The Bow Tie Party: Our 2nd Annual Community Connections Event

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GAPA Foundation Presents

The Bow Tie Party

2nd Annual Community Connections Event


Save the date and join the GAPA Foundation for a joyous evening at the International Hotel, the cultural epicenter of San Francisco’s little known Manilatown and iconic landmark in the local API community.

Keep Saturday, October 18, reserved for us. We’re working on building a fun and festive night that will empower you to support this year’s GAPA Foundation scholarship recipients and grantees. Dress theme is simple – the iconic bow tie – and it’s open to interpretation.

An early thanks to Google for sponsoring this event. If you are interested in joining them as a sponsor, contact


Spotlight on 2013 Grantee: The Dari Project!

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We caught up with one of our 2013 Grantees, the Dari Project, to learn a little bit more about the work they’ve been doing, and how the GAPA Foundation Community Grant has helped them with their mission thus far. If you like this post, please share it on social media (and please subscribe to our blog to get more updates about previous grantees, upcoming grant and scholarship deadlines, and more!).


What is the Dari Project?
Dari Project, is a volunteer-led, grassroots organization that develops resources to increase awareness and acceptance in Korean American communities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people of Korean descent. By documenting and sharing the life stories of LGBTQ Koreans, the Dari Project seek to build bridges among Korean American families, social networks, institutions and faith communities.

What inspired the creation of the Dari Project?
Dari Project came together because a group of LGBTQ Korean American friends were frustrated by lack of stories available on LGBTQ Korean American experiences and the lack of resources available for our families

What’s the coolest thing the Dari Project has done to date?
Finally publishing the first bilingual anthology of LGBTQ Korean American personal essays and art–a project nearly a decade in the making!

What impact has the GAPA Foundation’s grant had on helping further the Dari Project’s growth?
GAPA provided financial support to the project at a key moment when we were in the final stages and needed additional funds to make the book a reality.  We see our book as real testament to community–virtually all of our funding came from individual donors from our communities our community-grounded entities like GAPA Foundation.

What’s next for the Dari project? Any big news or events the public should be aware of?
Like most LGBTQ Asian American organizations, Dari is volunteer-led and right now we’re figuring out what Dari 2.0 will look like now that we’ve finally published this long-awaited book.

To learn more about the Dari Project, please visit:


2014 Scholarship FAQs

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What is the GAPA Foundation Scholarship?
The goal of the GAPA Foundation Scholarship is provide financial assistance to Asian and Pacific Islander (API) and/or lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students who are interested in activism in the API and LGBT communities. We want to reward and award the students who are making a difference in our community!

Who can apply?
You must be a student who is in the process of applying to, or currently attending a post-secondary undergraduate institution (college, university, community college or vocational school). Students of life don’t count – sorry!
You must also:
- Have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 or better (on a scale of 4.0)
- Have a strong history of activism within either the API and/or LGBT communities

Do I need to identify as API and/or LGBT in order to apply?
Nope, applicants need not identify as either to apply. Preference, however, will be given to applicants who identify as both API and LGBT.

How much is the scholarship award?
The GAPA Foundation scholarship is a $1000 award. GAPA Foundation is looking to award up to three $1000 scholarship awards for the 2014 year.

When is the deadline?
July 15, 2014

What kind of application is it?
The application consists of a short questionnaire, two short answer questions and one essay question. In addition, as part of the application, we require a transcript (unofficial is fine) and one letter of recommendation from a teacher, employer, school administrator, counselor or community leader.

Sounds good to me! How do I apply?
Download a copy of the APPLICATION and email the application and required attachments to by the application deadline of July 15, 2014.

Any other questions?


2013 Community Connections

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CC2013PhotoCollageThank you for coming out and making GAPA Foundation’s annual Community Connections event at the Chinese Historical Society a huge success!!!  GAPA Royalty, Khmera Rouge and Sir Whitney Queers were our fabulous emcees. They kept the energy flowing throughout the afternoon and into the early evening.  Daniel Sudar, a rising Asian voice in American Apparel, added some sizzle with hunky models featuring his sensual underwear collection.  Lastly, the Foundation was able to showcase this year’s talented scholarship and deserving community grant winners. Past grantees, Trikone and the Dari Project, also shared their stories about the impact of being able to receive a GAPA Foundation Grant.  Special thanks to our Community Partners, Google and Max Muscle on Polk, who helped underwrite the event, allowing the Foundation to maximize dollars raised from individual donors to directly fund more scholarships and grants.

It was extremely exhilarating to see the outpour of community support and engagement.  A huge THANK YOU to everyone who made a donation. Your funds will allow GAPA Foundation to continue our mission to provide funds and leverage resources to empower the API LGBTQ community. Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!!

Looking forward to connecting in 2014!


2013 Scholarships

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Meet GAPA Foundation’s 2013 Scholarship Winners!

Vinita Chaudhry, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

Vinita is a senior undergraduate student at Washington University in St. Louis, double majoring in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies & Anthropology. Vinita has been actively involved in various forms of LGBTQ activism since their time in high school, serving on the executive board of Washington University’s Pride Alliance (largest campus multi-focus LGBTQ organization), Safe Zones Facilitators, and is currently working on starting up an organization for queer people of color on campus (including students, faculty, and staff); outside of Washington University, Vinita has completed internships in New York City for Empire State Pride Agenda and SALGA-NYC, as well as an internship with a local NGO in Udaipur City, India. They also are working on the completion of a senior honors thesis and Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship research project, which explores South Asian queer identities and activism in New York City, through the lens of SALGA-NYC in particular. Vinita is incredibly honored to have been awarded the GAPA Foundation Scholarship, and looks forward to continuing to do work for API LGBTQ folks.

Timothy Mok, University of California, San Francisco, California

Timothy is a graduate student in the School of Pharmacy at UCSF.  He is currently the UCSF Project HIV Outreach Coordinator, and is involved in leading educational workshops for queer people living with HIV, as well as screening for HIV and providing information on the most up-to-date therapies.  He is involved in the leadership of campus-wide diversity programs and within the School of Pharmacy.  He is expected to graduate in Spring 2015.

Lucy Ngo, California State University, Long Beach, California

Currently attending CSULB, Lucy is a part of Vietnamese Rainbow of Orange County and hopes to continue her activism in the LGBTQ community. In addition, she is a peer supporter of ReachOut, a mental health support service. She is the youngest out of her two sisters. When not busy, she is either sleeping or playing Candy Crush Saga.


2013 Grant Awards

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We are proud to present our 2013 grantees which cover a wide range of community interests:
  • youth mentorship
  • support of under-represented ethnic groups
  • support of trans community
  • leadership development
  • language support
  • family support

API Wellness Center – Trans Thrive (Bay Area)This grant serves the underserved trans community. It will specifically support Project In-TYCE (Integrated Transgender Youth of Color Empowerment) and a mentorship program for trans youth of color.

DeQH (National)This grant makes an impact within the LGBT South Asian community on a national level. Desi Queer Helpline is the first and only helpline in the U.S. dedicated to South Asian LGBTQ individuals.

API Family Pride (Bay Area)This grant will fund the updating of their Coming Out, Coming Home DVD so that it can continue to make an impact on families of LGBT APIs. They are all volunteer run.

API Equality (Bay Area)This grant will help fund their leadership development efforts in training, mentoring, and politicizing young LGBTQ API activists. They have been helping to develop future queer API community activists for 9 years now

Viet Rainbow of Orange County (SoCal)This grant will help fund a public service announcement aimed at bringing positive visibility of LGBTQ individuals in the Vietnamese-Community while promoting culture, community, family, and unity. The PSA will be broadcasted on local Vietnamese language television channels. This organization was formed as a result of the exclusion and discrimination faced by the Vietnamese LGBTQ community during the 2013 Tet Parade in Orange County.

UTOPIA (Seattle)This grant will help fund their leadership training retreat. UTOPIA specifically focuses on supporting the Pacific Islander community to provide them with a culturally affirming safe space and resources.

Visible Silence Film (National)This grant supports an arts project. It targets multiple underserved communities – women, transgender, Thai. This film is about 5 women who want to participate fully in Thai society and are committed to showing, through their words and example, that they exist; that they are good people who contribute to their society; that they matter.


Mission Statement

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GAPA Foundation is a philanthropic organization that provides funds and leverages resources to empower the Asian/Pacific Islander LGBTQ community.

  • Is dedicated to exploring critical issues that affect the API LGBTQ community and supporting innovative programs and individuals seeking solutions to those issues.
  • Provides academic scholarships to non-traditional API LGBTQ students and core funding to under-resourced and/or underrepresented local community organizations and projects.
  • Seeks to nurture and support organizations for future growth and independence through infrastructural support such as mentorship and leadership development.