APIQS Movie Night on Saturday Sept 27th: Yes or No

posted Sep 26, 2014, 8:47 AM by   [ updated Sep 26, 2014, 8:47 AM ]

Happy September! APIQS members!

We plan to have a monthly movie night from September 2014.

Our first movie would be ‘Yes or No’ which was made in Thailand in 2010.
Through having movie night, we want to have social gathering, a snack potluck (something that goes well with watching movies), and follow-up discussion on the movie and Thai culture. The topic would be the lesbian life in Thailand, where the gender roles are pretty much divided into two, butch and femme, called Tom (butch lesbian) and Dee (femme) in Thai. Anyone who are APIQS members and their allies can come and join in this event.

* Movie Title: Yes or No
(Thai: อยากรัก ก็รักเลย; RTGS: Yak Rak Ko Rak Loei; literally "Let's Love As We Wish")

* Running time: 110mins
* Cast: Sucharat Manaying - as Pie, Suppanad Jittaleela - as Kim
* Language: Thai with English subtitles

* Plot: Before staring the new semester, an adorable girl, Pie switched her dorm room. Her former roommate, Jane just broke up with her Tom (butch lesbian) and had a hard time of dealing with it. After Pie finds out that her new roommate Kim is a tomboy, she tried to switch her room or change her roommate again but could not do that. As Pie and Kim get closer as friends who never had a butterfly in a stomach to somebody, they started to wonder what they feel about each other is about the friendship or love.


DATE: September 27th, 2014, Saturday at 7pm

WHAT TO BRING: We are having a snack potluck which means you can bring whatever food or drink you want to share. Bring your own cup if you can remember to.

WHO: APIQS members and allies (ANYONE can come, watch movie, and join in the discussion after the screening)
are welcome to this event.

PLACE: Please reply to get the address of the home in Washington DC 20019 (nearest Metro: walkable from Minnesota Avenue Station). There are stairs to get into the house and stairs to the movie room and bathroom.

REPLY: RSVP by email to, phone, or the Facebook event page Please call Ina at 507-304-3314 if you have questions.

APIQS Steering Commitee
Ina, Lan, Cynthia, Anch, Hong, and Alyssa

APIQS Retreat 2014! (Sunday 8/10/14)

posted Aug 10, 2014, 3:04 PM by   [ updated Aug 10, 2014, 3:19 PM ]

Hello all!

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? 
If 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 Center)
It is very very close to the Eastern Market metro station on the Blue/Orange line. The building is wheelchair accessible from the back entrance.

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 of it. 

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 year!

*APIQS Membership Statement 
(Also found here:
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

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. 

Parking: 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!



10:40-11:00 am

Welcome and Intros

11:00-11:20 am


11:20-11:50 am

Review goals, community agreements, last year’s retreat

11:50-12:00 pm


12:00-1:30 pm

Mission Statement

1:30-2:30 pm


Name conversation

2:30-3:30 pm

Action Planning for 2014!

3:30-3:45 pm


3:45-4:00 pm

Review Next Steps


4:00-4:10 pm

Closing Activity

After Retreat Activities, if interested

Please feel free to email (cjchu0710@ or call/text me (609) 297 7248 if you are having any issues!

APIQS Pride Month Events Coming Up! (6/28 & 7/6/2014)

posted Jun 25, 2014, 9:18 AM by   [ updated Jun 25, 2014, 9:34 AM ]

Hi all!

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.

Upcoming Events:

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)
When: 1-4pm
Point of Contact: Cathy Chu - Cell: (609) 235-7771; Email: cjchu0710 @

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.

Sunday, July 6th - Beyond Bollywood Smithsonian Exhibition Meet Up

Details: The curators of the Beyond Bollywood Exhibition are leading a tour (see! For more details on the exhibition, visit
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 @

Below are a few ways to keep in touch and get involved with APIQS:

1) 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*

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.

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 to attend.

5) Send your questions and comments to the Steering Committee at

Much love,
APIQS Steering Committee
Alyssa, Cathy, Cynthia, & Lan
smiley face sun next to smiley face rainbow

6/1/14 Screening of "Documented" and Q&A including Jose Antonio Varga

posted Jun 1, 2014, 11:15 AM by   [ updated Jun 25, 2014, 9:39 AM ]

Hi everyone,

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 for the schedule.

DOCUMENTED a film by an (crossed out text: illegal immigrant) undocumented American. Pictured is a Resident Alien ID card of Jose Antonio Abaga Vargas at age 12.

Read the Huffington Post article about this important film and watch/hear the trailer: Jose Antonio Vargas Film 'Documented' Aims To Change Minds About Immigration

Looking forward to being with you at this community event,

Lan, Cynthia, Alyssa, Cathy, Diane, Luella
APIQS Steering Committee -- please email apiqsdc@ if you might be interested in joining the committee!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Wed, May 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Subject: Washington, DC- June 1 Screening of "Documented" and Q&A including Jose Antonio Vargas

Friends in the DC Metropolitan area:

We are pleased to present a special screening of Jose Antonio Vargas' film, "Documented" during its opening weekend in the nation's capital.

Jose will be on hand for a Q&A panel with leaders of local and national LGBT, Filipino American, and Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations. 

Further information is below. Please note: you must buy a ticket for general admission to see the film as you would normally in order to stay afterwards for the Q&A. 

The venue is a small, independent theater, seats will go quickly. We encourage people to come early and stay late!

Information for "Documented" Screening and Q&A Panel

West End Cinema
2301 M Street NW, Washington DC

Sunday, June 1, 2014
5:00 PM Showing

Tickets available General Admission or online here.

Panel afterwards featuring local and national advocates, including:

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 Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
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

Out to Tea: APIQS in the workplace (Sunday April 27, 2014)

posted Apr 26, 2014, 7:32 AM by   [ updated Jun 25, 2014, 2:32 PM ]

Hey all!

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

Afterwards, some of us will be going to OverEasy, a "ladies tea dance," featuring DJ vANNIEty kills!

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 @ 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:
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

Picture of a mug filled with a brown liquid. Multicolored letters floating on the surface of the liquid spell "OUT to Tea". Multicolored letters "...with APIQS" appear below the mug.
Easy read article with lots of great topics for discussion:

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.

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