Do you want to help shape APIQS for the future? We are planning our APIQS retreat part 2, in which we draft our mission statement and discuss and make plans about the future of APIQS and our programming for the next year!
Who can come?
you fall under the APIQS membership statement* you can come! You don't
have to identify as a "member" to come. We are happy to welcome folks
who are new to APIQS and are interested in getting involved, as well as
folks who are interested in influencing the direction of APIQS.
Join us on Sunday, August 10th, 2014, 10:30AM-4:30 PM.
We will be meeting at 410 7th St. SE DC (SMYAL's LGBTQ Youth
It is very very close to the Eastern Market metro station on
the Blue/Orange line. The building is wheelchair accessible from the
APIQS will provide food (snacks and lunch), but you are welcome to bring a
dish or snacks to contribute. Contact me if you are unsure if you will
be able to make the whole retreat but are interested in attending part
RSVP: Send me (Cathy Chu) your name and dietary/accessibility requests, and whether you need a ride - cjchu0710@gmail . com. I can also provide more information about parking/directions/what we will be doing!
More info - What is this?
We had our first retreat last year, and we would love to have more folks involved in this year's retreat! Last year's retreat was focused on discussing vision, values, and our membership statement*. You can find rough notes here. At
this retreat we will shape our mission statement, discuss and hopefully
come to consensus on a name change, and plan programming for the next
*APIQS Membership Statement
(Also found here: http://www.apiqsdc.org/mission):
who is Asian / Pacific Islander (API) or of API descent and also meets
at least one of the following criteria may be considered a part of the
APIQS constituency (members and potential members):
1. Lesbian, gay, bi, or queer woman
Anyone under the trans/GNC umbrella: transgender, genderqueer, gender
non-conforming, intersex, multigender, agender, or otherwise of
Please feel free to send me more questions!
Metro/Bus: SMYAL is very
close to the Eastern Market metro station. Please check metro schedules
to see if there are any service changes.
There is street parking available. There is no time limit on Sundays,
so any 2 hr parking signs are actually all day parking if needed. If you
are having trouble finding parking I would suggest any streets off of
the intersection of E St SE and 6 St SE / 5th St SE. That would be a
short (3-5 min) walk.
Finding Us: The building is a blue row house and has a "smyal" sign outside. Please ring the doorbell if knocking does not work!
In case you were wondering, here is the agenda!
Welcome and Intros
Review goals, community agreements, last year’s retreat
Action Planning for 2014!
Review Next Steps
After Retreat Activities, if interested
Please feel free to email (cjchu0710@ gmail.com) or call/text me (609) 297 7248 if you are having any issues!
We met a lot of great folks at Capital Pride, and we'd love to stay in touch with new and old APIQS family!
APIQS is an organization focused on building community for
Asian/Pacific Islander folks who identify as a Lesbian, Gay, Bi, or
Queer women or trans* of any gender.
Saturday, June 28th - Picnic Potluck
Details: Bring a dish to share! Please RSVP to Cathy Chu.
Where: Malcolm X Park (15th Street and Chapin Street NW)
Point of Contact: Cathy Chu - Cell: (609) 235-7771; Email: cjchu0710 @ gmail.com
Here's the picnic potluck sign-up spreadsheet! Please go to this link to tell us what you're planning on bringing, or look at it for ideas! Also, feel free to share dietary restrictions or make requests for rides, games, foods, etc. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1kdPUMNWgPL6Nyxn-4NVmOiwb3yKheNUTGeOhkwxw07Y/edit#gid=0
Sunday, July 6th - Beyond Bollywood Smithsonian Exhibition Meet UpDetails: The curators of the Beyond Bollywood Exhibition are leading a tour (see https://www.facebook.com/events/1389772221294526/)! For more details on the exhibition, visit http://smithsonianapa.org/beyondbollywood/
Where: Meet at Paul Bakery (801 Pennsylvania Ave NW DC) then head to the
National Museum of Natural
History (Constitutional Ave and 10th Street NW)
When: 1pm meet at Paul Bakery; Exhibition tour starts at 2pm
Point of Contact: Cynthia Lee - Cell: (571) 422-0628; Email: cynthiatlee @ gmail.com
Below are a few ways to keep in touch and get involved with APIQS:
Join our email listserv -- this discussion group is only for folks that
identify as LGBT, Asian/Pacific islander, and women or trans*
2) Join our Facebook private Group -- access only for folks that identify as LGBT, Asian/Pacific islander, and women or trans*https://www.facebook.com/groups/475603465785402/
3) Check out our Facebook public Page -- for everyone interested in
staying up-to-date about our activities. Feel free to “Like” us to
follow our activities.https://www.facebook.com/APIQSDC
4) Join us for a Steering Committee meeting if you’d like to be involved in planning events for APIQS. Our next one is Monday, June 30th at 7pm
over Google Hangout! Email firstname.lastname@example.org
5) Send your questions and comments to the Steering Committee at email@example.com
APIQS Steering Committee
Alyssa, Cathy, Cynthia, & Lan
This Sunday, June 1st, the 5:00PM show of this movie will have an special panel discussion afterward. Details are below. If you can't make to this event, West End Cinema will be running the movie from May 30-June 5. Director Jose Antonio Vargas will visit for Q+A for some of the other shows. Check www.WestEndCinema.com for the schedule.
Looking forward to being with you at this community event,
Lan, Cynthia, Alyssa, Cathy, Diane, Luella
APIQS Steering Committee -- please email apiqsdc@ gmail.com if you might be interested in joining the committee!
---------- Forwarded message ----------From: NQAPIADate: Wed, May 28, 2014 at 10:00 AMSubject: Washington, DC- June 1 Screening of "Documented" and Q&A including Jose Antonio Vargas
Jose Antonio Vargas, Filmmaker and founder, Define American
Mara Keisling, Executive Director National Center for Transgender Equality
Marita Etcubanez, Former Co-chair, Kaya: Filipino Americans for Progress- DC Chapter
Ben de Guzman, Co-Director for Programs, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
National Center for Transgender Equality
Kaya: Filipino Americans for Progress- DC Chapter
Asian Pacific Islander Queers United for Action (AQUA-DC)
Asian Pacific Islander Queer Sisters (APIQS)
KhushDC- South Asian LGBT Organization in Washington, DC
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
Join APIQS for a discussion being queer/LGBTQ and Asian American/Pacific Islander in the workplace, workers rights, and the bamboo / glass / rainbow / fill-in-more-here ceiling!^
Sunday, April 27, 2014, 1-3 pm
Northeast Branch Library
Conference Room - Mezzanine
330 7th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
This discussion is open to and geared towards people who fall under the APIQS membership statement.^^ This discussion is also open to allies. All ages. The Northeast library is recently renovated and wheelchair accessible.
We are looking for additional facilitator(s). Not necessary, but preferred: someone who has experience in more corporate or non non-profit settings! Also potentially someone with worker's rights advocacy background. The discussion will depend on group interest. Email me at cjchu0710 @ gmail.com if you are interested or want to talk it through!
Bring snacks and/or tea to share if you would like!
See you there!
^For folks who are not familiar with the "ceiling" metaphor - this refers to barriers different communities have in advancing in the workplace. For instance, the Bamboo Ceiling is sometimes used to refer to structural and cultural barriers that limit Asian Americans because of their race, ethnicity, and/or culture. (Though whether "bamboo ceiling" actually is something that is generalizable to all APIs in the US is a legit question as well.)
^^APIQS membership statement (also found here: http://www.apiqsdc.org/mission):
Anyone who is Asian / Pacific Islander (API) or of API descent and also meets at least one of the following criteria may be considered a part of the APIQS constituency (members and potential members):
1. Lesbian, gay, bi, or queer woman
2. Anyone under the trans*/GNC umbrella: transgender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, intersex, multigender, agender, or otherwise of non-binary gender
Easy read article with lots of great topics for discussion:http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/author-n-va-native-helen-wan-on-the-bamboo-ceiling/2014/02/12/89cc0b76-5151-11e3-9e2c-e1d01116fd98_story.html
Join us for the time-honored tradition of LGBTQ AAPI bonding over small room karaoke. Allies are welcome too! When: Sunday, March 2, 2014 @ 4:00-7:00pm
Where: Wok and Roll @ 604 H St NW, Washington DC 20001
$10-$15 per person, but no one will be turned away for lack of
funds (We really want you to come even if you can't contribute).
About karaoke box / noraebang:
This is private room karaoke, so you'll only be singing to and with folks in
our group. Please let
us know if you are bringing a guest so
we know what size room to reserve.
The room will be on the second floor of the restaurant. We are working on finding out the accessibility of this location.
About the location:
If you are not familiar with Wok And Roll, it's in DC's Chinatown and
has a light-up sign for sushi in the window. It doesn't look like a
karaoke place, but I promise it is. It's in a different part of the restaurant. Let the staff at the desk know
you're there for karaoke, and they'll show you the way (or you can give Cathy a call).
RSVP on the Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/732264066793099/ or to
(609) 297 - 7248cjchu0710 @ gmail .com
Asian Pacific Islander Queer Sisters (APIQS) is a community-based group for LGBTQ AAPI wom*n and trans* people in the the DC metropolitan area.
We're happy to announce that APIQS was chosen as a grantee of the Cherry Blossom Giving Circle, a DC-based community giving circle dedicated to serving the AAPI community! The funds will go toward hosting a screening of "No Look Pass" and participating in this year's Pride! "No Look Pass" is a documentary on the experience of Emily Tay, a first-generation Burmese as she navigates collegiate basketball and coming out to her parents (http://nolookpassthemovie.com/). For more information, see the attached press release.
In honor of National Coming Out Day which was October 11th, we would like to host our own storytelling circle on Sunday, October 13th.
Bring a snack and/or story to share. APIQs will provide tea and some light snacks.
This event is free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you there!
When: Sun, Oct 13, 2013
3:00 - 5:00pm
Where: Arlington Central Library, 2nd floor meeting room
This library has free parking.
Two Metro stations are nearby: Virginia Square and Ballston on the Orange line
If you have any questions, contact a member of the APIQs Steering Committee or email
apiqsdc @ gmail.com
APIQS will be hosting a self-defense workshop geared toward the needs of LGBTQI API women/trans*/gender non-conforming folks. The class is open to all but priority will be given to people of Asian/Pacific Islander descent who identify as women or trans*/gender non-conforming.
The location will be near Dupont Circle metro. The entrance has one step. Email apiqsdc@ gmail.com if you have a question or accomodation request.
Please RSVP through the form at the link below (there are a limited number of spots)! Feel free to forward this to folks you know who might be interested.https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1y8tABVL1u3tjhd8dunKNoYGyHF5bON2waXbNTTHUePo/viewform
Massive rally & march for justice, jobs, peace, and freedom! Meetup with NCAPA and ally groups before heading to the Lincoln
Memorial. We gather to raise awareness on immigration, unemployment, poverty, women's rights, LGBTQ rights, voter rights, racial profiling, and other critical issues affecting our
nation. For details, see below or the facebook event
you'd like to march and rally with LGBTQI Asian/Pacific Islander folks & allies,
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
National Action to Realize the Dream March and Rally, August 24, 2013
Join the National Council
of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) and its member organizations as we
unite our voices and march for the issues impacting our society today: Housing and Economic Justice, Education Access, Commonsense Immigration Reform, LGBTQ Rights, Women's Rights, and more.
NCAPA organizations and other AANHPI groups who want to join us, please meet on 17th Street NW directly across the street from the south end the World War II Memorial
(see the map below). When you arrive look for the NCAPA banner
. We will be wearing
white t-shirts with blue words that read “National Council for Asian
Pacific Americans” on the back and “Still in Pursuit of the Dream” on
the front. OTHER IMPORTANT REMINDERS
Meeting Time: our meeting time remains the same. We meet at 8AM
. It is important that you arrive as close to 8AM
as possible. Once we join the rally at 8:45AM
those who arrive late might not be able to find us as the rally
organizers have divided to the rally area into grids. Once a grid fills
up it is closed. Come early, we might still have t-shirts to share.
8:00 AM AANHPI groups meet at predetermined spot (see map above)
8:45 AM Join the larger rally at the Lincoln Memorial
9:00 AM Main Program
12:30 PM Participate in the MarchBring water and snacks
: the Rally’s Main Program and the March to follow will not end until approximately 2pm
. It is going to be hot day, so bring plenty of water and snacks. There will be restrooms and cooling stations on the mall.
: We are expecting a sunny day, so bring some sun screen. Bring an umbrella so you are prepared if it rains.What can you have on the mall?
We have been told individuals can bring chairs and coolers, but
remember you will have to carry whatever you bring in the March.
Balloons are not allowed on the mall. We are making signs and will
likely have some to share. If you make your own signs, remember the
theme is justice, jobs, peace, and freedom.
Coming by car?
If you are driving or being dropped off, check www.dc.gov
for road closure notices. There are smaller marches that might result
in roads being closed to traffic, and notices may not be posted until
late in the day Friday
: Metro trains will open at 7am on Saturday
morning and operate on regular schedules. We recommend purchasing roundtrip fare cards before Saturday
to avoid long lines before and after the event.
: people with disabilities will have access to
shuttle services between Foggy Bottom Metro and the Lincoln Memorial
beginning at 7am
. If you require use of a shuttle, email name, contact information and special need to MOW@nationalactionnetwork.net
by 5pm this Thursday, August 22, 2013.
When do the Rally and March begin?
The rally begins at 9am
with a program that includes several speakers. The March will begin after, around 12:30pm
Click here for the March route
. Originally the March was to conclude at
the MLK Memorial, but as you can see from the map, it will now end east
of the Washington Monument.
Please contact Anthony Bowman at email@example.com
for additional information.
What: Pride Happy Hour with APIQS & DJ Vanaysia
When: Thursday, June 27, 2013. 5:30-8:00PM
: Sushi Rock
@ 1900 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington, VA
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/events/526944740704118/ (you have to be in the group to see this) or e-mail apiqsdc@ gmail.com . Not required to attend, but
not done celebrating PRIDE yet! Come have a drink and nosh on some
bites with us as we close out a fantastic Pride month at Sushi Rock.
DJ Vanaysia (Bliss Events) will be laying down the beats for the evening so come support!
All ages are welcome at this event. The APIQS Steering Committee looks forward to welcoming all new members and catching up with current/former members.
For the directionally challenged/those who
can't trust an iPhone, the closest metro station is Courthouse Metro
(Orange line). Head north on N Uhle and turn right on Clarendon