Celebrating our Community

Dear friends,

This is a difficult time for many of us. It’s hard to find support with the deluge of despicable declarations that have been coming from the White House. But, we have to support each other. And, there are several champions in our community who have supported the queer API community and efforts to keep or community safe and fight for immigrants’ rights, racial justice, and LGBT equality.

NQAPIA is working hard to keep our community safe and secure. You can help by making a donation.

Glenn speaks at a podium

Later this month, NQAPIA will be hosting our annual Community Catalyst Awards Celebrations in New York City and Washington, DC. They are celebrations of our community, reunions with old friends, and time to inspire a new generation of leaders. Join us!

For me, they are more than just fundraising banquets. They showcase the people who inspire me and have worked hard to defend our community. Let me tell you about them and why they are so special to me.

Community Catalyst Awards Banquet in Washington, DC on March 11

Gautam RaghavanGautam Raghavan is a first-generation immigrant from India and served as President Barack Obama’s liaison to the LGBT community and the Asian American & Pacific Islander community. Before, he was Deputy White House Liaison for the U.S. Department of Defense and led efforts to undo the Pentagon’s anti-LGBT “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. He is now Vice President of Policy of the Gill Foundation where he drives federal and state efforts to ensure a level playing field for all LGBT Americans.

Miriam YeungMiriam Yeung was most recently the Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) leading the country’s advocacy on behalf of AAPI women and girls. Miriam has brought fierce intersectional analysis, practical policy advocacy, and a deep belief in powerbuilding from the base up. I recognize her as a leader in reproductive justice, immigrant rights, economic justice, and racial justice movements.

AQUA DCFor 20 years, Asian and Pacific Islander Queers United for Action (AQUA DC) has been promoting positive identity and advocating for the general welfare of the API GBTQ male-identified members of the of the Washington, DC metro area. I’ve know the “AQUA boys” for over 15 years and have always admired their advocacy, coalition building, education, networking, outreach, and support.

Where would our community be were it not for Gautam, Miriam, and AQUA?

Community Catalyst Awards Banquet in New York City on March 25

OnginaOngina (born Ryan Ong Palao) is flying in from Los Angeles and is originally from the Philippines. She was part of the 1st Cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race and was best known for her sweetness, fashionable runway presentations, and coming out to the world as HIV+. She now hosts Logo’s series “HIV and Me” to tell the stories of those living with HIV. Ongina inspires me with her views drag as artistic expression and an outlet for a woman stuck in a gay man’s body to come out and let loose and have fun. I can so relate.

Ng FamilyThe Ng Family is one where each member of the family has done so much for the LGBT API community (pictured left to right: Jonas, Virginia, Maxwell, and John).

Father John Ng, was educated in Hong Kong and came to the U.S. in 1974 looking to better his life and provide an opportunity for the next generation. He has spoken on several panels being the proud father of a transgender son. He has been married to his wife Virginia for 43 years.

Mother Virginia Lou Ng, has been involved in the Asian American community for over 35 years and is best known for her work at OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates (formerly the Organization of Chinese Americans) and Charles B. Wang Community Health Center. Virginia served as New Jersey Chapter President and OCA National Vice President.

Son Maxwell Ng chairs the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition. Last summer, MTPC passed legislation to protect Trans people in public accommodations. Maxwell also serves on the Steering Committee for the Queer Asian Pacific-Islander Alliance (QAPA). Founded in 1979, QAPA, is the oldest Asian queer organization in the US.

Brother Jonas Ng is a Vice President at Nationwide Bank. He has excelled as a member of the Bank’s executive leadership team and before was a Managing Director for Discover Card. He is a staunch LGBT ally and has promoted Diversity and Inclusion is at several Fortune 200 financial institutions.

I love that we are honoring a drag queen and a family.


It’s up to the community to support the work of NQAPIA in cultivating a new generation of LGBT API leaders, building local capacity, fighting for immigrants’ rights, and promoting family acceptance. We cannot rely on foundations, corporations, and the rich. So, at each of the dinners, Anish Tailor from KhushDC and Patrick Lee from GAPIMNY will share their personal stories and why they are supporting NQAPIA and the Queer Asian movement. All support at any level helps.

I am so excited for each of these dinners and I hope you can join us. You can buy tickets to the New York and Washington, DC dinners.

If you cannot come, please consider supporting someone else to come so that they can be in community with us. NQAPIA believes that money should never be a barrier to participating. You can donate a ticket by purchasing a ticket for either or both dinners in New York and Washington, DC.

And at the very least, a donation of any amount will help continue the critical work of these amazing honorees. Donate at bit.ly/supportcca.

I hope you can join us and be in community with us either in-person or as a donor. We need your support now more than ever.

In community and solidarity:


Glenn D. Magpantay
Executive Director
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)

#NQAPIA   bit.ly/supportcca   #Catalyst2017

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! bit.ly/cca_nominations

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.

What’s Next for LGBTQ People of Color?

What’s Next for LGBTQ People of Color?

Join the Center for Black EquityLeague of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), NQAPIA, and the Unión=Fuerza Latino Institute on Thursday, July 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for a policy briefing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


What's Next for LGBTQ POC?

Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, President and CEO of the Victory Fund, will moderate a dynamic panel that will address priority issues for LGBTQ People of Color.

Stay after the briefing to enjoy a mixer for the panelists and guests.


A Different Closet: Undocumented LGBT Immigrants

A Different Closet

A Different Closet

Undocumented LGBT Immigrants:
Harsh Realities Special Challenges

Available as a Live or Audiocast CLE Program

One of the hottest political issues of the current election cycle is that of immigration. Undocumented immigrants are being received by American society in a very different way than immigrants in the past. Undocumented LGBT immigrants in particular face unique legal and cultural issues. The goal of this program is delve into the legal and cultural issues faced by being an undocumented LGBT Asian immigrant in the United States in 2016.


Moderator David J. Alfini, Partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

Nishan Bhaumik
Equal Justice Works Fellow
New York City Anti-Violence Project

Rose Cuison-Villazor
Professor of Law
UC Davis School of Law

Apphia Kumar
Board Chair


July 27, 2016

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
800 Third Avenue
13th Floor
New York, New York

Wine, beer and light
fare provided

1 hour of CLE credit is pending for this program

Register for the Live or Audiocast Program

NQAPIA 25% Discount at AAIFF

We are happy to partner with the Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) in presenting three films: Spa Night, LGBTQ Shorts, and Front Cover. AAIFF is the first and longest running festival in the country devoted to films by and about Asians & Asian Americans.

Asian American International Film Festival

NQAPIA supporters receive a 25% discounted rate for any film showing at AAIFF (excluding the Opening Spa Night, Centerpiece, and Closing Front Cover).

Select your tickets at http://aaiff.org/2016/schedule, and after you have added them to your Shopping Cart, enter the promo code NQAPIAaaiff16.

About the Sponsored Films

Opening Film: Spa Night
+ VIP Pre-Reception & Gala Celebration

6:00pm, Thurs., July 21 | Asia Society, 725 Park Ave., New York, NY 10021

Spa Night

Korean-American filmmaker Andrew Ahn’s debut feature film focuses on a young Korean-American man who tries to reconcile his obligations to his struggling immigrant family with his burgeoning sexual desires in the underground world of gay hookups at Korean spas in Los Angeles. SPA NIGHT premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

LGBTQ Shorts + Q&A

1:00pm, Sun., July 24 | Village East Cinema, 181-189 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Spa Night

This short film program explores the many ways that the LGBTQ and Asian American communities intersect. Some highlights include a lesbian Chinese daughter arguing with her mother about legalizing gay marriage in Ballot and a transgender, adopted activist returning to her native Korea in Coming Full Circle. NQAPIA’s own Janani (pictured in yellow) is in Gaysians, a patchwork documentary that explores relationships with family and culture.

Closing Film: Front Cover
+ Awards Ceremony & Reception

8:00pm, Sat., July 30 | Museum of Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave, New York, NY, 11106

Front Cover

Hong Kong filmmaker Ray Yeung’s new film tells the story of a gay Chinese American who detests his Asian heritage and through talent and hard work, has attained his dream job as a celebrity fashion stylist. He soon comes into contact with a closeted actor from Beijing, and their working relationship soon becomes strained by their egos and differing opinions. But a mutual attraction begins to develop, and the stage is set for difficult choices between coming out and bowing to media pressure.

@asiancinevision     #aaiff2016

LGBTQ Allyship Panel Workshop

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LGBTQ Allyship Panel Workshop

This LGBTQ Allyship Panel Workshop is aimed for the general public to generate awareness of the underlying issues of the AAPI LGBTQ community and how to be better allies.


Our panelists will provide a wide range of perspectives, situations and ways allies can support the AAPI LGBTQ community.

 Shamina Singh  Andy Marra  Glenn Magpantay  Clara Yoon
Shamina Singh
MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth Executive Director
Andy Marra
Arcus Foundation Communications Manager
Glenn Magpantay
NQAPIA Executive Director
Clara Yoon
API Rainbow Parent of PFLAG-NYC Founder


At this workshop, the panelists will discuss a corporate perspective, a Family Acceptance Campaign called Family is Still Family, struggles of coming out and the need for allies, and other LGBTQ AAPI issues like immigration and racial justice after-Orlando.




Tuesday, July 19th
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.Networking reception to follow
 Asian American / Asian Research Institute (AAARI)
25 West 43rd Street, #1000
New York, NY 10036
RSVP on Eventbrite.

This event is free, but a suggested donation of $5 is appreciated.

Learn More

Learn more about NQAPIA’s Family Acceptance Campaign by watching our nine multilingual commercials created by the Asian Pride Project, by reading one of our leaflets available in 19 languages, and by attending our Family Acceptance Workshops.

#FamilyisStillFamily     #LoveisStillLove     #FamilyPride     #AAPI     #Pride

This panel was featured in News M, Korean online newspaper: 성소수자 차별받지 않는 세상을 꿈꾼다성소수자 지지를 위한 패널 워크숍(LGBTQ Allyship Panel Workshop).

NQAPIA Week of Action: #StopProfilingImmigrants

#RedefineSecurity  #StopProfilingImmigrants   #NoPRIDEinPolicing

LGBTQ Asian Groups Protest Policing in 8 Cities Nationwide

From Seattle to Boston, Groups Demand End To Profiling, Violence By Local, Federal Law Enforcement

From May 7-15, during Asian Pacific Heritage Month and on the cusp of June Pride events, organizers with the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) and its member organizations are hosting a #RedefineSecurity Week of Action to highlight the harm caused by legalized profiling on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and gender identity by local and federal law enforcement. The events are engaging participants across the country in reimagining safety in Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities and push back against police presence at LGBTQ Pride events in June.

“Our communities will redefine security for themselves, without law enforcement agencies that routinely profile and harass South Asians and Muslims as terrorists, Southeast Asians as gang members, and LGBTQ API people as targets for harassment,” said NQAPIA Organizing Director Sasha W.  “Transgender people, especially transgender women, are routinely subjected to violence. As LGBTQ APIs, we are in solidarity with all Black and brown people who experience profiling from police, from ICE, and from all state agencies.”

The week of action challenges LGBTQ API communities to rethink policing around Pride events. While policing means violence to some API people, it means safety to others – especially those who are lighter-skinned or upper middle class. “If I, as a mixed East Asian person who rarely experiences racial profiling, invest in a form of ‘safety’ that relies on policing and surveillance, it hurts Black and Brown folks,” said Sam H. of Invisible to Invincible.

Many law enforcement agencies are exempt from federal guidelines that protect people from profiling. In 2014, President Barack Obama’s executive order created the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP), which detains and deports people profiled as a danger to national security. The FBI’s Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program profiles Muslim youth. Together, these and other programs normalize and legitimize violence against LGBTQ API communities, and all communities of color.

“These agencies must be held accountable for their biased immigration and criminal justice systems that have been inflicting violence and trauma on API communities,” said Boston QAPA Steering Committee member Kevin Lam. “Especially queer and transgender API communities.”


WHO: NQAPIA and member LGBTQ API organizations across the country
WHAT: #RedefineSecurity Week of Action to Demand an End to Profiling, Violence by Law Enforcement
WHERE: Los AngelesChicagoBostonSeattleBay AreaNYCDC, and New Orleans
WHEN:  May 7-15 (event listings below; all times local to time zones)


Week of Action Flyer

Download the Week of Action Flyer as a PDF
Download the Stop Profiling Immigrants Postcard Petition as a PDF

A.K. Jain, 202-930-5334justwordmedia@gmail.com
Sasha W., 909-343-2219sasha@nqapia.org

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is a federation of LGBTQ Asian American, South Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations. We seek to build the organizational capacity of local LGBTQ AAPI groups, develop leadership, invigorate grassroots organizing, and challenge homophobia and racism.

#RedefineSecurity Week of Action

2016 Community Catalyst Awards

NQAPIA’s 2016 Community Catalyst Awards dinners will be held in New York, Boston, and Washington, DC. These events are a chance for us to come together, share a multi-course banquet, enjoy performances by AAPI artists, and honor incredible organizations and leaders in the LGBTQ AAPI community.

When you get involved with the Community Catalyst Awards, you not only show your support in celebrating, but this is also an opportunity to raise money for continued organizing and advocacy in the LGBTQ AAPI community.

Click on the images and links to learn how to get involved in New York, Boston, and Washington, DC.

New York – March 12, 2016

Community Catalyst Awards NYC

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Boston – March 26, 2016

2016 Community Catalyst Awards Boston

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Washington, DC – April 9, 2016

2016 Community Catalyst Awards DC

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Twitter Chat & National Call

RiseUp! NQAPIA Week of Action on Immigration

Twitter Chat

Saturday, 4/18
4-5 p.m. EDT/1-2 p.m. PDT

 Twitter Chat

Join us for a twitter chat during our Week of Action on issues impacting LGBT AAPI immigrants & our allies, including profiling, detention, deportation, DACA/DAPA, the executive action, and more.

Tweet under #RiseUpNQAPIA to join in!

Contact communications@nqapia.org for more information.

National Call was on Monday, April 13th 

A mp3 of the recording will be available asap.

For information please email pabitra_benajamin@nqapia.org

Speakers included:

Kris Hayashi
Transgender Law Center (TLC)
Sarath Suong
Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM)
Sasha W.
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)