.  The Board is confident that he will drive NQAPIA towards continued success.”

Glenn said, “I could not be more proud and more excited.  NQAPIA – as a federation of many local LGBT AAPI organizations – provides a new model of movement building work for the LGBT community, an intersectional analysis on racial justice and the LGBT rights agenda, and amore diverse face of the leaders of our communities.”

“At the same time, we must be vigilant.  The community’s recent victory on immigration executive action must be preserved and expanded– we must avail ourselves of the new rights and continue to fight for those who were left out.  Many local LGBT AAPI groups are still struggling to blend social activities with social change work and to be more inclusive of people of transgender experiences.  And as AAPIs, we must commit ourselves to the larger movement for racial justice and always be in solidarity with all communities of color.   Our members, volunteers, donors, and supporters are key to making this happen.”

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is a federation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations.  We seek to build the organizational capacity of local LGBT AAPI groups, develop leadership, promote visibility, educate our community, enhance grassroots organizing, expand collaborations, and challenge homophobia and racism. 

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


New Directions for NQAPIA

NQAPIA friends and family,

On behalf of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance, we are excited to announce new developments. As an organization that works to build the capacity of local LGBT AAPI organizations, invigorate grassroots organizing, develop leadership, and challenge homophobia, racism, and anti-immigrant bias, this is part of the next step in our dynamic and growing organization.

After five years as NQAPIA’s Co-Director of Programs, Ben de Guzman, will be moving on to pursue new opportunities. From helping secure our first seed funding before we were even called NQAPIA, to starting as our first full time staff, Ben has played a central role in NQAPIA’s formation and growth.  He leaves having positioned us with strong leadership, a vision to bring NQAPIA to the next level, and lots of fond memories.

At this time, we are close to hiring our first Immigrant Rights Organizer. As part of our ongoing commitment to serve the most immediate needs facing our communities, we will bring on new staff that will focus on organizing our member groups around immigrant rights and elevating our national voice in this critical debate.

Last year we spent a lot of time focusing on the future, as part of a strategic planning process. Out of the feedback, surveys, and conversations with stakeholders around the country – one thing continued to rise up, it was the need to focus NQAPIA’s efforts on building our base. As a result we will be spending a lot more time on member engagement, summits and conferences that build leadership, strengthen community and prepare us for the long term battles –both locally and nationally – that we must win to ensure equality for our community.

As we share this news, we are hard at work moving on a number of fronts. We are preparing for our national conference in 2015, which will be our largest event ever. At the same time, we look to organize a national LGBTQ Week of Action for immigrants’ rights in the early part of next year. We will continue to release more portrayals of AAPI parents expressing love and support for their LGBTQ kids and amplify their reach to a wider audience in the media.

We want to close by thanking you, our partners. Whether you are a member, community leader, funder, or ally – your ongoing support and feedback continue to make us better and more ready than ever to meet the needs of our growing and vibrant community. Please feel free to reach out with any questions to our leadership:

Glenn Magpantay, Co-Director of Development

Ben de Guzman, Co-Director of Programs  [After September]

Phillip Ozaki, Board Co-Chair

Mandy Hu, Board Co-Chair

On behalf of NQAPIA, thank  you for your continued support of our work.

In solidarity,

NQAPIA Staff and Board

P.S. Please help us celebrate Ben by sending us photos, quotes or other items that we can compile as gratitude for his service. Send to by August 27 as Ben’s last day will be September 5. After September 5, Ben can be reached via e-mail at bdeguzman at gmail dot com.

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.



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,

Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and Immigration Take Center Stage at LGBT Summit in Hawai’i

National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) holds first LGBT Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander convening, focuses leadership training on both immigration reform and indigenous concerns for LGBT communities

For Immediate Release: Friday, August 2

Contact: Ben de Guzman


Phone: 202-422-4909

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