APIQS Karaoke Box on Sunday March 2, 2014

posted Feb 25, 2014, 7:47 PM by   [ updated Feb 26, 2014, 4:16 PM ]

"...someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection. the lovers, the dreamers, and me"

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
Suggested contribution:
$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).

Event Contact:
RSVP on the Facebook event page or to
(609) 297 - 7248
cjchu0710 @ 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.

APIQS Named Grantee Of Cherry Blossom Giving Circle!

posted Jan 23, 2014, 6:47 AM by   [ updated Jan 23, 2014, 6:48 AM ]

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 ( For more information, see the attached press release.

OUT to Tea with APIQS on Oct 13, 2013

posted Oct 12, 2013, 6:05 PM by   [ updated Oct 14, 2013, 4:40 PM ]

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
            1015 N Quincy St, Arlington VA
            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 @

Self-Defense Workshop on 9/8/2013

posted Aug 26, 2013, 6:02 AM by   [ updated Oct 12, 2013, 5:57 PM ]

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@ 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.

50th Anniversary March on Washington: Realizing the Dream

posted Aug 23, 2013, 12:18 PM by   [ updated Aug 23, 2013, 1:32 PM ]

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 immigrationunemployment, 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.

If you'd like to march and rally with LGBTQI Asian/Pacific Islander folks & allies, please contact

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.

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 March

Bring 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.

Weather: 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 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 schedule: 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 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 for additional information.


posted Jun 27, 2013, 2:53 PM by   [ updated Jun 28, 2013, 1:03 PM ]

What: Pride Happy Hour with APIQS & DJ Vanaysia
When: Thursday, June 27, 2013. 5:30-8:00PM
Where: Sushi Rock @ 1900 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington, VA

Details: We're 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 Blvd.

RSVP on Facebook (you have to be in the group to see this) or e-mail apiqsdc@ . Not required to attend, but encouraged!

DC Capital Pride 2013 Parade & Festival

posted Jun 27, 2013, 2:51 PM by

Saturday June 8th
APIQS will be marching & driving in the Pride Parade along with KhushDC, AQUA-DC, and NAPAWF-DC. Join our contingent of multi-gender, pan-Asian and Pacific Islander local coalition. Don't just watch; be in the parade with us! At 2pm, everyone meet up at Larry's Lounge, 1840 18th St NW DC. We will go to parade line up area together. We will provide snacks, drinks, and supplies for you to make posters.

Sunday June 9th
Stop by the APIQS booth @ Pride street festival
Between 3rd and 7th St on Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC
Nearest Metro is Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter


posted May 29, 2013, 11:25 AM by   [ updated May 29, 2013, 11:47 AM ]

When is the retreat?
Sunday, June 2nd, 2013
10:30 am - 4:00 pm

We will start at 10:30 am with coffee, tea, and socializing time. Please plan to be ready and settled by 11 am.

What is the retreat?
This retreat is part of our ongoing process to examine APIQS as an organization, the needs of our community, and how APIQS can better meet those needs and make spaces for more folks in our community!

If you recall, we put out a community survey in April to collect information for this process. If you haven't filled it out yet (we wag our finger at you, but...) you can still fill it out here!

At the retreat, we will be working on rewriting our mission statement and looking at our values and vision as an organization.

Who can come to the retreat? 
Everyone who falls under APIQS constituency in the broadest sense. You don't have to identify as a "member" to come. You are welcome even if you have never been to an APIQS event before.

Our mission statement doesn't currently reflect the diversity within our community...but that is part of why we are rewriting it. This is both a great time to get involved if you have been wanting to, and a good time to come if you haven't really been interested because you've been dissatisfied with the direction of APIQS.

Will there be food?
Yes, free food! Let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

SMYAL Youth Center, 410 7th St SE, Washington DC, is steps from Eastern Market Metro station (blue/orange line)

Yes please, if you can. Email cjchu0710@

Ask! Email cjchu0710@

Hope to see you there!


posted May 15, 2013, 10:14 AM by   [ updated May 30, 2013, 9:47 AM ]

13th Annual


May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Heritage Month. June is LGBTQ Pride Month. May 17th is the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Join DC's queer AAPI community to celebrate each of those events and recognize community leaders. The event, Pride & Heritage, is a collaboration between APIQS, KhushDC, AQUA, and NAPAWF-DC and it will be our 13th year celebrating it together!

Danny Leung
Mala Nagarajan
Vega Subramaniam
Lan Van


$5 cover at the door
includes h'or d'oeuvres from Burma Restaurant and one raffle ticket. This event is open to all.

Raffle prizes include a selection of sex toys courtesy of The Garden. Additional raffle tickets may be purchased.

When 5:30 PM on Saturday, May 18th, 2013
Program starts at 6:30 PM
Happy hour drink specials from 4 PM to 9 PM
 Add to Google Calendar
Where Larry's Lounge
1840 18th St NW, Washington DC
lower level and outdoor patio
Nearest Metro station is Dupont Circle

Dress code

Pride & Heritage is a coalition of the following community-based organizations of the Washington DC area:

Asian/Pacific Islander Queer Sisters (APIQS)
Asian & Pacific Islander Queers United for Action (AQUA DC)
National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum - DC Chapter (NAPAWF-DC)


posted Apr 12, 2013, 9:48 AM by   [ updated May 29, 2013, 11:46 AM ]

APIQS is in process of reviewing and updating the mission. We welcome community input!

The APIQS Steering Committee is conducting a community survey as a part of a process to rewrite our mission, vision, and values. This may also include changing our name!

This process was initiated by th
e Steering Committee to make sure APIQS is still relevant to our community, and to make sure our community feels inclusive to all those who may want to participate.

This survey is geared towards our current and future members/constituency including trans and gender non-conforming folks, but we welcome feedback from allies as well.

Would you take a moment to complete our survey? It should not take longer than 10-15 minutes.

Please send us your input by Wednesday, April 17, 11:59 EST! As we move forward with our revisioning process, we would love to continue discussing the future of APIQS with you. We greatly appreciate your time spent to help us create a more vibrant, enjoyable, and inclusive LGBTQ API community! ♥

Take the survey!

Also, please feel free to share this message or survey link.

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