Catch us at Creating Change

NQAPIA at the Creating Change Conference


Every three years, we come together to network, organize, agitate, educate, and build at the nation’s largest gathering of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (API) communities. This summer, we’re excited to be in San Francisco from July 26-29, 2018.

LGBTQ API Schedule

Thursday, 1/25

9:00A-6:00P Queer & Trans API Institute:  Building a Queer Asian American & Pacific Islander Movement

Friday, 1/26

10:45A-12:15P Sex Work & Safe Syringes: HIV Criminalization Advocacy – Beyond Non-Disclosure
3:00P-4:30P Building Queer Asian/South Asian Community & Movement
3:00P-6:15P Radicalizing our Streets: Direct Action Training for People of Color
6:30P-7:30P QPOC Caucus: Community, Leadership, Activism
6:30P-7:30P South Asian LGBTQ+ Caucus

Saturday, 1/27

10:45A-12:15P Faith & Family Acceptance in the API Community
3:00P-4:30P Not Your Model Minority: AAPIs & the Reproductive Justice Movement
3:00P-4:30P A Queer & Intersectional Approach Towards Ending Reliance on the Criminal Legal System
6:30P-7:30P Organizing for a National Conference of LGBT Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians & Pacific Islanders

Read more details about all the workshops in the Creating Change Program Book.

Meet Us and Tweet Us

If you have any questions throughout the conference, look for an NQAPIA staff member or look for the bright green N-cape-IA!


Sponsorship Benefits

Sponsor Benefits

NQAPIA will work closely with you to develop a comprehensive benefits package tailored to meet your company’s investment objectives. Packages can entail programming, marketing, talent development, volunteerism, and corporate social responsibility philanthropy.

Local, National, and International Visibility

Corporate Partners gain marketing exposure to a local, national, and international community through recognition listings and donor spotlights in program books, printed materials, social media, and the NQAPIA website.

The NQAPIA conference offers a unique opportunity for visibility among the leading LGBTQ and API community leaders and professionals, as well as national figures, elected officials, policy makers and advocates.

Companies can present their programs through an open call for workshops or participation in other panels.

Corporate Diversity Support

NQAPIA works directly with Diversity & Inclusion staff and Employee Resource Groups and Business Resource Groups (ERGs/BRGs) to design particular corporate partnership for the conference.

ERG/BRG attendees can learn about innovative intra-company cross ERG collaborations that promote greater LGBTQ allyship among co-workers and more cultural receptivity among LGBT ERG groups. NQAPIA can assist Human Resources departments in career advancement, talent pool development, and diverse recruiting initiatives.

Employee Perks

Employees of Corporate Sponsors receive complementary conference registration.  NQAPIA Corporate Partnerships also demonstrate a company’s commitment to diversity, which promotes morale among company employees who are not only LGBTQ or API, but for the entire workforce.

Community Benefits

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 all sponsorships and contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

EIN Number 27-2114866

Return on Investment: The Power of Buying

An unparalleled brand loyalty is a compelling reason for any company to partner with an LGBTQ organization.

Gay men and lesbians report that a brand’s sponsorship of LGBT events favorably influences their buying decisions1
$835 billion
Buying power of LGBTQ consumers2
$775.1 billion
Buying power of Asian Americans in 20153
Increase in buying power of Asian Americans from 2010 to 2015. Highest of all race/ethnic groups4

1 Community Marketing, Inc., 2007.

2 The Gay and Lesbian Market in the US by Witeck-Combs Communications Inc., in Packaged Facts 2007.

3 The Multicultural Economy 2010 by the Selig Center for Economic Growth in Packaged Facts.

4 InterTrend Communication’s Knowledge Center 2007, TVB Media Marketing.

Marketing Potential

APIs are the fastest growing minority group in the nation and are an emerging sector of the LGBT community. Partnering with NQAPIA’s conference provides visibility in this expanding segment and reinforces your company’s commitment to both diversity and inclusion.

Partnerships demonstrate your care for your local communities, can achieve segment marketing goals, increase your talent pool, and promote career and personal development.

Estimated conference attendance

33% from San Francisco Bay Area

20% from West Coast

25% from East Coast



Past conference attendance

· 347 in Chicago IL in 2015         · 302 in Washington, DC in 2012

· 264 in Seattle, WA in 2009        · 388 in New York, NY in 2004

18 Million
Asian American population in the US
Asian American population growth
Local LGBTQ API groups in the NQAPIA Federation
States and Territories
NQAPIA’s Direct Reach to LGBTQ APIs and Allies
Reach of all NQAPIA’s LGBTQ API Groups via Email
Reach of all NQAPIA’s LGBTQ API Groups via Facebook

Sponsorships, Exhibiting, and Ads

To learn the details of our sponsorships, exhibiting, and ads, visit our Levels page.

To become a sponsor, exhibitor, or advertiser, complete this NQAPIA Conference Sponsor Prospectus Form.

Workshops & Tracks

Find a list of all the 2018 conference workshops here: NQAPIA Sessions – Workshops

Find a list of all the 2018 conference caucuses here: NQAPIA Sessions – Caucuses

As always, registration for the conference is at

Conference Workshop Tracks or Programming Clusters

100 workshops on the following areas, among others:

  • Leadership development
  • Advocacy and organizing skills
  • Organizational capacity building
  • Social justice issues – race, gender, immigrants rights, etc.
  • Philanthropy – fundraising and resourcing
  • Sex and sexuality
  • Faith
  • Gender justice
  • Racial justice
  • Youth
  • International
  • Professional Development / Corporate Advancement
  • Health and Wellness
  • Arts & Culture

Special Pre-Conference Convenings and Workshop Tracks

  • Leaders of LGBT API organizations (NQAPIA Member Groups)
  • Philanthropy – LGBT API Donors and Funders
  • Religious Leaders – Ministers, Pastors, and Clergy
  • Youth
  • International – from Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam Sri Lanka, India
  • LGBT API Professionals and Corporate Leaders
  • South Asian planning for DesiQ

Plenary Topics

Friday Lunch Plenary – Intersectionality: Being All of Who We Are

  • Safety and Security
  • Family Acceptance
  • Affirming Faith
  • Career Advancement
  • Safe Space and Community (organizations)
  • Trans Inclusion

Saturday Breakfast Plenary – Asserting Our Agenda: Advocacy and Organizing

  • Racial Justice
  • Immigrants’ Rights
  • Trans and Gender Justice
  • Heath
  • International

Sunday Brunch Plenary – Where Do We Go From Here

  • Future Program Planning
  • Establish Working Groups and Follow Up Plans
  • Taking the Conference Home

Submit a Workshop

Workshop submissions for NQAPIA’s National Conference are now closed, but if you have been invited to submit a  proposal, please follow

  • Title
  • Session Description (for publication)
  • Session Type
  • Track Classification
  • Abstract (to evaluate your proposal)
  • Session Outline (describes the flow of your session)
  • Materials Needed
  • Contact Information

About the Conference

Every three (3) years, NQAPIA coordinates a National Conference to bring together LGBTQ APIs from across the nation where they can be all of who they are to be affirmed, learn, and grow. We seek to build a world where every LGBTQ API person can live their lives authentically in their homes, families, places of workshop, jobs, professions, schools and communities.

Pro-Dream Act Protesters

Conference Objectives

The conference goals are to network, organize, train, educate, and build capacity of the nation’s LGBTQ API community.

Networking: The conference will bring together several constituencies of the LGBTQ API community—local community leaders, grassroots activists, youth, professionals, parents, health advocates, organizational heads, international activists, funders, and donors—to exchange ideas and strategies. Networking inspires new solutions and rejuvenates existing ones. We hope to solidify current relationships and make new connections at local, regional, national, and transnational levels.

Education: The conference seeks to increase awareness on current issues confronting LGBTQ APIs. Mainstream API civil rights and immigrants’ rights issues require a queer analysis. At the same time, LGBTQ rights require an approach that considers race, ethnicity, and immigration. We will review a range of topics including immigration reform, family acceptance, racial justice, trans justice, and international solidarity.

Organizing: Conference organizers hope the conference will help identify and build a political agenda for LGBTQ APIs, brainstorm ideas for political action, and map out existing resources in the community. This must be founded upon intersections of different forms of oppressions and multi-issue organizing. This includes workshops on Trans Justice, Challenging Anti-Blackness, Solidarity Organizing, and Direct Action skills building.

Building Capacity: We hope to give leaders and members of LGBTQ API organizations tools to better achieve their goals and overcome challenges. This includes workshops on leadership, building a team, board development, communications and media, grant writing, engaging volunteers/members, and grassroots fundraising.

Inclusion: Conference planners are taking affirmative steps to meaningfully involve those who have been traditionally underrepresented—including women, people of transgender experience, young people, Pacific Islanders, and activists outside of the Coasts—to ensure that the conference is pan-Asian. Organizers will target outreach, and we hope to provide travel scholarships to ensure inclusion.

Overall, we hope to build community and advance an agenda that will bring all LGBTQ racial and ethnic minority groups into the full fold of society, the LGBTQ movement, and the API community.

Decision Making and Planning

We hope to be transparent and inclusive in planning the national conference. The majority of the work and decision-making will be centered in our Conference Planning Committee made up of both local and national representatives. Anyone can join either of the committees. The Local Planning Committee will coordinate logistics, off-site venues, community housing, local recruitment, performances, social activities, accessibility, and local fundraising. The National Planning Committee will coordinate programming—including workshops, speakers, national fundraising, and national recruitment. Each Committee will inform the other and will be supported by NQAPIA staff.

Location & Accommodations

Hilton San Francisco Financial District“UPDATE. Conference overflow hotels have been set up.  Contact Vinnu Khudva, Conference Manager, at, to make a reservation.  Provide name of guest, single or double, dates or arrival/departure.”

All conference workshops will be held at the Hilton San Francisco Financial District, and a block of rooms have been reserved at the conference hotel.

Hilton San Francisco Financial District
750 Kearny St
San Francisco, CA 94108

A special, discounted conference rate of  $169 per night per room plus tax is available. You must book your discounted hotel room by July 1, 2018 with the reservation code “NQAPIA” and hotel code “SFOFD.”

Book your discounted hotel room today!


2018 National Conference

Growing Home NQAPIA Conference 2018

The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)—a federation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander (API) organizations—is planning a 400-person LGBTQ API National Conference from July 26-29, 2018 in San Francisco, CA.  NQAPIA develops LGBTQ API leadership, builds the capacity of local organizations, invigorates grassroots organizing and advocacy, and challenges anti-LGBTQ prejudice, racism, and anti-immigrant bias. This conference is locally hosted by NQAPIA’s federation members and dedicated individuals.


Thursday, July 26 to Sunday, July 29, 2018

Location and Accommodations

Hilton San Francisco Financial District
750 Kearny St
San Francisco, CA 94108


Expected 350-400 attendees


Tracy Nguyen, Conference Coordinator
coordinator (at) nqapia (dot) org

More Conference Details

About the Conference
Sponsorships, Exhibiting, and Ads
Location & Accommodations
Workshops & Tracks

Support the Conference

Contact Conference Coordinator Tracy Nguyen at coordinator (at) nqapia (dot) org to join the Conference Committee

Make a contribution to the conference by making a donation

Sponsorships, Exhibiting, and Ads

Will you help us build a world where every lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (API) is fully accepted and celebrated in their families, jobs, professions, places of worship, and communities?

Read through this page to see sponsorship, exhibiting, and ad levels. When you’re ready to become a sponsor, exhibitor, or advertiser, complete the NQAPIA Conference Sponsor Prospectus Form.

Still curious to learn more? Check out our Sponsorship Benefits page.

NQAPIA Conference Prime Sponsorship Levels

Amount $25,000 $15,000 $10,000 $5,000 $2,500 $1,000
Acknow-ledgment Top Billing Top Billing Top Billing Top Billing Listing Listing
Exhibit Table 6’ Prime placement Prime placement Prime placement Prime placement Placement
Bag Insert Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Book Ad

Full Page, Full Color, Premium placement Full Page, Full Color, Premium placement Full Page, Full Color, Premium placement Full Page, B/W Full Page, B/W Half Page, B/W
Promotional Materials Top Billing Top Billing Top Billing Top Billing Listing Listing
Conference Registrations & Banquet Dinner (Sat) 20 free registrations & dinner tickets 12 free registrations & dinner tickets 8 free registrations & dinner tickets 4 free registrations & dinner tickets 2 free registrations & dinner tickets 1 free registration & dinner ticket

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 LGBTQ and Asian American communities, and within one’s own company/organization.

Acknowledgment includes name/logo on conference signage, looped slideshow and program book.  All at and during conference.

Promotional Materials includes name/logo on NQAPIA website, Emails, and post conference newsletter.  All before and after conference.

Additional Sponsorship Opportunities

Potential sponsors may take advantage of the following opportunities to gain additional visibility by underwriting the costs of the following conference events. Event sponsors are recognized in printed materials, on event signage and, where appropriate, have the opportunity to greet attendees.

Sponsor Reception, Luncheon, Or Workshop

  • Plenary Breakfast/Lunch (Friday/Saturday) $3,000
  • Banquet Dinner on Saturday $3,000
  • Plenary Brunch on Sunday $3,000
  • Opening Reception on Thursday evening $1,500
  • Community and Cultural Performance on Friday evening $1,500
  • Special Group Luncheons on Saturday for Corporate, Youth, International, Funders (each at) $1,000
  • Workshop sponsorship (each at) $250

 Lanyard, Conference Bag, Bag Insert

  • Display company/organization logo prominently on nametag lanyard worn by every registrant $2,000
  • Display company/organization logo prominently on conference materials bag distributed to all attendees ($2,500) SOLD!
  • Insert promotional materials into Conference attendees’ welcome packets (single or double sided, 8” X 11” or smaller) $250


Exhibiting at the NQAPIA conference builds awareness, showcases services, and establishes and strengthens relationships. Become an exhibitor by filling out this NQAPIA Conference Sponsor Prospectus Form.

Corporate/Government                                      $600

  • 6’ table
  • One complimentary conference registration

Nonprofits/Small Businesses                            $300

  • 6’ table
  • One complimentary conference registration

Small Nonprofits/Community Organizations     $150

  • 6’ table

Program Book Advertisements

A limited number of ads will be included in the final conference program. All ads will be printed in black and white. Rates for conference program advertisement are as follows:

Size                  Dimensions (width x height)      Price

Cover                           7.5” x 10”                    Reserved for sponsors

Full Page                      7.5” x 10”                    $400

Half Page                     7.5” x 5”                      $200

Quarter Page                 3.75” x 5”                    $100

Name listing only         line                              $50

Advertisement Specifications

Images must be gray-scale, 300 dpi minimum. Use any of the following file formats: JPEG, TIFF, Illustrator, Acrobat PDF.

Become an advertiser by filling out this NQAPIA Conference Sponsor Prospectus Form. Please send artwork for the Conference Program Book to and write “Conference Artwork” in subject.

All Diamond, Gold, Pearl, Jade, Lotus, and Jasmine Sponsors receive a complementary full-page advertisement.

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