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A Regional Summit of LGBT AAPIs in the South April 4th to 6th, 2014 - Atlanta, GA

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Youth Department

Elevator EXIT

First Floor

Housing Department

Karaoke Room (30 People)

Ladies’ Restroom

Board Room (30 People)

Mirror Room (20 people)

Library (10 People)

Men’s Restroom

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Ladies’ Restroom

Lunch Room (35 People)

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Board Room

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Second Floor

Floor Plan of Spaces Available for Southern Regional Summit

Computer Room (10 People)

Activities Spaces (30 People)

Activities Spaces (75 People)


Second Floor First Floor

Men’s Restroom

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Thank You! Summit Sponsors and Supporters Arcus Foundation David Bohnett Foundation Human Rights Campaign NAAAP Atlanta - Chopstix for Charity Southern Poverty Law Center Weston Milliken

Planning Committee Members Stan Fong, Asha Leong, Surinder Bal, Florence Tang, Alnory Regondola, Eddie Vo, Aparna Bhattacharyya, Sumon Ray, Lalita Balakrishnan, Jayden Thai, Glenn D. Magpantay


Elvis Chu Thanh Le Santosh Sapkota The Sisters of Delta Phi Lambda, Gamma Chapter

NQAPIA Supporters Arcus Foundation Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Queer Justice Fund David Bohnett Foundation Ford Foundation Four Freedoms Fund/ Public Interest Projects Walter and Evelyn Haas, Jr. Fund

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Dear Attendees: Welcome to the first Southern gathering of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders (API) in Georgia! You are participating in a historical event that will bring change to a community we all deeply care about. On behalf of the entire organizing committee we would like to deeply thank you for your support and presence here this weekend. Without your support, we have no team to carry forth our mission. Planning this conference has brought to light the issues that are specific to the Pacific Asian diaspora. On a daily basis, we experience situations and challenges that attack the core of our cultural beginnings. We are forced to overcome hurdles with family, religion, culture, and heritage. We are the torch bearers of the Asian/Pacific Islander LGBT population. Today you take on the struggle of equality and justice. This weekend will be full of knowledge and fun! We have scheduled an amazing set of sessions tailored to the API community in respect to LGBT issues. Don’t be afraid or shy to ask questions and learn more; our distinguished panelists are here to help you and answer your questions. Most of all, we must have fun! A weekend of fighting for justice is exciting an groundbreaking. So we encourage you to give people a smile in passing and make some new friends. You are in the presence of an amazing network of individuals ready to work together to make positive change! Sincerely, The Planning Committee Stan Fong, Asha Leong, Surinder Bal, Florence Tang, Alnory Regondola, Eddie Vo, Aparna Bhattacharyya, Sumon Ray, Lalita Balakrishnan, Jayden Thai, Glenn D. Magpantay

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LGBT Immigrants’ Rights

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 (AAPI) organizations. We seek to build the organizational capacity of local LGBT AAPI groups, develop leadership, promote visibility, educate our community, enhance grassroots organizing, expand collaborations, and challenge homophobia and racism. NQAPIA is a project of the Tides Center in San Francisco, CA.

NQAPIA Current Programs Annual Training and Issue Briefing for Leaders of LGBT AAPI organizations This weekend long Summit focuses on networking, learning about current issues, sharing strategies, building local organizational infrastructure, and building national collaborative programs. In 2014, we are doing a series of Regional Summits.

National Conference

This conference brings together grassroots LGBT AAPI activists from across the nation. Prior national conferences were in Washington, DC in 2012 (350 attendees) and Seattle in 2009 (250 attendees). New York’s 2004 conference (400 attendees) helped lay the groundwork for NQAPIA’s initial convening. The next national conference will be in Chicago 2015.

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We are spearheading an educational and advocacy campaign on immigrants’ rights that includes local community forums and press conferences featuring AAPI immigrants and a national postcard campaign.

Multilingual Visibility Campaign

NQAPIA aims to improve the visibility of LGBTs in the mainstream AAPI community and of AAPIs in the broader LGBT community. This multilingual education campaign includes outreach to the Asian ethnic media and educational pieces translated into several Asian languages.

Capacity Building Resources, Workshops, and Trainings

This includes a descriptive directory of all of the nation’s LGBT AAPI groups, sharing best practices and model documents, fiscal sponsorship, and special trainings/workshops.

Participation in Current Issues

NQAPIA raises the LGBT AAPI voice in current issues and we promote LGBT AAPI engagement. NQAPIA is a member of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, the coalition of national AAPI advocacy organizations and brings a racial justice lens to the LGBT policy agenda.

Fighting Hate 路 Teaching Tolerance 路 Seeking Justice

400 Washington Avenue Montgomery, AL 36104

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Friday, April 4, 2014 8:00 - 10:00 pm

Welcoming Reception Marlowe’s Tavern At the DoubleTree in Northlake 4156 LaVista Road, Tucker, Georgia, 30084

Saturday, April 5, 2014 All Day

Exhibit Hall Main Hallway Southern Poverty Law Center US Census Bureau National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) CPACS Human Rights Camp[aign

8:30 - 9:00am

Breakfast Lunch Room

9:00 - 9:30am

Welcome and Introductions Lunch Room Florence Tang, Planning Committee Co-Chair Sumon Ray, Planning Committee Member Stan Fong, Planning Committee Co-Chair and NQAPIA Board Member Hy Alvaran, Human Rights Campaign Victoria Hyun, Center for Pan Asian Community Services

9:00 - 9:30am

Workshop Session 1

For Such A Time As This: Empowering Our Stories as API LGBT Christians Activities Space (First Floor) This interactive workshop has three objectives: 1) to create a safe/scared space where we share, affirm and empower our experiences and realities as API LGBT Christians and allies, 2) to network and build a coalition among API LGBT Christians and those interested in LGBT advocacy in API churches and faithbased organizations, with a focus on Christian/Catholic traditions, and 3) to share

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A Regional Summit of LGBT AAPIs in the South resources for API LGBT advocacy in faith-based organizations, churches, and families, featuring exciting resources produced and in the works for API LGBT faith contexts. Change-making frameworks such as transformative storytelling and graceful engagement will be introduced. Presenters: Oneida Chi, Network on Religion and Justice for API-LGBTQ People (NRJ) Jess Delegencia, Asian Pacific Islander Roundtable, Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies in Religion and Ministry

A Part, Yet Apart: LGBT South Asians Karaoke Room South Asians are the second largest Asian American group in most parts of the country. They are a part of, yet still apart from the larger LGBT and AAPI communities. Desis live at the intersection of nationalities and ethnicities (Indians, Bangladeshis, Pakistanis, Sri Lankans, Indo-Caribbeans, etc.), immigration and USborn citizens, religion (Christian, Hindu, Muslim), and income. Though the events after 9/11 created a broad sense of political awareness, for most South Asian progressive organizing reached much further back than then. In this workshop, representatives from South Asian queer organizations and allies will talk about past and on-going organizing campaigns, share challenges, and reflect on the most pressing issues facing queer South Asians today. Presenters: Lalita J. Balakrishnan, Aikya Sumon Ray, Aikya Faisal Alam, Al-Fatiha Deepali Gokhale, independent organizer for human rights and social justice

Trans* Caucus Mirror Room For those of us from the South, it is incredibly crucial that we have a safe space of our own where we can touch upon the cultural issues and personal history of being trans*/gender non-conforming and Asian and Pacific Islanders. Sharing out stories in a space that is specific to us is powerful. Our stories help shape change in our personal lives and the world at large. Facilitator: Jayden Thai, T*Star Lab @ University of Louisville

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pg 13 Project R.I.C.E – Knowing is Power Board Room Project RICE (reduce infection through comprehensive education) aims to bring awareness and support to the LGBT Asian and Pacific Islander (API) group in the Atlanta area by providing free HIV testing, counseling and linkage. The API population in the state of Georgia has limited resources and is still underrepresented especially when it concerns HIV/AIDS. Through this workshop, Project RICE hopes to encourage LGBT APIs to know their status and to help spread the word amongst the rest of the community. Presenters: Alnory Regondola, CPACS Eddie Vo, CPACS Thanh Le, CPACS

11:00 - 12:15pm

Workshop Session 2

Current Issues Facing AAPIs in the South Activities Space (First Floor) The South had the fastest Asian population growth in the US according to the latest Census. Immigrants in the South have experienced both increased political power and discrimination because of their growth. Georgia has been a hotbed on many regressive policies including Voter ID laws, anti-immigrant state legislation, and English-only policies. These policies also have had a negative impact on the AAPI LGBT community. Please join us for a discussion on the changing demographics of the Southeast, and how the new influx of immigrants has shaped local public policy and the dialogue around civil rights. Presenters: Helen Kim Ho, Asian American Legal Advocacy Center, Inc. (AALAC) Jeff Graham, Georgia Equality Victoria Huynh, Center for Pan-Asian Community Services

Building LGBT Asian American/ South Asian/ Southeast Asian Community Organizations Karaoke Room LGBT Asian American/ South Asian/ Southeast Asian organizations provide essential community spaces for social activities, cultural events, education, peersupport, and activism. Come learn and share how LGBT AAPIs have built their

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A Regional Summit of LGBT AAPIs in the South organizations, how they negotiate among these sometimes competing missions, how to have better parties and pot lucks, and how to be inclusive of all LGBT AAPIs, and how they retain members and build new leaders. Presenters will also review technical issues such as how to secure a foundation grant, the process and requirements in becoming a tax-exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit, and legal issues as a community-based organization. Presenters: Ben de Guzman, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) Glenn D. Magpantay, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) Unn Skolnakorn, Queer & Asian Houston (invited) Mimi Cristien Nguyen, VAYLA, O Moi

Drumming for Wellness Board Room Bring your hands, bodies and spirit and drum away in this experiential workshop! If you can talk, you can drum. Come and have fun, meet new people, and energize your body and mind through music and visualization. And it doesn’t hurt that research has shown that drumming can increase your endorphins, boost your immune system and lower your brain waves ‌ led by a creative musician. Presenter: Sangeeta Swamy, AQUA-NC

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Plenary: Lunch and Keynote Address: Anneliese Singh Introduction by Glenn D. Magpantay, NQAPIA

Second Floor Activities Space

Anneliese Singh is a queer Sikh South Asian American who was politicized in the deep South. She has a long history of activism in HIV/AIDS, reproductive justice, and immigrant rights. She is an associate professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development Services at The University of Georgia and a licensed psychologist. With dear friends, Anneliese co-founded the Breaking the Silence Project seeking to reduce child sexual abuse in South Asian communities. She has been active in providing psychological support and education on community violence to Wisconsin and Atlanta Sikh Gurdwaras. Anneliese co-founded the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition in 2009 to reduce heterosexism, racism and other oppressions in school settings. She researches the resilience of trans people of color, South Asian survivors of trauma, and communitybased empowerment interventions. Anneliese passionately believes in the power of compassion and healing for liberation.

1:30pm - 2:45pm

Workshop Session 3

Intersectional, Interdisciplinary, and Interactive: Multiple Approaches to Immigration Activities Space (First Floor) Immigration is a key issue for AAPIs and the LGBT community. This session will bring an Intersectional analysis that examines legal, policy, and advocacy (Interdisciplinary) perspectives on immigration in a way that will engage participants in an Interactive way. Since the November 2012 elections, when AAPI and Latino communities voted in unprecedented numbers for pro-immigration reform candidates, immigration reform has remained a hot-button political issue. Heading into the 2014 midterm elections, the debate will only become more heated, and this session will break down various components of the complex issues around immigration. With an understanding that multiple identities such as race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, and citizenship affect how we engage these issues, we employ an intersectional analysis

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A Regional Summit of LGBT AAPIs in the South to our discussion of immigration. We examine legal perspectives in how individuals encounter immigration law, policy perspectives at play in the immigration reform proposals on the table, and advocacy strategies at work in our communities. Participants will engage these issues in an interactive way and learn firsthand what they can do to become more involved. Presenters: Ben de Guzman, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) Paulina Helm-Hernandez, SONG Bonnie Youn, Youn Law Group

Trans* Ally 101: Be a Better Trans* Ally Board Room Trans* folks are integral people in our communities and movements. This workshop aims to provide attendees with information and tools to not only work with trans* folks, but also how to be better allies for the trans* community. Attendees will receive a review of gender/gender identity/gender theory, discuss current issues facing the trans* community, and learn effective allyship behaviors. Presenters: Jayden Thai, T*Star Lab @ University of Louisville Yen Nguyen, T*Star Lab @ University of Louisville

The Desi Queer Helpline Karaoke Room Find out about DeQH the nation’s first Desi Queer Helpline—who it is for, when to call, how to spread the word, how you can support your friends and peers and how you can get involved. Started by a coalition of Desi Queer organizations around the country, including SALGA, Trikone, AQUA-NC, Hotpot!, Satrang, and others, DeQH is the first volunteer run helpline of its kind in the U.S. Don’t miss out on this exciting community resource. Presenter: Sangeeta Swamy, Desi Queer Helpline

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Workshop Session 4

Pride Starts at Home and Community: LGBTQ Allies and Asian Parents of LGBTs Activities Space (First Floor) Are you seeking to build an ally base in your local API Community? Does your organization want to learn strategies and means to engage your community to support and advocate for the LGBTQ community? Recognizing how ethnic culture influences help-seeking behavior and addressing those nuances are key to build allies in your community. In this workshop, you will learn how you can start building allies at home and community by creating effective support systems for your parents, families and community to create dialogue, promote acceptance and increase ally base. Presenters: Clara Yoon, API Project in PFLAG NYC (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People of New York City)

How to be an Effective Advocate Board Room Creating safer schools, combating racism, advancing workplace protections and protecting our families all require some level of advocacy. During this workshop, we will provide skills building and pointers on communication and community mobilization to make your advocacy efforts as effective as possible. The workshop will serve as a companion piece to the “Current Issues Facing AAPIs in the South. Presenters: Jeff Graham, Georgia Equality Helen Kim Ho, Asian American Legal Advocacy Center, Inc. (AALAC)

Pushing Back Against School Pushout! Karaoke Room Students are being pushed out of schools at alarming rates. This workshop will explore what school pushout is and how it particularly impacts LGBTQ youth, youth of color, and youth living with disabilities. We’ll explore the institutional barriers to graduation as well as the ways in which school discipline can disproportionately be used to target students. We’ll learn about ongoing campaigns in Georgia and ways you can get involved to make change in your local community.

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A Regional Summit of LGBT AAPIs in the South Presenters: Em Elliott, Georgia Equality Marlyn Tillman

Polyamory and Non-Monogomy Caucus Mirror Room This is a closed caucus for people who identify as polyamorous and/or nonmonogamous. Most of the spaces for polyamorous and non-monogamous people are white; yet LGBT AAPI who so identify have few places to turn. This will be an open discuss for people to share their experiences, find peer support, “network,” and get phone numbers. Facilitators: Asha Leong Glenn D. Magpantay

4:30 - 5:45pm

Workshop Session 5

Queer in the Classroom and Beyond Mirror Room Meet fellow students, educators, and community organizers who have experience navigating the formal and informal education systems in the south. Attendees of all ages are encouraged to share experiences in this roundtable workshop. Panelist will share their experience working with API and/or Queer communities within the formal and informal education programs. Time will be allotted for attendees to share their experiences, as well. The objective is to share our body of work and to summarize best practices in/outside the school system as experienced in the southern region. Participation in the round table is not exclusive to queer-identified and/or Asian and Pacific Islanders. Presenters: Veronica Salcedo, Filipino American National Historical Society, Hampton Roads, VA Darren Arquero, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley

Sex Positivity: Erotic Sex, Sticky Sex, Sexual Liberation, and the Gay Asian Experience Board Room This workshop is about sex … having sex, sexual politics, and organizing against

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the collusion of sexism and racism. Asian men (cis and trans) have suffered from traditional gender roles through desexualization, exoticization, and hypersexualization. Media images have traditionally depicted Asian cis men as effeminate, submissive bottoms. But “sticky rice” – cis and trans Asian men who seek, love, and fool around with other Asian men – has been awakening. Before we can empower our communities, Asian men and trans folks need to reclaim sex and queers need to reclaim our bodies in all their shapes, sizes, and parts. We will have an open discussion about these issues and explore the possibility of “hands-on” practice or demonstration of ways to explore gay Asian sexuality and sexualization. Presenters: Glenn D. Magpantay, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)

Allies Caucus Karaoke Room For allies and LGBTQ individuals to share experiences and discuss strategies to create ally outreach programs in their own community Facilitator: Clara Yoon, API Project in PFLAG NYC (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People of New York City)

Women’s Caucus Activities Space (First Floor) This caucus is for LBT women to share and learn from each other, as well as to brainstorm our unique needs and our role in the South's queer AAPI movement Facilitator: Florence Tang, Planning Committee Co-Chair


Dinner on your Own

10:00pm - ?

Bar Night at Burkhart’s Pub in Midtown Atlanta 1492 Piedmont Ave NE Ste F (Ansley Square Mall (Piedmont and Monroe))
 Atlanta, GA 30309

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Sunday, April 6, 2014 9:30 - 10:00am

Breakfast Second Floor Activities Space Sunday Emcee Surinder Bal

10:00 - 10:30am

Building an LGBT AAPI Movement Second Floor Activities Space Come learn about NQAPIA’s Programs and the next National Conference of LGBT AAPIs. Whether its support to start a new organization, help on fundraising, outreaching at local Asian ethnic and cultural festivals, NQAPIA and our staff can help you. Get involved! Speakers Glenn D. Magpantay, NQAPIA Michelle Lee, Koreans United for Equality and NQAPIA

10:30 - 12:00pm

LGBT AAPI Immigrants Rights: What’s at Stake for our Community? Second Floor Activities Space The South has the nation’s fastest growing Asian American, South Asian, and Southeast Asian populations, largely due to immigration. Yet the media largely portrays most immigrants as Latino, and sometimes Asians are painted as the “model minority immigrant.” Some in the LGBT community say that immigrants’ rights is not a “gay issue” notwithstanding that so many LGBTs are immigrants. We are foreign students, professional (H1B) and low-wage workers, asylum-seekers, greencard holders and undocumented. Speakers Ben de Guzman, NQAPIA

12:00 - 12:45pm

Lunch Cafeteria

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Taking Action on Immigration Reform for LGBT AAPIs Second Floor Activities Space Come learn how we can diversity the LGBT agenda and ensure that decision-makers in Washington, DC hear the voice of our community. Speakers Michelle Lee, Koreans United for Equality and NQAPIA Tracy Nguyen, API Equality- Northern California

2:00 - 2:45pm

Local Caucuses to bring the Summit Home and Continue the work Georgia

Activities Space (First Floor) Florida

Karaoke Room Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana

Board Room

Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi

Mirror Room

The Carolinas

Library Room The Virginias

Second Floor Activities Space 2:45 - 3:15pm

Report Back on Caucuses, Evaluation, Next Steps Second Floor Activities Space Facilitated by Surinder Bal

3:15 - 3:30pm

Closing Second Floor Activities Space Stan Fong, Planning Committee Co-Chair and NQAPIA Board Member

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Congratulations to everyone and especially to our son Glenn. We are so proud of you. Mom & Dad


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NQAPIA Board of Directors Bex Ahuja, Management Center, Brooklyn, NY Janani Balasubramanian, Brooklyn, NY Anj Chaudhry, CAAAV, Brooklyn, NY vanessa coe, San Francisco, CA Vivian Chung, Wharton School of Business/UPenn, Philadelphia, PA Stan Fong, Atlanta, GA Mandy Hu, San Francisco, CA Kevin Lam, Providence, RI Alison Lin, Oakland, CA Michel Lee, Koreans United for Equality, Los Angeles, CA Joy Messinger, Invisible to Invincible (i2i), Chicago, IL Chong Moua, Minneapolis, MN Eri Oura, Honolulu, HI Phillip Ozaki, Lambda Legal, New York, NY Alan Ratliff, Gay-Straight Alliance Network, Oakland, CA Aya Tasaki, Audre Lorde Project, New York, NY Jayden Thai, Louisville, KY Sasha Wijeyeratne, Madison WI monna wong, API Equality - Northern California, San Francisco, CA * Affiliations for identification purposes only.

NQAPIA Staff Glenn D. Magpantay, Co-Director of Development Ben de Guzman, Co-Director of Programs Roberta Sklar, Media Consultant Mia Nakano, Website/ Tech Consultant Julia Yang, Database Consultant

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February 4–8, 2015

Sheraton Denver Downtown


Andy Marra!

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Asian Pacific Islander Organizations The South

Pacific Northwest

Asian Queers and Allies (AQUA), Durham, NC Queer & Asian, Houston, TX Trikone- Atlanta, GA Khush Texas, Austin, TX VAYLA- New Orleans

Asian Pacific Islander Pride of Portland, OR Trikone-Northwest, Seattle, WA UTOPIA- Seattle Project Q of APIFWSC-Chaya, Seattle, WA

Midwest Shades of Yellow (SOY), Minneapolis, MN Invisible-to-Invincible: Asian Pacific Islander Pride of Chicago Trikone-Chicago, IL

Mid-Atlantic/Metro DC Area Asian Pacific Islander Queers United for Action, Washington, DC Asian Pacific Islander Queer Sisters, Washington, DC hotpot!, Philadelphia, PA Khush-DC, Washington, DC NAPAWF-DC LGBTQ Committee, Washington, DC

Greater New York City Area Dari Project Gay Asian & Pacific Islander Men of New York QWAVE South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association Barangay – NY

Northern California Asian Pacific Islander Equality-Northern California Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women and Transgender Community Gay Asian Pacific Alliance South Bay Queer and Asian, San Jose Trikone UTOPIA- San Francisco

Southern California API Pride Council Asian Pacific Islander Equality-Los Angeles Asian American Queer Women Activists Barangay - LA Satrang Gay Asian Pacific Support Network Koreans United for Equality (KUE) UTOPIA- San Diego Viet Rainbow- Orange County

New England Massachusetts Area South Asian Lambda Association, Boston, MA Queer Asian Pacific-Islander Alliance, Boston, MA Southeast Asian Queers United for Empowerment & Leadership (seaQuel), Providence, RI

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Stay in touch with us: NQAPIA 1322 18th Street, NW Washington, DC 20036 NQAPIA 233 Fifth Avenue Suite 4A New York, NY 10016 Website: Email: Facebook: Twitter: @nqapia; #nqapia YouTube: LinkedIn:

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