September 2012 E-Newsletter


This month, NQAPIA is profiling the political and civic engagement work we and our local member groups are doing. Take a look at our web site for resources to get you started. There, you’ll find a list of partnerships that NQAPIA is working with to help get our communities OUT and involved!

This e-mail includes the latest information about the following:

* NQAPIA Announcements and Activities: NQAPIA Action in Washington, DC; Political and Civic Engagement Partnerships
* Around the Horn: Health survey on LGBT and people of color; Shades of Yellow; Q-ASPIRE in New York
* News and Notes: NCAPA Platform; Uniting American Families Act

As always, for more information, contact NQAPIA directly at, and check out our web site.

NQAPIA Announcements and Activities

NQAPIA Action in Washington, DC: It’s a busy week in the nation’s capital! NQAPIA has taken part in a number of events focusing on AAPI and LGBT communities and the issues we face, including:

“Closets are for Clothes: Being LGBT and POC [People of Color] in America National Briefing”- Congressional Briefing cosponsored with the National Black Justice Coalition, the LGBT Congressional Staff Association, Unid@s, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (September 18)

“Senate Hearing on Hate Crimes and Domestic Extremism”- NQAPIA submitted testimony for the hearing of the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights.

NQAPIA also was proud to welcome a number of AAPI LGBT emerging leaders who were invited to the White House for a daylong series of events, capped off with an evening reception at the Vice President’s residence.

Around the Horn: Actions and Activities in the AAPI LGBT Community

New York, NY- GAPIMNY, QWAVE, and SALGA held a retreat, Q-ASPIRE and committed to strengthen their communities through working together in full support in solidarity. Check out their three part General Meeting “Vote ASAP! Building the power of Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander (ASAP) Communities Through the Electoral Process” to lead up to the November elections.

St. Paul, MN- Shades of Yellow (SOY) has been working on visibility of Hmong LGBTQ people in the Twin Cities. Kham Moua, SOY Board Chair, was featured on a Minnesota Public Radio segment on this issue in the run-up to Minnesota’s ballot initiative on marriage equality.


Stanford, CA- Researchers at Stanford University are conducting a study on patients’ trust in their primary care doctors. By partaking in this study, respondents have the opportunity to add to the knowledge about doctor-patient relationships. To participate in the study, fill out the online survey. [Please note: NQAPIA has no further information about this study. Contact Lea Gee-Tong at with questions.]


News and Notes: National Legislative and Policy Updates

NCAPA Platform: NQAPIA is a member of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), which just released its 2012 Policy Platform- “Framing Issues and Recommendations to Improve the Lives of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Communities”. For more information on the Platform, including downloading copies and endorsements from community-based organizations, go to the NCAPA web site.

LGBT Immigration: Senator Susan Collins’ endorsement of the Uniting American Families Act to allow binational couples access to family petitions this week makes her the first Republican to do so in the Senate.


Let us know what you’re doing to get involved in your community!


In partnership,

Ben de Guzman

NQAPIA Co-Director for Programs