36th API Heritage Festival

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Come by the API LGBTQ & Ally table at the 36th API Heritage Festival, themed “Working Together As One”! Email gapimny@gapimny.org if you would like to volunteer with our table.

Sunday, May 3, 2015, 11am – 4pm
Manhattan Chinatown
Mott St from Canal to Chatham Sq
http://www.capaonline.org

Group Viewing of Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera

Tseng Kwong Chi

Join GAPIMNY as we visit the much-anticipated exhibition Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera.

This groundbreaking show focuses on the work of queer, Chinese American photographer Tseng Kwong Chi, illuminating how his iconic self portraits explored questions of personal and political identity that preoccupied many artists of his generation.

Following a self-guided tour of the exhibition will be a group discussion on the exhibition and its relevance to our community today.

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 3:30pm
Grey Art Gallery, NYU
100 Washington Square East
$3 suggested admission, free for NYU folks
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GAPIMNY at Community Catalyst Awards

GAPIMNY at Community Catalyst Awards

Recently on on Mar 28, 2015, GAPIMNY attended NQAPIA’s Community Catalyst Awards, honoring Clara Yoon, GABRIELA USA, and one of our very own—Dennis Chin!

To those who joined us: we hope you’ve had as much fun as we did!

SOLIDARITY: The #Blacklivesmatter Movement and QAPI Solidarity

Protest #blacklivesmatter

Do you want space to talk about issues related to #blacklivesmatter? Interested in learning more about historic alliances and coalition building between Black and API communities? Do you want to know more about the facts behind #blacklivesmatter? Not sure what role you can play in the movement?

Come join Q­Wave, SALGA, and GAPIMNY in a community wide discussion on the #blacklivesmatter movement and Queer API solidarity!

What does the #blacklivesmatter movement mean for the larger struggle for social justice? As LGBTQ Southeast Asians, East Asians, South Asians, Pacific Islanders, immigrants, and descendants of immigrants, what are some of the challenges that hold us back in our solidarity work? What role can we play in the movement?

Food and drink will be provided! We look forward to seeing you there!!

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 1pm – 3.30pm
The LGBT Center, Room 302 (208 W 13th St)

FOTB: Gay Asian Episode: Free Viewing + Panel Talk Back

Fresh Off the Boat TV Show

We are co-sponsoring a free community viewing of “Blind Spot”, a gay Asian episode from Fresh off the Boat!

Everyone is welcome, so do invite your friends, family, and allies. Let’s stand together and uplift the API LGBTQ community!

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015, 7pm – 10.30pm
Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher St, New York, NY 10014

Show starts at 8pm.
Asian LGBTQ panel talk-back from 8.30pm – 9.15pm.

GAPIMNY Presented Workshop at Columbia University

GAPIMNY Members with Clara Yoon

On Feb 15, 2015, representatives from GAPIMNY joined Clara Yoon from API Project PFLAG NYC in presenting a workshop on LGBTQ issues in the API community at Columbia University.

The workshop was part of Columbia University Asian American Alliance’s annual Crossroads High School Conference, a leadership conference for young API students to explore aspects of their identities within the contexts of a increasingly diverse API community.

Sex/gender/sexuality identities were discussed, which then transitioned into a discussion on how the “coming out” process is unique for API people. Presenters and participants shared personal stories of their experiences with the process. The workshop concluded with the distribution of resources to local organizations that serve the LGBTQ API community.

Ask a Gaysian!

Ask a Gaysian

 

GAPIMNY is debuting Ask a Gaysian, an advice column/blog on all things gay and Asian. We want to talk about all things gay and Asian, e.g. coming out, friendship, love, race, gender, immigration, LGBTQ issues, and more.

Got a burning question or a story you want to share and need advice or thoughts? Ask us!

You can email us at gapimny@gapimny.org with the subject “Ask a Gaysian” or you can anonymously post a question on our Ask.fm page.

Learn more about Ask a Gaysian here: http://askagaysian.tumblr.com/

Note: We use “gay” but we will be talking about all things queer. As for “Asian” we mean specifically Asian American issues, though we may touch upon issues in Asia.

DowneTime Presents… March Movie Fest!

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The weather is starting to warm up, and it’s time to catch up with old friends and meet new ones!

Join us for a memorable evening as we screen several Queer Asian short films and movie clips, followed by a discussion.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided!

This is a FREE event for queer, questioning, and transgender self-identified males in their teens and twenties who identify as Asian/Pacific Islander.

When: Thursday, Mar 19, 2015, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Where: CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities, 55 Hester St, New York, NY 10002

DowneTime is a confidential support and discussion group for queer, questioning, and transgender self-identified males in their teens and twenties who identify as Asian/Pacific Islander.

Valentine’s Day Spotlight: Jason & Ken

Jason and Ken

How did you meet?

We first met through mutual gaysian friends at a house party in Brooklyn-we barely spoke and Ken did not even remember meeting. It wasn’t until months later when we were both dancing across the room from each other at The Ritz that we actually took notice of each other and the rest is history.

What is one thing that you appreciate about each other?

Jason: To be really specific, I appreciate when Ken brings me breakfast in bed. I appreciate how sweet and thoughtful he is, not only with me but with everyone. He has a natural optimism that is uplifting to be around.

Ken: Jason has the biggest heart and a tender soul. He is always willing to listen and lend a hand whatever the situation may be. I know I will always get good pillow-side chat at the end of every day.

What’s one of the most challenging issues you faced as a couple?

Most recently we moved in together which is now great, but the moving process was at times stressful-we both had to make various arrangements and get everything in order, in addition to balancing work, family obligations and so forth.

Overall, the challenges we face are more so external to our relationship. There may be external dynamics that may come up for each of us individually, but we try to be supportive of each other and we both try to be mindful of how those dynamics may impact how we are with each other.

How does your family react to your relationship?

Our families are generally very supportive. We spend a lot of time with each other’s respective families on a regular basis. Early on in our relationship, Jason went to a family wedding of Ken’s and met a large part of his family very early on. As for the night at The Ritz that sparked our relationship, Jason’s siblings were all present and approvingly witnessed the blossoming of our romance. For now, Jason’s parents are having a difficult time with acceptance.

Jason and Ken 2

What traditions do you have as a couple that sustain the relationship?

Friday is our official date night. Eating spicy Szechuan food is another tradition.

What other issues do you think queer API couples face?

Unfortunately, there’s a real lack of visibility and representation of what our relationships as queer APIs look like.

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Check out last year’s couple, Kyoung & Danny.

Looking for love?  Come out to GAPIMNY’s Elixir Happy Hour tonight at Boxers Hell’s Kitchen from 7-9 PM.

Help our families understand what it means to be LGBTQ and API.  Join us this month to queer the Lunar New Year.

Support Group for Gay Asian Mandarin Speakers

Chinese language

In order for there to be a private space for our Asian friends to discuss issues touching on gay sexual orientation, GAPIMNY will be setting up a support group (language of communication will be Mandarin). This support group will be open to all gay, bisexual, queer men of Asian descent. If you are interested, you are welcome to send an email to gapimny@gapimny.org (with the email subject ‘Chinese support group’). We will be in touch as soon as we can!

为了让亚洲朋友有一个专属空间能够自由的讨论一些关于男同志性取向的话题, GAPIMNY 将会建立一个小组 (沟通语言将会是中文). 这个小组将开放给所有同性或双性恋(或非异性恋)的亚裔男性. 如果你想参与, 欢迎你发电邮到gapimny@gapimny.org (题目标签-”中文小组”)。我们将会尽快和你联络!