Due to COVID-19 and cancellation of NQAPIA events in order to keep our community safe and healthy, we have cancelled our Leadership Summit and Community Catalyst Awards this month. This and many other cancellations has led to loss of wages, tips and inability to work remotely for the service workers at 88 Palace in Chinatown NYC and the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, VA. To alleviate this pressure, NQAPIA is launching a community fund for the workers, many of whom are low-wage immigrant workers and struggling to survive. Here is NQAPIA’s general statement on COVID-19 and anti-Asian violence if you haven’t seen it yet.
What NQAPIA is Doing:
Rapid Response Fundraising Drive
- For the low-wage restaurant workers at 88 Palace Restaurant in Chinatown who would have supported and served food to LGBT API community folks coming to the NY Catalyst Dinner
- For the immigrant hotel housekeepers who have supported and cleaned the rooms of LGBT API guests who were coming for the Summit.
NQAPIA staff are also holding the concerns and emotions for so many people who are alone, vulnerable, and susceptible to disease. It’s a hard time. In addition to this Rapid Response Fundraising Drive, we’re developing a collection of Mental Health Resources. We are also holding space for the community to connect remotely by setting up a zoom peer-support group. Please join us for our first call on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 8pm EST/ 5pm PST / 7pm CST. You can find the link to RSVP here.
The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is a federation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations. We seek to build the organizational capacity of local LGBT AAPI groups, develop leadership, promote visibility, educate our community, enhance grassroots organizing, expand collaborations, and challenge anti-LGBTQ bias and racism.