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What Is HIV?

HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS, if not treated. Unlike some other viruses, the human body can’t get rid of HIV completely, even with treatment. So once you get HIV, you have it for life.

HIV attacks the body’s immune system, specifically the CD4 cells (T cells), which help the immune system fight off infections. Untreated, HIV reduces the number of CD4 cells (T cells) in the body, making the person more likely to get other infections or infection-related cancers. Over time, HIV can destroy so many of these cells that the body can’t fight off infections and disease. These opportunistic infections or cancers take advantage of a very weak immune system and signal that the person has AIDS, the last stage of HIV infection.

No effective cure currently exists, but with proper medical care, HIV can be controlled. The medicine used to treat HIV is called antiretroviral therapy or ART. If taken the right way, every day, this medicine can dramatically prolong the lives of many people infected with HIV, keep them healthy, and greatly lower their chance of infecting others. Before the introduction of ART in the mid-1990s, people with HIV could progress to AIDS in just a few years. Today, someone diagnosed with HIV and treated before the disease is far advanced can live nearly as long as someone who does not have HIV.

What Is AIDS?

AIDS is the most severe phase of HIV infection. People with AIDS have such badly damaged immune systems that they get an increasing number of severe illnesses, called opportunistic infections.

How Is HIV Transmitted?

You can get or transmit HIV only through specific activities. Most commonly, people get or transmit HIV through sexual behaviors and needle or syringe use.

Only certain body fluids—blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid, rectal fluids, vaginal fluids, and breast milk—from a person who has HIV can transmit HIV. These fluids must come in contact with a mucous membrane or damaged tissue or be directly injected into the bloodstream (from a needle or syringe) for transmission to occur. Mucous membranes are found inside the rectum, vagina, penis, and mouth.

In the United States, HIV is spread mainly by

  • Having anal or vaginal sex with someone who has HIV without using a condom or taking medicines to prevent or treat HIV.
    • For the HIV-negative partner, receptive anal sex (bottoming) is the highest-risk sexual behavior, but you can also get HIV from insertive anal sex (topping).
    • Either partner can get HIV through vaginal sex, though it is less risky for getting HIV than receptive anal sex.
  • Sharing needles or syringes, rinse water, or other equipment (works) used to prepare drugs for injection with someone who has HIV. HIV can live in a used needle up to 42 days depending on temperature and other factors.

Who is at Risk for HIV?

HIV can affect anyone regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, gender or age. However, certain groups are at higher risk for HIV and merit special consideration because of particular risk factors.

Gay and bisexual men have the largest number of new diagnoses in the United States. Blacks/African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos are disproportionately affected by HIV compared to other racial and ethnic groups. Also, transgender women who have sex with men are among the groups at highest risk for HIV infection, and injection drug users remain at significant risk for getting HIV.

Risky behaviors, like having anal or vaginal sex without using a condom or taking medicines to prevent or treat HIV, and sharing needles or syringes play a big role in HIV transmission. Anal sex is the highest-risk sexual behavior. If you don’t have HIV, being a receptive partner (or bottom) for anal sex is the highest-risk sexual activity for getting HIV. If you do have HIV, being the insertive partner (or top) for anal sex is the highest-risk sexual activity for transmitting HIV.

How Can I Tell if I Have HIV?

You can't rely on symptoms to tell if you have HIV. The only way to know for sure is to GET TESTED.You cannot rely on symptoms to tell whether you have HIV. The only way to know for sure if you have HIV is to get tested. Knowing your status is important because it helps you make healthy decisions to prevent getting or transmitting HIV.


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LGBT Asians/South Asians Urge U.S.  Supreme Court to Strike Down Trump’s  Anti-Muslim Travel Ban

Read the LGBT Amicus Brief at bit.ly/17-956

Tomorrow on April 25, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Donald Trump’s third iteration of his anti-Muslim Travel Ban. The ban, issued by Executive Order, bars people from certain majority Muslim countries from coming to the United States.

LGBT Asian/South Asian groups submitted an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down. The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), with the pro bono assistance of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, spearheaded the brief illustrating the impact of Trump’s travel ban on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Brief is here: bit.ly/17-956.

Glenn D. Magpantay, NQAPIA Executive Director and Counsel on the Amicus Brief, said, “Trump’s anti-Muslim travel ban has a direct impact on the lives of LGBT people and tears families apart. The defense relies on some of the cases and legal theories that supported the internment of Japanese Americans.”

He continued, “We’ve been here before. In 1987, President Regan instituted an anti-HIV Travel ban. In 1952, the U.S. Supreme Court banned homosexuals because they were persons of ‘bad moral character.’ In 1882, the Chinese Exclusion Act banned Chinese from immigrating to the United States. Let’s never forget. Never again.”


The amicus brief details the oppressive conditions for LGBT people living in the countries named in the travel ban, where homosexuality is criminalized and LGBT people are persecuted. The brief explains how Trump’s ban prevents LGBT people in those countries from joining their families and loved ones in the United States, increasing their exposure to persecution in their home countries.

Moreover, the brief argues that the ban deprives U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents of their constitutionally-protected liberty interests in maintaining familial relationships with their loved ones whose safety is jeopardized by their sexual orientation or gender identity. Because the ban’s narrow—and legally required—exceptions lack meaningful rules guaranteeing equal treatment of LGBT visa applicants, Trump’s travel ban disproportionately denies LGBT people the ability to reunite with their loved ones in the United States.


8 signed-on organizations

Seven (7) LGBTQ South Asian and Asian Pacific Islander organizations across the country join as co-amici to sign on to the brief:

  • API Equality-Los Angeles
  • API Equality-Northern California (APIENC)
  • Invisible to Invincible (i2i): Asian Pacific Islander Pride of Chicago
  • KhushDC
  • Massachusetts Area South Asian Lambda Association (MASALA)
  • Queer South Asian Collective (QSAC)
  • South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association of New York City (SALGA-NYC)
  • Trikone Northwest

In addition to these groups, the NYC Gay & Lesbian Anti Violence Project; Immigration Equality; LGBT bar associations in New York (LeGaL), Chicago (LAGBAC), San Francisco (BALIF), and Los Angeles; and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) in Boston also joined.

Shristi Pant, a member of QSAC in Boston, said, “As an organization for South Asian queer and trans folks, we have a duty to support our Muslim community members, as well as Muslim folks from other areas of the world. This travel ban is just one aspect of the anti-Muslim violence that is being perpetuated in and by the U.S. and one that deeply affects Muslim LGBTQA+ folks in need of refuge from the violence they already face.”

Sammie Ablaza Wills, Director of API Equality-Northern California, commented that, “The anti-Muslim and anti-refugee ban is political fear mongering, directly impacting many in our communities. As LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander people, we understand that we cannot accept policies that dehumanize our Muslim and refugee family members. APIENC is dedicated to working towards safety and freedom for our people, and we will fight the Muslim ban at the airports, on the streets, and in the courts.”

Anne Watanabe, i2i core member in Chicago further elaborated, “As Asian Americans, we remember the disgraceful U.S. history of 120,000 Japanese American and Japanese people being forced into detention camps as a result of wartime hysteria filled with racism. We are now seeing this racist history repeat itself against Muslims and other targeted communities.”

Prior Actions

API Equality-LA works in solidarity with LGBTQ Muslims and those affected by racial profiling. In 2017, API Equality-LA took action on 9/11 highlighting the experiences of queer and trans Muslims and South Asians through a vigil hosted at Los Angeles City Hall. Its Indi(visible) Campaign advocates for a holistic approach towards immigration equality that encompasses challenging Islamophobia and the Muslim Ban, defending DACA and undocumented communities, and protecting LGBTQ immigrants, particularly trans immigrants of color.

Last fall, before the Supreme Court was scheduled to hear oral arguments on Trump’s second version of the travel ban, NQAPIA and several of the co-signing groups organized awareness raising actions in seven (7) cities—Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC—protesting the violence, harassment, and profiling that LGBTQ South Asians and Muslims have endured since 9/11.

“For the past two years, on the anniversary of 9/11, KhushDC has participated in and organized direct actions to raise awareness of Islamophobia. These actions bring attention to the increased profiling and discrimination faced by Muslim people in the U.S.,” said Anish Tailor of KhushDC.

The effort, entitled “#QueerAzaadi,” featured community funerals to lift the names of Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim, trans women, African Americans, and undocumented immigrants killed in hate crimes; storytelling speak outs of LGBTQ Muslims and experiences of violence in the last 16 years; and mock checkpoints targeting white people to replicate the profiling that South Asian, Muslim, API, and people of color experience at airports and government buildings. 300 people participated in the actions in seven (7) cities that unveiled the interlocking systems of Islamophobia, Transphobia, Xenophobia, and Anti-Blackness.

Voices of Queer Muslims

NQAPIA has also published the personal stories of LGBT Muslims and South Asians sharing their experiences of policing and profiling in writing at nqapia.org/redefinesecurity-stories and in video at nqapia.org/redefinesecurity-videos.

Historical Timeline

1882 – Anti-Chinese Travel Ban
In 1882, Congress adopted and the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Chinese Exclusion Act, the first piece of federal legislation that singled out a minority group for invidious discrimination and barred their entry. It was not until 1943 that Chinese people could naturalize to become U.S. citizens. The Act was passed after many Chinese people had built the transcontinental railroad which unified the United States East and West.

1952 – Anti-LGBT Travel Ban
From 1952 to 1990, LGBT people were excluded from the U.S. because they were deemed to be of “psychopathic personality.” The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the law and its application to homosexuals. Lower courts further denied the naturalization of LGBT immigrants because they were persons of “bad moral character.”

1987 – Anti-HIV Travel Ban
From 1987 to 2010, President Reagan issued an Executive Order, which President Bush extended, barring people with AIDS or who were HIV+ from entering the United States. Congress then codified the HIV+ exclusion into federal law in 1993. It was not until 2010, under President Obama, when the travel restriction was eliminated.

2017 – Anti-Muslim Travel Ban
Trump issued an executive order preventing people from 6 majority Muslim counties (Syria, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, and Somalia) and all refugees from entering the United States.

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The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is a nationwide federation of LGBTQ Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (API) organizations. We seek to build the organizational capacity of local LGBTQ API groups, develop leadership, and expand collaborations to better challenges anti-LGBT bias and racism.

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Not Another Death Threat: Queer and Trans Muslim Realities in America

By Almas Haider

There should be a name for the particular depression of living as a queer trans Muslim of color in America. A specific PTSD of walking the streets in constant fear of being racialized as Muslim and have your gender and sexual orientation questioned. The pleasure of not just having one day a year, September 11th, to expect extra harassment, but surprise holidays like “Punish a Muslim Day.” The joy of calling your mother and father, asking them their plans for the day, and telling them to “be mindful, keep your phone charged, and go home and call me if you don’t feel safe outside today.” Because to be a queer trans Muslim of color in America means to live in a state of anticipation of what hate violence we can expect next.

In the past two years since Trump’s campaign and subsequent election, there has been a surge in anti-immigrant legislation and hate violence. According to a study conducted by South Asians Americans Leading Together (SAALT), from Election Day 2016 to Election Day 2017 there have been “302 incidents of hate violence and xenophobic political rhetoric aimed at South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Middle Eastern, and Arab communities in the United States.” 82% of these incidents were motivated by anti-Muslim sentiment, a “45% increase from the year leading up to the 2016 election cycle, levels not seen since the year after September 11th.” [SAALT]

This rapidly escalating level of hate violence was not created in a vacuum. This cycle of violence is directly tied to the racist and xenophobic legislation and systems of the United States. The latest manifestation of this has been the Muslim Travel Ban which will be heard by the Supreme Court on April 25th. The executive order, “bans citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days, suspends the entry of all refugees for at least 120 days, and bars Syrian refugees indefinitely,” creating yet another form of institutionalized Islamophobia in the U.S. [ACLU].

In response, on March 26th the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) and seven LGBT South Asian and API groups submitted an amicus (“friend of the court”) brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down Donald Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban. The brief showed how the ban has a direct impact on the lives of LGBTQIA people and tears families apart.

This brief is in part a direct response to an attempt to pinkwash the Muslim Travel Ban. Language included in the Ban says it will protect Americans by barring entry to “those who would oppress Americans of any race, gender, or sexual orientation” [Human Rights First]. This insinuates that people living in Muslim-majority countries are queerphobic and transphobic, a marketing and political tool most infamously being used by Israel to justify Palestinian genocide.

How quintessentially American: the Ban would bar queer and trans immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers from seeking a complicated form of “safety” in the U.S., while claiming that the ban will help keep queer and trans people safe. This will in turn further the narrative of queerphobic and transphobic tyrants reigning in Muslim majority countries, justifying ongoing U.S. imperialism and intervention in the Middle East and creating more refugees. And the amount of physical and verbal violence queer and trans Muslims of color experience within the U.S. will continue to increase.

As the policies of the state become normalized in our everyday lives, the next turn in this cycle of queer, trans, and gendered islamophobia is the increase in hate crimes against our communities. For queer and trans Muslims of color, these attacks target multiple identities that we hold. According to the 2016 FBI Hate Crimes Statistic report, hate crimes against racial and ethnic minorities drastically increased in 2016. 25% of incidents were motivated by anti-Muslim bias alongside 18% anti-queer and anti-trans bias incidents. This makes queer and trans Muslims of color disproportionately likely to be victims. [FBI report]

Through our organizing as queer and trans Muslims, we aim to change that.

For the last two years, on September 11th, we have been crafting actions across the U.S. The purpose of these actions has been to educate, empower, and hold our community who experience the nuances of being profiled as queer Muslims of color. Our actions, drawing inspiration from Black Lives Matter and the movement for Palestinian liberation, have ranged from mock “security” checkpoints to guerilla performance art.

We are questioned and detained not just because of the languages we speak, our ancestral homes, and places of worship and communal gathering, but also because of how we express our gender and sexual identity through our appearance and the political movements we align with. Through these actions we have focused on the ways that Islamophobia and transphobia reinforce each other, how Black Muslims are particularly impacted by queer and gendered islamophobia, and building solidarity internally within our LGBTQIA community.

On the 15th anniversary of September 11th, we spearheaded 20 local organizations to create “checkpoints” in high-traffic areas of Washington, D.C. The Washington Post showed how we aimed to replicate various “checkpoints” and experiences that Muslim Americans and those perceived to be Muslims have to go through every day, including being stopped by the Transportation Security Administration, being verbally and physically harassed in businesses, and routinely called terrorists.

In 2017, after a year of direct and blatant attacks on our communities by the Trump administration, we focused on creating spaces of not only resistance, but also of healing and safety. We named the Muslim Travel Ban and other forms of state violence as the root cause of queerphobic, transphobic, and Islamophobic hate crimes. We drew connections between queerphobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, anti-Blackness, xenophobia. We questioned how we show up for one another. And we committed and successfully created spaces for all of our communities to mourn both the lives and the safety that has been taken from us since the election.

Through this work we as queer and trans Muslims of color have recognized and grown our power in a country that seeks to alienate, imprison, and murder us within and outside its borders. And as we wait in anticipation for the the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Muslim Ban, we begin our plans for an annualized and formal nationwide series of actions on September 11th. We now look to September 11th and every day, not with fear, but with the resolve and strengthened ability to create a different world. And ask our accomplices to be ready to join us.

Almas Haider is the Racial Justice and Immigrants’ Rights Committee Chair of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance and Community Partnerships Manager at South Asian Americans Leading Together.

You can learn more about and get involved with the work of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance to combat Islamophobia, transphobia and queerphobia at www.nqapia.org.

FACT SHEET: LGBTQ Rights in South Korea

South Korea has the makings of a broad legal framework to protect LGBT people from discrimination and violence, but it lacks provisions for enforcement and remedy.

You can help by writing to the Korean president and urging the government to institute tangible mechanisms to hold perpetrators of anti-LGBT discrimination accountable. Only then can the LGBT community in South Korea receive the equal protection from the laws that they deserve.

In Korean society, same-sex relationships are not recognized or widely accepted.

  • According to a 2017 Gallup poll, 58% of Koreans opposed same-sex marriage, only 34% supported, and 8% were undecided.
  • The South Korean President Moon Jae-in expressed his opposition to legalizing same-sex marriage in a televised debate during his presidential campaign.

LGBTQ Rights

LGBTQ Legal Status

  • South Korea does not explicitly prohibit homosexual relations; however, there are few protections that guard against actual discrimination.
  • South Korea does not recognize same-sex marriage or legal unions.
  • Same-sex couples are denied rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples, such as medical self-determination, pensions, and inheritance.
  • Since same-sex couples are unable to marry, they are also unable to adopt children, since “single” parents are generally prohibited from doing so.
  • Korean courts can grant a legal change of gender, but only if the applicant complies with stringent requirements that deprive them of other civil liberties. People also cannot change their gender in the official family relations register if they are currently married or have a minor child.

Anti-Discrimination Protections

  • South Korea’s constitution prohibits discrimination based on sex, religion, or social status, which the Ministry of Justice has said applies to LGBT people. However, these “protections” act as rights without any enforcement power or remedy behind them:
    • South Korean laws neither specify punishment for people who discriminate against LGBT people nor provide remedies to victims of discrimination or violence.
    • The National Human Rights Commission of Korea is tasked with protecting LGBT rights, but it too lacks any enforcement power, and its recommendations are non-binding.
  • Over the past decade, pushback from Korea’s strong conservative and Christian lobby has repeatedly foiled attempts to pass an LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination law.

In the Military

  • Under military laws, same-sex relations are automatically deemed harassment (regardless of consent) and punishable by up to a year in prison and dishonorable discharge.
  • In April 2017, the South Korean military began identifying and punishing gay military servicemembers by confiscating cell phones of suspected gay soldiers and demanding that they identify others on their dating apps and contact list.
  • There have been repeated incidents of gay servicemen facing beatings and bullying inside army bases, shrouded from public sight.

Freedom of Expression

  • Samsung and Google banned popular gay social networking apps from their online stores. In 2013, Samsung rejected the gay app Hornet from its South Korean store, citing local values and laws that disallow LGBTQ content. The Google Play store has blocked Jack’d.
  • The government denied the charity status application of an LGBT organization for three years until 2017, where the Supreme Court ordered the government to reverse its discriminatory stance.

Signs of Progress

  • According to a 2017 Gallup Korea poll, 90% of Koreans surveyed said they supported equal employment opportunities for sexual minorities.
  • In 2015, a court overturned the Seoul Metropolitan Police’s decision to ban a gay pride parade, stating that “unless there is a clear risk of danger to the public, preventing the demonstration is not allowed and should be the absolute last resort.”
  • In 2014, South Korea voted in favor of a UN resolution aimed at overcoming discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • In 2003, the Youth Protection Committee stopped classifying homosexuality as “harmful and obscene.” Previously, the law had justified censorship of LGBTQ websites, with the “logic” of protecting youth from homosexual content.

Call to Action

Write the Korean president to support of LGBTQ rights.

Send a message to the Korean government in support of LGBTQ protections—encouraging policymakers to do right by the country’s constitution and establish tangible mechanisms for uplifting and enforcing LGBT equality.

President of South Korea Moon Jae-In
Address: 1 Cheongwadae-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03048, Republic of Korea
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/moonbyun1
Twitter: https://twitter.com/moonriver365
Website: https://english1.president.go.kr/util/contact_us.php

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance is a federation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (APIs) organizations. NQAPIA builds the capacity of local LGBT API groups, develops leadership, promotes visibility, educates the community, invigorates grassroots organizing, encourages collaborations, and challenges anti-LGBT bias and racism. NQAPIA acknowledges the pro bono assistance of Weil Gotshal & Manages LLP in researching country laws. Additional sources include Human Rights Watch and OutRight Action International.

$500 Matching Grants for the 2018 National Conference

$500 Matching Grant for Local Fundraising to Attend the National Conference

Request for Proposals (RFP)

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 (API) organizations. We seek to build the organizational capacity of local LGBT API groups, develop leadership, promote visibility, educate our community, enhance grassroots organizing, expand collaborations, and challenge anti-LGBTQ bias and racism.

Matching Grants

NQAPIA is offering thirty (30) $500 “challenge grants” to LGBTQ API groups who conduct fundraising events to support their members to attend the NQAPIA National Conference in San Francisco from July 26-29, 2018. Up to $15,000 will be awarded to local groups in total.

The fundraising events can be of any kind or variety. NQAPIA will match the first $500 raised. For example, donors who give $5 will have their donations doubled to $10. The matching grant may also go towards covering event costs (e.g., food, space rental, performer stipends) but payment will not be made until after the event. Events must occur between January and June 20, 2018.

Groups do not need to be incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, but they should have a bank account in the organization’s name. NQAPIA can provide additional support such as 501(c)3 fiscal sponsorship to allow for tax-deductible donations, fundraising training, or coaching. This effort is made possible with the generous support of the Wallace E. Coulter Foundation.

Conference Costs

Over 400 LGBTQ Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders are expected to attend NQAPIA’s triennial conference. Funds raised and matched must go towards costs associated with attending the National Conference. Below are the typical expected costs:

  • Housing: $169/night/room plus tax at Hilton San Francisco Financial District
  • Registration Fees: $300 Regular Rate/ $250 NQAPIA Member Group / $150 Limited income and Student Rate
  • Flights: $150 from the West Coast, $300 from Midwest, $600 from the East Coast/South
  • Ground Transportation: $30 via public transportation
  • Meals: $0 – meals are provided at the conference

Learn more about the National Conference at nqapia.org/2018-national-conference.


In order to apply, organizations must provide the following information at bit.ly/matchinggrants:

  1. Organization name and website
  2. Contact name, email, phone
  3. Proposed date and location of the event (can be approximate but must occur before June 20, 2018)
  4. Type of event (e.g., dance, brunch, dinner, party, auction)
  5. Estimated attendance projected
  6. Goal amount to be raised ($)
  7. Name and address for where to send the check (may be a fiscal sponsor)
  8. EIN or Federal Tax ID number (if organization has one but not required)

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

All NQAPIA member groups are encouraged to apply. Member groups are organizations that are missioned as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (API) organizations.

Preference will be given to smaller organizations, traditionally underrepresented or under resourced groups, and past partnership and work with NQAPIA.

Non-NQAPIA member groups (e.g., allies, student groups, groups predominantly LGBTQ API) may apply after the deadline of March 23, 2018 and will be awarded pending the availability of funds.

Grant Awards

A post event report is required including the same information in the application but with actual numbers (e.g., amount actually raised, number of actual attendees, final venue, actual date, specific type of event). From those who have an EIN or Federal Tax ID number, we also need a completed IRS W9 form. Other items requested but not required are:

  • Supporting materials (a picture, flyer, screenshot of Facebook event post)
  • Evaluation (a short one paragraph description of how the event went overall, what went well, what could be improved, and any lessons learned)
  • Financial report

Application and Deadlines

Applications due by March 23, 2018 at bit.ly/matchinggrants.

Additional applications will be accepted after the date on a rolling basis pending the availability of funds.

For more information, contact Tia Adams at tia@nqapia.org or 224-280-2236.


Family is Still Family: Public Service Announcements

Chinese PSAsIn the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community, young people often see coming out as an act of shaming and dishonoring their parents and their ancestors, but staying in the closet takes a greater toll, causing isolation, depression, and even suicide.

Our “Family Is Still Family” television PSA Campaign—the first-ever multi-lingual public service announcements created especially for API parents—offers a powerful message: offer your LGBTQ child a lifeline, support their coming out, and keep the family strong and unified.

These groundbreaking ads feature parents, some of whom are foreign-born immigrants with limited English proficiency, who declare acceptance and unconditional love for their LGBTQ children.

Last year, the “Family Is Still Family” PSAs, produced in association with the Asian Pride Project, aired on local Asian ethnic television stations during LGBTQ Pride Month in markets across the U.S., including Boston, Chicago, Hawaii, Los Angeles, and Sacramento.

South Asian PSAs

Multilingual Videos

NQAPIA worked with the Asian Pride Project to develop a series of short, multilingual videos of AAPI parents who love their LGBTQ children. You can find all of the videos on YouTube.com/nqapia.

Mandarin with English subtitles – Deanna Cheng, a Chinese mother of a gay son
Cantonese with English subtitles – Rosetta Lai, a Chinese mother of a lesbian daughter

South Asian
Hindi with English subtitles – Kamlesh and Harcharan Bagga, Indian parents of a gay son
English with Hindi subtitles – Vinay Chaudhry, an Indian father of a genderqueer child

Korean with English subtitles – Clara Yoon, a Korean mother of a transgender son

English with Japanese subtitles – Marsha and Tad Aizumi, Japanese parents of a transgender son

Southeast Asian
Vietnamese with English subtitles – Ha Nguyen, a Vietnamese mother of a gay son
English with Lao subtitles – Phanida Phivilay, a Lao mother of a lesbian daughter

English with Tagalog subtitles – Carol Mannion, a Filipina mother of a gay son

Family is Still Family - Filipino

None of the parents are actors. They are all everyday parents from different parts of the country.

Learn more about NQAPIA’s Family Acceptance Campaign

Download the leaflets

Attend the workshops

Farsi: خانواده هنوز هم همان خانواده است. . . . و محبت هم همان محبت. . . .

Farsi Leaflet: Family is Still Family

خانواده هنوز هم همان خانواده است. . . . و محبت هم همان محبت. . . .

بسیاری از والدین و خانواده‌ها عزیزی دارند که همجنس‌باز (زن یا مرد)، دوجنسه یا تراجنسیتی (LGBT) یافته است.وقتی این مسئله در رابطه با شخصی از نزدیکان برملا می‌شود، طبیعی است اعضای خانواده خود را با سوالات متعدد مواجه می‌بینند.به عنوان گام نخست در راستای پاسخ به سوالات شما، ابتدا چند نکته زیر را مدنظر قرار دهید:

  • افراد انتخاب نمی‌کنند چه کسی را و چگونه دوست داشته باشند.

اینکه شخصی به عنوان LGBT شناخته می‌شود، به هیچ وجه انتخاب وی یا در نتیجه یک حادثه نبوده است.این گرایش‌ها بواسطه مهاجرت به ایالات متحده، زندگی در شهرهای بزرگ یا داشتن دوستان LGBT شکل نمی‌گیرند. مطابق با گزارش موسسه Williams Institute در UCLA School of Law، در واقع 325,000 نفر یا %2.8 مهاجرین آسیایی/جنوب آسیا در ایالات متحده آمریکا LGBT هستند.هرچند اطلاعات دقیقی درباره شیوه شکل‌گیری گرایشات جنسی و هویت جنسی در دست نیست، با این حال، افراد LGBT از همان سال‌های اول زندگی به تفاوت‌هایخود پی می‌برند.

  • والدین و فرزند LGBT آنها هیچ کار اشتباهی انجام نداده اند

والدینی که فرزندان LGBT دارند، در ابتدای امر احساس گناه و شرمساری دارند، با این حال، آنها مسبب LGBT شدن فرزندان‌شان نیستند.تا به امروز، هیچ فاکتور محیطی که «مسبب» LGBT شدن شخص باشد، شناخته نشده است.گرایش LGBT در ذات هر کودک نهفته است.با این حال، تحقیقات نشان داده‌اند که پذیرش این واقعیت توسط خانواده، بهبود وضعیت سلامت و رفاه آنها را به همراه خواهد داشت.محبت خانواده و حمایت‌های آنها احتمال بروز رفتارهای مخاطره آمیز و خودآزاری مانند سوء مصرف مواد، اقداماتی که سلامتی را به مخاطره می‌اندازند و خودکشی را کاهش می‌دهد.

  • افراد LGBT زندگی شاد و موفقیت‌آمیز دارند

بسیاری از افراد LGBT می‌توانندزندگی‌های سالم و توام با خوشبختی داشته باشند. شرایط زندگی در ایالات متحده و سایر کشورهای جهان به سرعت در حال تغییر است.بسیاری از دولت‌ها و کشورها ازدواج همجنس‌بازان را به رسمیت می‌شناسند.مطابق با گزارشات موسسه Williams Institute، معادل %26 از 33,000 افراد  AAPI همجنس‌باز، از فرزندان خود نیز مراقبت می‌کنند.علاوه بر این، افراد LGBT می‌توانندزندگی‌های کار موفقیت‌آمیزی نیز داشته باشند.اغلب کسب‌وکارها، شرکت‌ها، سازمان‌ها و موسسات غیرانتفاعی با روی باز از کارکنان LGBT خود حمایت می‌کنند.

  • آیین‌ها و مذاهب بیشتری «تغییر رویه» می‌دهند و افراد LGBT را می‌پذیرند

تعداد آیین‌ها و مذاهبی که افراد LGBT را باور داشته و می‌پذیرند روز به روز افزایش می‌یابد.مفاهیم و مضامین کتب مقدس به منظور ترویج یک عقیده و فرهنگ در دوره زمانی خاص نوشته شده‌اند.امروزه بسیاری از مذاهب به این نتیجه رسیده‌اند که پذیرفتن افراد LGBT بمنزله مهر تاییدی بر ارزش‌های مذهبی و الهی آنها مانند علاقه به همنوع، عشق، ایمان به خداوند بخشنده و این باور است که با دیگران باید همانطور رفتار کرد که مایلید دیگران با شما رفتار کنند.برخی آیین‌ها پیشینه بلندبالایی از پذیرش هویت‌هایLGBT و تجسم‌های متعدد از خدا(خدایان)، الهه (الهه‌ها) و ارواح شیطانی دارند.

  • دنیا را به جایی بهتر برای زندگی همگان تبدیل کنیم

بسیاری از دولت‌ها و قوانین حقوق شهروندی از افراد LGBT حمایت می‌کنند.با این حال، احتمال بروز تبعیض در رابطه با افراد دارای نگرش‌های متفاوت همواره وجود دارد. مسئولیت ما این است که نهایت تلاش خود را در راستای تحقق جهانی آکنده از عدالت، امنیت و احترام برای همگان بدون توجه به نژاد، قومیت، مذهب، زادگاه، وضعیت مهاجرت، تمایلات جنسی یا هویت جنسیتی به کار گیریم.

  • بیاموزید و به دیگران آموزش دهید.

خدمات و منابع پشتیبانی به راحتی در دسترس می‌باشند. گروه‌هایی مانند PFLAG (برای والدین، خانواده‌ها و دوستانی که از عزیزان LGBT خود حمایت می‌کنند)، National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) و Asian Pride Project در زمره منابع مفید برای شما و خانواده به شمار می‌روند.از طریق وب‌سایت‌های www.pflag.org، www.nqapia.org و www.asianprideproject.org با آنها تماس بگیرید.

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Chamorro: Familia Parehu yan Familia…. Guinaiya Parehu yan Guinaiya….

Chamorro Leaflet: Family is Still Family

Familia Parehu yan Familia…. Guinaiya Parehu yan Guinaiya….

Meggai na mañaina yan familia gumai påtgon na mamflorita (LGBT).  Yanggen humuyong pat “comes out,” naturåt na meggai na kuestiona na para u faisen ginen i familian-ñiha.  Gi i tinituhon na para ta oppe’ i kuestiona siha, este na påtte siha na gof empottånte:


LGBT ti umayek pat ti aksidente.  Ti ginen i Estådos Unidos, ti ginen mañåsaga gi i dangkulo’ na lugåt siha, pat ti ginen i mangga’chong LGBT siha.  Lao, 325,000 pat 2.8% na taotao ginen Åsia pat i taotao Pasifiku gi iya Estådos Unidos uma’aidentifika na LGBT, ginen I Williams Institute gi i UCLA School of Law.  Meggai ti ma tungo’ håfa taimanu i sexual orientation pat gender identity na detetmina, lao mås di bula na taotao LGBT esta ma tungo’ na difiresiao ki i pumalu na taotao siha gi i tinituhon i idåt-ñiha.


I isao yan i na’mamåhlao, i mås regulåt na siñiente ginen i mañainan i LGBT na taotao siha, lao i mañaina ti ma chochonnek i patgon-ñiha para u LGBT.  Tåya’ na chetnot ginen i tano’ na ma na’siña i taotao na para u LGBT.  Yanggen LGBT, mås simplisiu yanggen håyi i patgon.  Annai ma estudiåyi LGBT, a’annok na i akseptasion ginen i familia, mås muna’ atbånsa mo’na i minaolek na lina’la’.  Guinaiya yan i sinoppotte ginen i familia mås rumibåha i båba na kontukta, put i hemplo’, båba na åmot, chetnot tataotao yan ma puno’ maisa gui’.


Siña i taotao LGBT mås maolek yan magof na lina’la’-ñiha.  I Estådos Unidos yan i enterementen etmundo tumulalaika chaddek.  I lugåt siha gi iya Estådos Unidos yan i otro na tåno’ siha ma rekoknosi i umakammo’ i dos låhi pat i dos palao’an.  I Williams Institute ma sodda’ na 26% entre i 33,000 AAPIs gi i dos låhi pat dos palao’an na lina’la’ pumupulan i famagu’on siha.  Otro, I taotao LGBT man gai maolek na cho’cho’ siha.  Meggai na kometsio, kompaniha, ahensia yan otganisasion siha sumoppotte i LGBT na taotao-ñiha.


Meggai na hinengge yan relihion kumalålamten mo’na para i akseptasion i taotao LGBT.  Guaha na sinangan ginen i lepblo siha man ma tuge’ para u ma deskribi i tiningo’ yan i kottura para ayo na tiempon åntes.  Lao, meggai na hinengge ma rekoknosi på’go na para ta akudi yan aksepta i taotao LGBT, ya para ta emfesisa i mås metgot na relihion yan espiritu na presiu siha, put i hemplo’, indothensia, guinaiya, ma’åse’ na Yu’os yan i hinengge na mamparehu hit na taotao.


Meggai n alai ginen i lugåt siha prumutehi i taotao LGBT.  Lao, guaha bula na chatli’e’ para i taotao LGBT på’go lokkue’.  I responsapblidåt-ta na para ta fotma pat kurihi i tano’ para i minaolek mo’na, para respetu yan para ta na’såfu i lina’lå’-ta para todu hit maseha håfa na råsa, taotao, relihion, lugåt na eståba hao, i patte, sexual orientation pat gender identity.


Guaha bula na sinoppotte yan guinaha siha.  Guaha gurupu siha, put i hemplo’, PFLAG (for parents, families and friends who support their LGBT loved ones), National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Allaiance (NQAPIA) yan i Asian Pride Project i guinaha para hågu yan i familiå-mu.  Siña un ågang siha gi www.pflag.org, www.nqapia.org, www.asianprideproject.org


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Malay: Keluarga tetap Keluarga, Cinta tetap Cinta.

Malay Leaflet: Family is Still Family

Keluarga tetap Keluarga, Cinta tetap Cinta.

Ramai daripada golongan ibubapa dan keluarga yang mempunyai anak atau anggota keluarga yang dikenal pasti sebagai lesbian, gay, biseksual atau transgender. Apabila seseorang yang disayangi membuat pengakuan tentang kecenderungan jantina dan seksualiti mereka, sudah tentu ramai anggota keluarga  mempunyai persoalan yang bermain di fikiran.

Sebagai satu titik permulaan untuk menjawab persoalan ini, berikut adalah beberapa fakta penting yang perlu diketahui:

 > Manusia tidak boleh memilih siapa atau bagaimana mereka menyayangi seseorang.

Dikenalpasti sebagai seorang LGBT bukanlah satu pilihan atau kebetulan Tidak juga berpunca daripada lawatan ke Amerika, tinggal di kawasan bandar atau mempunyai rakan-rakan LGBT. Fakta menunjukkan  bahawa seramai 325,000 individu atau 2.8 % daripada populasi Asia Pasifik di Amerika Syarikat dikenalpasti sebagai individu LGBT,  ini dibuktikan oleh satu kajian yang dijalankan di Fakulti Undang-undang UCLA, Williams Institute. Walaupun tiada individu yang mengetahui bagaimana orientasi seksual dan identiti jantina seseorang itu ditentukan, kebanyakan individu LGBT menyedari akan kelainan  seksualiti mereka pada usia muda.

> Ibubapa dan anak LBGT mereka tidak bersalah.

Rasa bersalah dan malu adalah dua perasaan yang biasa dialami oleh ibubapa yang mempunyai anak LGBT di peringkat awal  apabila mereka mengetahui seksualiti sebenar anak-anak .  Namun perlu diketahui, ibubapa bukanlah penyebab seseorang itu menjadi LGBT.  . Faktor persekitaran juga tidak wujud apabila dikaitkan dengan LGBT. Bahkan, menjadi seseorang individu yang dikenalpasti sebagai LGBT adalah semata-mata menjadi diri mereka sendiri. Kajian menunjukkan bahawa penerimaan keluarga adalah penting dalam menggalakkan kesihatan yang baik dan kesejahteraan individu LGBT.  Kasih sayang dan sokongan keluarga juga dapat mengurangkan risiko dan tingkah laku yang membahayakan diri sendiri seperti gangguan kesihatan, penyalahgunaan dadah dan bunuh diri.

> Kebahagiaan dan kejayaan hidup individu LGBT .

Ramai individu LGBT yang mampu menjalani kehidupan yang sejahtera dan mempunyai kesihatan yang terjamin. Jika dilihat,  Amerika Syarikat dan negara-negara lain sudahpun menuju ke arah kemajuan yang pesat. Justeru, banyak negara yang sudah pun mengiktiraf perkahwinan sesama jantina. Williams Institute, melalui satu kajian, telah menemui bahawa seramai 26% daripada 33,000  populasi Asia Pasifik di Amerika Syarikat  dalam perkahwinan sejenis yang sedang menjagadan menyara anak-anak mereka sendiri. Tambahan pula, individu LGBT ialah individu yang menikmati kejayaan dalam kerjaya mereka. Banyak perniagaan, syarikat, agensi dan organisasiyang tidak berasaskan keuntungan menyokong pekerja-pekerja LGBT mereka.

> Lebih banyak tradisi kepercayaan yang semakin progresif dan terbuka dalam menerima golongan LGBT.

Semakin banyak agama dan kepercayaan yang menerima golongan LGBT. Petikan-petikan daripada  beberapa kitab suci ditulis untuk menerangkan tentang pemikiran dan budaya yang memfokuskan pada sesuatu keadaan dan masa. Jika dilihat pada hari ini, semakin banyak agama yang mengiktiraf bahawa untuk menerima golongan LGBT ialah untuk menekankan nilai-nilai keagamaan dan moral yang tinggi seperti belas kasihan, kasih sayang, Tuhan yang Maha Pengasih dan kepercayaan bahawa ‘buat baik dibalas baik, buat jahat dibalas jahat’.

> Menjadikan dunia tempat yang lebih baik untuk setiap insan.

Banyak negara dan undang-undang yang digubal meliputi hak-hak dan perlindungan golongan LGBT. Akan tetapi, kadar kemungkinan untuk berlakunya diskriminasi masih wujud ke atas golongan ini. Justeru, adalah menjadi tanggungjawab kita semua untuk membentuk dunia penuh keadilan, keselamatan yang terjamin dan sifat hormat-menghormati di antara satu sama lain tanpa mengira kelainan bangsa, etnik, agama, asal-usul, status imigresen, orientasi seksual dan identiti jantina.

> Didik diri anda dan orang-orang di sekeliling anda.

Sokongan dan sumber berkaitan boleh didapati di mana sahaja. Organisasi seperti PFLAG  (untuk ibubapa, keluarga dan rakan-rakan yang menyokong kenalan LGBT mereka yang disayangi), National Queer Asian Pasific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) and the Asian Pride Project adalah sumber-sumber untuk anda dan keluarga. Hubungi mereka di www.pflag.org, www.nqapia.org, www.asianprideproject.org.

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Translated by Muslims for Progressive Values (www.mpvusa.org)

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