AAPI Institute at Creating Change 2015

We’re excited to connect with our #QAPI friends, partners, and allies at the 2015 National LGBTQ Task Force Creating Change Conference in Denver, Colorado on February 5-8.

You can find a list of the activities we’re co-coordinating with our partners below, including the fifth annual AAPI Institute on Thursday, February 5th. Many of these events are open to all and we encourage active participation. Allies’ respect for the safe spaces designated specifically for AAPIs is appreciated.

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If you are attending, please fill out this form to let us know you’re coming. We would love to track all the APIA workshops and connect our community. It’s not too late to register – JOIN US!


Thursday, February 5th
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Day-Long Institute)

“AAPI Focus: Building a Queer AAPI Movement” 

Join this movement-building Day Long Institute for Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) LGBTQ people. Network with LGBT AAPI activists from around the country. We will discuss concrete ways to overcome barriers, leverage resources, and create models for more effective LGBTQ AAPI organizing. Learn strategies to advocate for public policy issues, increase visibility, and counter homophobia and transphobia in the larger AAPI community and racism within larger LGBT movements. Gain an understanding of Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander queer communities in the U.S. and the intersections between social justice movements that engage them. You will leave with a better understanding of the multiplicity of our communities across gender, nationality, and religion and how this affects our ability to build a national movement. This Institute is intended only for Asian American (including South Asian and Southeast Asian) and Pacific Islander attendees.

Friday, February 6 
3:00 PM – 4:30PM 

“Queering Immigration”

Pabitra Benjamin (NQAPIA) and Salem Acuña (Southerners On New Ground) 

Saturday, February 7th 
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM (Workshop Session 3)

“Organizing LGBT AAPI for Social Change”
Glenn Magpantay (NQAPIA), Elisa Armea (i2i), Tracy Nguyen (APIENC), Eri Oura (NQAPIA) 

Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander (AAPI) LGBTQs are organizing like never before. This workshop will give an overview of the nation’s LGBTQ AAPI groups, and will provide comparative information about their infrastructure, capacity, and challenges. Leaders of LGBTQ AAPI organizations will showcase local multilingual education campaigns to counter anti-gay bias and organizing campaigns for immigrants’ rights and marriage equality. Participants will discuss ways to build a queer AAPI movement. Workshop open to all

Saturday, February 7th
6:30 PM

AAPI Caucus – focus on National LGBT AAPI Conference
Joy Messinger (i2i) and Vivian Chung (NQAPIA)