Community Catalyst Awards

NQAPIA’s National LGBTQ API Conference will feature the Community Catalyst Awards Gala where we will recognize organizations and individuals who have made significant impact to improve the lives and advance for the interests of the LGBTQ API community, enhanced their organizations’ infrastructure and programs, or demonstrated exemplary partnership with NQAPIA.

We invite you to nominate yourself, your organization, or another for one of these prestigious nationally acclaimed awards. Top nominees will be announced and the award will be presented at the National Community Catalyst Awards Ceremony in San Francisco, Saturday July 29, 2018.  The awardee or a representative of the recipient must be present to accept the award. No awards in abstentia allowed.

List of awards and award categories are below, and the nomination form is here.

NQAPIA Board & Staff at the 2016 Community Catalyst Awards in New Orleans

MEMBER GROUP AWARDS – 4 categories

Only LGBT API organizations may be nominated for these awards.

LGBTQ Visibility Award
This award is given to the member group that has demonstrated the strongest visibility efforts of the LGBTQ API community.

Community Education Award
This award recognizes the member group that has actively engaged and educated its community members around issues that directly impact the LGBTQ API community

Community Building and Programs Award
This award highlights the member group with the most dynamic programs that have bult community for LGBTQ APIs.

Advocacy Award
This award highlights the member group that has participated in significant grassroots and public policy advocacy activities and programs, and encouraged their base to take action.


Any organization may be nominated for these awards.

Most Impactful “9/11” Action Award
This award highlights the organization that coordinated the most awesome action during NQAPIA’s 9/11 action.

The Family Acceptance Award
This award highlights an organization that has prompted family acceptance and supported parents of LGBT kids

Most Ground-Breaking Convergence Award
This award goes to the member group that coordinated the most meaningful Convergence.

The Anti-Viral Award (The Fight HIV/AIDS Award)
This award goes to the member group that has done the most impactful work to fight the spread of AIDS/HIV in the API community by promoting testing and treatment, or publicity for National API HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.


Corporate Diversity & Inclusion Award
This award recognizes a company that has excelled in promoting diversity and inclusion of both LGBTQ and API people, through an equity lens and corporate social responsibility.

The Legal Eagle Award
This award recognizes a law firm who has dedicated considerable pro bono hours to defending and prompting the legal rights of LGBTQ APIs.

CONFERENCE AWARDS – 2 categories

Growing Home (The Revolutionary Award)
This award uplifts an individual or organization that pushes the envelope towards LGBTQ API liberation. Their actions and politics will significantly pave the way towards a radically inclusive world where people from all race, gender, sexuality, ability, status, and class can be their full authentic selves.

Best Fundraiser to Get to the Conference Award
This award goes to the member group that hosted the most creative fundraiser for their members to get to the conference (not necessarily who raised the most money).

Biggest Turnout (The “Size Queen” Award)
This award goes to the organization (not necessarily a member group) that brought the most members to the conference.  No nominees accepted.  Based on registration.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS – 3 categories

Longevity Award
This award recognized a person in the Bay Area who has consistently and tirelessly fought for the API LGBTQ community (15 year minimum)

This person must reside in the Bay Area.

NQAPIA Board MVP (Most Valuable Player) Award
This award highlights a board member who has contributed the most to NQAPIA’s vision, capacity, fundraising, governance, and long-term planning over the last year.

This person must be a current member of the NQAPIA Board of Directors.

Conference Planning Committee MVP Award
This award highlights the conference planning committee member who has contributed the most to ensuring a successful, inclusive, and powerful national conference.

This person must be a current member of the Conference Planning Committee.



  • Self nomination are allowed and encouraged (do not be shy in claiming our victories and successes)
  • Each entry allows only one nomination for one award.  You may nominate multiple people or multiple organizations for the same award or for different awards BUT each nominee-award must be entered separately as a new entry.  (use cut & paste)
  • Provide your name and email as the Nominator
  • Provide the nominees’ name, email, city/state.  Add contact name if organization.
  • Describe why the person or organization is deserving of the award. 3-5 paragraphs max.
  • All nominations due June 22.
  • Nominees will be notified that they have been nominated for the award by June 29
  • Award presented on July 28 at NQAPIA’s National Community Catalyst Awards Ceremony in San Francisco.

Nominations form here:

Nominate an LGBTQ AAPI Organization for our Community Catalyst Awards

Member of the Year Awards

Next week, NQAPIA will hold its triennial Leadership Summit, and on Saturday, August 13th, we will hold a Community Catalyst Awards Fundraiser Banquet. This year’s event will highlight something new and exciting.

Help Us Celebrate YOU!

NQAPIA staff pictured at the 2016 NYC Community Catalyst Awards

At the Leadership Summit, instead of only recognizing recognizing well-known or famous individuals, we want to recognize our federation members through several Member of the Year awards!

Our Member of the Year awards will highlight the work you have done in six different areas:

  1. Membership Retention and/or Growth
  2. LGBTQ Visibility
  3. Community Education
  4. NQAPIA Partnership
  5. Community Building
  6. Advocacy

Nominate an organization for any and all categories. NQAPIA federation members are organizations who are explicitly missioned as LGBTQ AAPI organizations.

Self-nominations are encouraged.

We also would like to recognize our Board Members by selecting an NQAPIA Board MVP. Help us recognize their impact on the LGBTQ AAPI community!

Applications are due by Sunday, August 7th by 11:59 p.m. ET.

Purchase a ticket for the Community Catalyst Awards Fundraiser Banquet in Louisiana.

2016 Leadership Summit


Summit Schedule

Location – 2015 National Conference


All conference workshops will be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the Student Center East (SCE) building.

University of Illinois at Chicago
Student Center East Building
750 S. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 413-5040

The University of Illinois at Chicago boasts one of the Midwest’s largest AAPI student populations and is the only federally-recognized Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) in the Midwest.


UIC is served by the CTA (the “El”) Blue Line train (UIC-Halsted and Racine stops) connecting the campus with downtown, O’Hare International Airport, northwest and west side neighborhoods of Chicago, and the western suburbs of Oak Park, Forest Park, and Cicero.


A block of rooms have been reserved at the Crowne Plaza in the fanciful neighborhood of Greektown, just 5 blocks from the conference site.
Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro Downtown

733 West Madison Street

Chicago, IL 60661

Reservations must be made by July 6 to secure the special rate of $139/night.
Book online or call 1-800-593-5447 and mention the reservation code “QAI.”

Community Housing
Free community housing is available. To inquire, complete this form  or email

Registration – NQAPIA 2015 National Conference


Join LGBT Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders from across the country for 3 days of honing skills, building relationships, and celebrating our achievements. Whether you are seasoned leaders or just coming out, there’s no better way to gain new perspectives that will support you to be all of who you are in your families, workplace, company, place of worship, and community.

Scholarships and limited income rates are available. Email to inquire.

Register for NQAPIA’s 2015 National Conference in Chicago here!

Full Conference Registration Fee – $225


  • Conference materials
  • Welcome Reception (Thursday night)
  • Breakfast (Friday)
  • Catalyst Awards Banquet Dinner (Friday night off-site)
  • Breakfast (Saturday)
  • Brunch (Sunday)



Regular Registration


Early-Bird Discount (before July 6 extended to July 10)


NQAPIA Member Groups (until July 23)


Late Registration (after July 30 and at the door)


One-Day ONLY


Community Catalyst Awards Dinner ONLY




At NQAPIA, we believe that money should never be a barrier to participating. Partial and full registration scholarships for those with limited incomes are available.

Priority will be given to traditionally underrepresented groups, including people of transgender experience, young people, South Asians, Southeast Asians, Pacific Islanders, refugees, immigrants, women, people from the South, Desert, Mountain, and Plain states, as well as invited workshop presenters.

Notifications will occur on a rolling basis beginning July 1.


We strive to keep the conference and all activities as accessible as possible for all in our community. Tell us whatever special needs you require, and we will do our best to accommodate them, including, but not limited to:

  • Transportation vans for those with limited mobility
  • ASL interpretation
  • Large-print materials for those with limited sight
  • Simultaneous translation
  • All venues are wheelchair accessible.


Dietary restrictions can be accommodated for vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy free, soy-free, Halal, etc. Please designate your dietary restrictions when you register.


Free childcare is available during the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday sessions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


In order to have a successful national conference, NQAPIA needs volunteers like you! Volunteers are crucial to the operation of this conference, and your help will promote and enhance NQAPIA’s collective work. To apply, complete this form:


If you cannot come, would you kindly make a donation, so someone else can?

Sponsorship Opportunities – 2015 National Conference

AAPIs are among the fastest growing minority groups in the nation and are an emerging sector of the LGBTQ community. Sponsoring the NQAPIA conference provides maximum visibility and is a strategic opportunity to achieve marketing goals. Participation in the conference demonstrates simultaneous commitment to both the LGBT and Asian American communities and one’s own company/organization.


A prospectus with detailed information about the various ways to participate, including sponsorship, exhibiting, advertising, and branding opportunities is here: NQAPIA 2015 Prospectus for Sponsors Ads Exhibits.

Payments can be made here:

To learn more, contact Glenn Magpantay at or 917-439-3158.

Sponsorship Levels
Diamond Level – $25,000+
Gold Level – $15,000
Pearl Level – $10,000
Jade Level – $5,000
Lotus Level – $2,500
Jasmine Level – $1,000
General Conference Supporter – $500

All Diamond, Gold, Pearl, Jade, Lotus, and Jasmine Sponsors receive banner placement and signage, exhibiting space, complimentary conference registrations, bag inserts, full-page program book advertisements, and company/organization logo in the looped slideshow at the Gala Dinner.

Extra Items
Company/organization logo on nametag lanyard– $2,000
Insert materials into Conference attendees’ welcome packets – $250

Why Support NQAPIA and the National Conference?

  • Become part of NQAPIA’s critical policy, advocacy and educational initiatives to address homophobia and racial intolerance.
  • NQAPIA is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, so contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.
  • The conference provides a unique opportunity for visibility among the leading LGBT and AAPI community leaders and professionals, as well as national figures, including elected officials, policy makers and advocates.
  • Support of NQAPIA can demonstrate a company commitment to diversity and can promote moral among company employees who are not only LGBT or AAPI, but for the entire workforce.
  • Nearly 90% of gays and lesbians report that a brand’s sponsorship of LGBT events favorably influences their buying decisions. (Community Marketing, Inc., 2007).
  • The buying power of gay and lesbian consumers is likely to exceed $835 billion. This unparalleled brand loyalty is a compelling reason for any company to partner with an LGBT organization. (The Gay and Lesbian Market in the US by Witeck-Combs Communications Inc., in Packaged Facts 2007.)
  • Asian American buying power was estimated at $543.7 billion in 2010 and is projected to climb to $775.1 billion in 2015. The increase is the highest of all race/ethnic groups. (The Multicultural Economy 2010 by the Selig Center for Economic Growth in Packaged Facts; InterTrend Communication’s Knowledge Center 2007, TVB Media Marketing.)

Workshop Schedule – 2015 NQAPIA National Conference


Session Evaluations

Misplaced your program book? Suddenly lost all your papers? Volunteers should have extra evaluations in each session room, but you can also be green by filling out an electronic evaluation.

Conference Grid

Find an UPDATED copy of the conference grid on the Schedule Page.

Conference Program Booklet

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  • Standard Workshop: Basic (1 hr. 15 min.) sessions for general discussion or presentations
  • 3-hour Workshop: Longer (3 hr.) sessions to learn and apply new skills or provide a more thorough treatment of a topic
  • Open Networking Caucus: Facilitated discussions of particular themes to organize around and are welcoming to all to participate
  • Closed Affinity Caucus: Discussions for specific identities (e.g., Southeast Asian, transgender/gender non-conforming, polyamorous, youth) designated as “safe spaces” that are limited to only those who so affiliate
  • Arts/Cultural Program: Performances (7-15 min.) during the Saturday Arts/Cultural night. Daylong standing exhibits are also possible for display.
  • Pre-Conference Convenings: Strategic daylong (8 hr.) meetings on Thursday.


Track Classifications
International Issues
Organizational Development
People of Color
Professional Development
Sex/Sexual Liberation
Skills Training
South Asian
Southeast Asian
Workshop Samples (not a full list)
Workshop Samples (not a full list)

See also Fundraising
Board of Directors: How to be an Effective Board Member
Cultivating and Growing Male-Identified GBT Groups
Ethnic Events and Cultural Celebrations: How to be Being Out and Queer
Developing Peer Support Groups: Practices and Pitfalls
Going 501(c) 3: the Pros, Cons, Hows
Leadership Styles: We Are the Ones We've Been Waiting For
Leadership Style: Development through Improv and Public Speaking
Media: Working with the Media and How to get your story covered
Nonprofits: Why Start a Nonprofit
Resource Exchange on Organizational Development
Social Events: Best Practices for LGBT AAPI Groups
Women’s/ Feminist/ Gender Justice Programming


Age Aint' Nothin' But a Number: Older LGBT AAPIs
API & South Asian Queer Hair Stories
Being Bi in the API Community
Building Multigender / Pan-Asian LGBT AAPI Safe Spaces
Children and Parening: Wannabe Moms & Dads: How to Start an LGBT Family
Coming out as a Techie
Forming and Directing Queer Asian Spaces
Hanau ka Mauna: (Re)connecting to the Piko (center) of our Ea (life breath, sovereignty)
Korean Drumming to Raise Voices!: using Culture to Build Community
Kuma Hina: the true meaning of Aloha
LGBT South Asians: Apart Yet A Part
Mixed Race API's Affinity Group Workshop
Pinay Lesbians Visibilizing
TPOC - A New Narrative
Trans-national adoption: Complexities in Ethnic, Gender and Nation-Identities
Trans* Allyship: Activating Ourselves & Our Communities
Trans Inclusion: Making Your Organization More Trans Inclusive
Visibility Project shoot
Visibility: Raising LGBT AAPI Voices and Storytelling
What makes you a "male?"


See also Race and Racial Justice
AAPI Policy, Advocacy, and Movement Building in Illinois
Aging from AAPI and LGBT perspectives
Decriminalization of 377 in India
Gender Justice 101 / Women’s Policy Issues
Immigration Executive Action: How We Can Take Advantage of DACA/ DAPA
LGBT Economic Security
Legalize Queer APIs: Legal Organizations & Queer API Communities
Militarization on women and the LGBTQ community
Organizing a Rapid-Response for National Policies
Trans Legal Spotlight: ID, Immigration, and Health


AAPIs How to Stand Out, While Blending In
Career Planning
Corporate Partnerships for Non-Profits: How to Make them Effective
Coming out as a Techie
Leadership Styles: We Are the Ones We've Been Waiting For
Leadership Style: Development through Improv and Public Speaking
Peer Listening for Liberation
Professional Development
Working While LGBTQ
Workplace: LGBT and AAPI Equality in the Workplace


Children and Parenting: Wannabe Moms & Dads: How to Start an LGBT Family
Coming out, Family Acceptance and Intergenerational Dialogue in Families of Color
LGBTQ+ 101: Basics for Families and Allies
Parents of Transgender Kids Support
Parents of LGBTs: We Are Family


Examining the Impact of HIV in America's API and LGBTQ Communities
HIV/AIDS Prevention in 2015
Gay API men and PrEP: where are we in the conversation
Developing Peer Support Groups: Practices and Pitfalls
LGBT Cancer Update
South Asian Mental Health and Activism: Decolonizing and Reclaiming healing
Self-Healing Workshop
Transgender Women Living With HIV: Holistic Engagement Solutions
Yoga: Finding Pause and Igniting your Fire


#BlackLivesMatter and AAPIs: How Can We Support
Criminal Justice: Protected and Served?: Systemic Neglect and Misconduct bin the System
Police Misconduct
Racial Profiling: Why the DOJ Guidance is not enough


Corporate Partnerships for Non-Profits: How to Make them Effective
Fundraising for the Grassroots: More $$$, More Power
Grant Writing Basics
Making $$ Werq!
Philanthropic Giving is Love for AAPI LGBTQ Communities


Cambodia Killing Fields Museum and Memorial Tour
LGBTQ API Legacies: A Timeline of Resilience
Our Naked Stories: From 1750 to Now
Pioneers Project


Bible Study For Such A Time As This: Empowering API LGBT Christians
Coming Out Muslim
Convening of People of Faith


Desire: Preference and Social Physics
Mapping Desire
S/M & Kink Basics
Sexual Liberation: Sex work, Sexual Inhibition, Sexual Exhibition
Sexual Racism: All we want are Fats, Fems, and Asian
Polyamory/ Non-Monogomy


Choosing a Career
Developing Queer API Communities on a College Campus
Higher Education Navigation as Queer Asian Americans
LBGTQ2-S Youth Culture
Students thriving as a queer Asian leader on your college campus
Youth Leadership and Organizing

Schedule – 2015 National Conference



We apologize for the many discrepancies between your conference booklet and conference grid. To help correct the mistakes, we have an Agenda Bender, and the images below contain an updated, final version of the conference grid.

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Conference Grid Page 3


Conference Grid Page 4

Agenda Benders

Find a copy of the Agenda Bender (.docx).

THURSDAY, August 6

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Pre-Conference Strategy Meetings
Queer South Asian National Network (QSANN)
Parents of LGBT AAPIs
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Network for Religion and Justice (NRJ)
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Welcome Reception

FRIDAY, August 7

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Opening Breakfast Plenary – Trans Justice
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Session 1: Workshops and Caucuses
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch on your own
1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Session 2: Workshops
2:50 p.m. – 4:05 p.m. – Session 3: Workshops
4:25 p.m. – 5:40 p.m. – Session 4: Caucuses
6:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. – Community Catalyst Awards Banquet Dinner Dance (off-site at Cai Restaurant in Chinatown, 2100 South Archer Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616)

SATURDAY, August 8

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Breakfast Plenary – International Solidarity
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. –Session 5: Workshops and Caucuses
12 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. – Lunch on your own
1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Session 6: Workshops
2:50 p.m. – 4:05 p.m. – Session 7: Workshops
4:25 p.m. – 5:40 p.m. – Session 8: Caucuses
6:00 p.m. – Dinner on your own
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – Arts and Cultural Community Performance (off-site – location to be announced)

SUNDAY, August 9

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Session 9: Workshops and Caucuses
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Brunch Plenary (NQAPIA Annual Meeting)
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Session 10: Regional Caucuses
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Closing Plenary: Report Backs, Next Steps, Evaluation, Thank Yous

Exhibitors all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning