When & Where
Saturday, April 25, 2015
5:00pm to 11:00pm
|5:00pm – 6:00pm||Registration & Socializing (come early – open seating!)|
|6:00pm – 7:00pm||Dinner is served|
|7:00pm – 9:30pm||Entertainment & Raffle Drawing|
|9:30pm – 11:00pm||Speed Dating & On-Site Dancing|
|After 11pm||++ After-party at TBA++|
Come early – Open Seating
939 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118 [map]
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Parking – Street Metered (Free after 6pm).
- One blocks from MUNI
2-Clement Clement St. & 12th Ave.,
38 Geary Geary Blvd & 12th Ave.,
1-California California St & 12th Ave.
We have a few sponsorship levels.
Be a Sheep Supporter, Platinum, Gold, or Silver Sponsor! Gold and Platinum Sponsors will be recognized for your generous support in the banquet program under the “Thank You Sponsors” section. Of course, if you choose to be an anonymous sponsor, we would gladly honor your wish.
|Sheep Supporter||$500 ($518.49 w/service fee) (reserved table for 10 adults)|
|Platinum Sponsor||$105 ($109.67 w/service fee) (one dinner and acknowledgement)|
|Gold Sponsor||$80 ($83.79 w/service fee) (one dinner and acknowledgement)|
|Silver Sponsor||$120 ($125.19 w/service fee) (two dinners)|
|Individuals||$42 ($44.46 w/service fee) postmarked by 4/5;
$49 ($51.71 w/service fee) after 4/5
|Seniors/Students||$25/person ($26.87 w/service fee) (Please present ID at the door)|
|Children||$15 ($16.52 w/service fee) (3-13 yrs old)FREE (younger than 3 yrs old)|
|Seniors/Students||$25 ($26.87 w/service fee) (Please present ID at the door)|
(Service fee = Online Reservation Service fee)
Make Your Reservation
Click or tap below to reserve seats online:
**NOTE: The due date has passed for mail-in check reservations, please order your tickets on-line. A limited number of tickets are also available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.
Mailed reservation and payment must be postmarked by Saturday April 5th to hold your spot and ensure discount pricing. Space is limited, reservation is guaranteed by check only. Please make check payable to “API Banquet” and return this form with your reservation.
Fill out a blank registration form by hand and mail in with your check (there is no handling fee for this service).
- Click here to download PDF and fill out the RSVP form
- Make your check payable to “API Banquet”
- Mail your form and check to: APIQWTC, 630 Thomas L Berkeley Way #507, Oakland, CA 94612
In the case of a needed refund, please make your requests by April 5, 2015.
We will not be able to accommodate your request after this date.
Phoenix Award Honoree
Phoenix Award Honoree
Congratulations to Willy Wilkinson, Our 2015 Phoenix Award Honoree!
Willy Wilkinson, MPH is an award-winning writer and public health consultant who has been advocating for marginalized populations since the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. A dynamic and engaging speaker who is recognized widely for his expertise in transgender issues, he has trained and provided consultation services for hundreds of community health organizations, businesses, and educational institutions on how to provide equal access for LGBT populations. Willy has been advancing Asian and Pacific Islander (API) LGBT issues over the past three decades through published articles, community organizing, cultural competency training, and spoken word performance. He is the recipient of a National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association award and the Transgender Law Center Vanguard Award, and is the first transgender person to receive the Asian and Pacific Islander Queer Women and Transgender Community (APIQWTC) Phoenix Award.
Willy was a key organizer of the early API lesbian movement in the 80’s, and organized the first peer support programs for API transmasculine individuals and people of color on the female-to-male spectrum. He has documented the API queer women’s and trans movements in the San Francisco Chronicle, Asian Week, San Francisco Bay Times, Curve Magazine, Sojourner, and Philippine News, and was an editor of the API Lesbian newsletter Phoenix Rising. In “Asian Lesbianism as a Political Identity” (Sojourner, 1984), Willy wrote about racism in the lesbian community, homophobia in the Asian community, and the difficulty of reconciling a lesbian identity with the cultural expectations of our families and communities, and stereotypes perpetuated by larger society. As editor of Phoenix Rising in the late ‘80s, Willy invited the perspectives of a broad range of API ethnicities and identities, and asked the community to confront its own prejudices and rules of membership.
In an article about the first Asian lesbian retreat, which drew 80 women, Willy wrote about the challenges of individual and collective empowerment while working through years of oppressive societal and cultural messages. (San Francisco Bay Times, 1987). In “Gender Hybrids and Passing Dykes” (Asian Week, 2001), he highlighted the presence of API transmasculine people within the larger API community. Willy received wide acclaim for his article on the sociopolitical intersections between his parents’ interracial marriage and his own same sex marriage during the Winter of Love (San Francisco Chronicle, 2004).
Recent publications include a global perspective on transgender cultural competency in the inaugural edition of Transgender Studies Quarterly, and a contribution to Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, which explores the intersections between mixed heritage and trans experience. Willy’s piece in Manning Up: Transsexual Men on Finding Brotherhood, Family and Themselves addresses racism, Asian female subjugation, and transgender expression, and was described as “highly evocative” by the Lambda Literary Review. Willy’s forthcoming memoir Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency (due in Fall 2015) blends his intersectional experiences of race, gender, sexuality, disability, class, and parenthood with lessons from the fields of cultural competency, public health, and policy advocacy.
Willy was the first Asian and first transgender community health outreach worker providing street-based HIV education and crisis intervention for sex workers and drug users in San Francisco. He worked on the first large-scale public health research project on the transgender community, and developed the first HIV prevention program for trans men who have sex with other men. Willy launched the Health Care Access Project at Transgender Law Center, the first program in the nation to address trans health disparities through provider training, “know your rights” workshops for community members, and advocacy for trans-competent care.
Willy earned a Masters in Public Health in Community Health Education from UC Berkeley, and a BA in Women’s Studies from UC Santa Cruz. He lives in Oakland with his beautiful, irreverent wife Georgia Kolias and their three vibrant, young children. Learn more at www.willywilkinson.com.
APIQWTC Phoenix Award
APIQWTC was formed in 1999 and as a legacy from previous APIQW organizations has continued celebrating the lunar new year with an annual banquet tradition. In 2012 we celebrate our communities’ 25th Banquet year. Proceeds of the Banquet aid projects that support and promote the visibility of the API LBTQ community. Your support also funds other APIQWTC activities, such as the summer BBQ, Pride, and other events.
Every year, APIQWTC presents the Phoenix Award to someone for their lifetime achievements and contributions to the API queer and transgender community. It’s our way of recognizing our many members who have done so much for our community in countless ways.
Come celebrate with us at our 2015 Spring Lunar New Year Banquet! An awesome lineup of entertainment and community spirit awaits you!
List of Performers & Emcee
Kotobuki TaikoOpening Act
Kotobuki Taiko is a community group of 40 or so Senior Taiko drummers ranging in age from 65-93 who attend classes once a week at the Stonestown Y Senior Annex. The name Kotobuki was chosen to represent the celebration of 'Longevity" in our community. Kotobuki Taiko has performed on the API-Pride stage during SF Pride, On Lok's 25th Anniversary's Celebration, The Howard Grayson Conference for LGBT Seniors and the Cole Valley Community Fair in San Francisco. Kotobuki members: Wanda Jung, Doreen Woo, Sharon Lee and APIQWTC's Crystal Jang, led by Sensei Carol Ayers, will demonstrate by their energy and enthusiasm that Taiko drumming is not just for the young, but also for the "Young" in heart and "Spirit" as well! Let's DRUM!
CBS SF Bay Area article: Jefferson Award Winner Keeps Seniors Drumming Along
Jaq Nguyen VictorEmcee
Jaq Nguyen Victor is the whimsy-drenched, second-generation child of a Vietnamese love warrior mother to whom they credit any and all magical gifts. They go by they.
This queer, genderqueer unicorn, with an invisible disability, is pursuing graduate studies in Drama Therapy at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and holds a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from the University of Colorado (CU Boulder).
They also spend their time as a massage therapist, collector of sung poems, and steward of our dear earth. Last year, Jaq debuted Gender Assimilation: A Rebuttal, a full-length show at the United States of Asian America Festival (USAAF) and is currently working on two others, Decolonization is Like Hard and Princess Genderqueer & the Racist Pea.
This year, they will debut Swanicorn: A Genderqueer Fairytale, a short film at the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project Film Festival (QWOCMAP) and are currently completing another, Drugs for Unicorns. Other work includes: social justice stand-up comedy with Peacock Rebellion’s Brouhaha troupe, theatrical clowning with the Clown School of San Francisco, youth programming with Blackgirl Dangerous, counseling with Queer Camp, eco-justice training with the Work that Reconnects, and nonviolent direct action with the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. They will soon be directing an independent playback theater troupe called QD Play: Queering & Decolonizing Playback and facilitating a training called Dig & Demand: Diasporic Vietnamese Artists for Justice with the Diasporic Vietnamese Artist Network (DVAN).
Heather and JessicaPerformers
Jessica Chen is a queer third generation hapa Chinese American born and raised in the Bay Area and has lived the last 9 years in Oakland. Heather Nievera is a 1.5 generation Filipina immigrant who's lived in the SF Bay Area for the past 8 years. She is an LGBTQ ally. Heather and Jessica bumped into each other at a musical jam session and have been making sweet harmonies ever since. The duo sing original songs of love longed for, love celebrated, and love embittered (or just plain angry). As an APIQTC league basketball alum, you can find Jessica on the court for queer/trans pick-up games in Oakland. No stranger to the APIQTC banquet, Jessica is also a speed-dating alumna. A worrywart, Heather believes in ghosts, loves wasabi, and is rediscovering how to beat her fear of heights by taking up top-rope climbing.
Aileen, Caroline and PatrisPerformers
Caroline Calderon is a queer Pinay originally from Los Angeles but currently residing in San Francisco. When she's not singing or playing the guitar, Caroline works with the Veterans Equity Center and teaches with Pin@y Educational Partnerships teaching Ethnic Studies to students at James Denman Middle School. Caroline has joined forces with fellow educators Patris Posadas and Aileen Pagtakhan.
Patris is a 24 year old Filipina, also born in LA, but raised in Bakersfield and now thriving in San Francisco. Patris currently uses her degree from San Francisco State to teach and empower youth. In her spare time, she laughs too much, watches Netflix, but most of the time, she sings.
Aileen is a homebody. She has lived in the Bay Area all her life and hopes to continue transforming communities and encouraging her grade 8 students to continue reading banned books.
AstraLogik is duo residing in the South Bay Area. This Filipino-American 1st-generation duo expresses their art through a multitude of genres, including acoustic, neo-soul, reggae, r&b, island, hip-hop, electronic, & indie. Watching a performance by them is a bit like experiencing artists with musical A.D.D. They have performed in a variety of venues up and down the Bay Area, California and are spreading their intentions of Patience, Compassion, Struggle, Growth, Peace, & Love through the uniting vibrations of music.
They recently released - SINGLE "Cosmic Beach Dreams" - a relaxing & nostalgic island song about their homelands, Guam & Philippines. You can download the music here: http://astralogik.bandcamp.com/track/cosmic-beach-dreams
ShangriLa at The EndUpAfter Party
Banquet attendees get in free before midnight with a complimentary wrist band
|When:||10pm - dawn (yes, dawn)|
APIQWTC 2015 House of Banquet menu (subject to revision)
(Vegetarian Dishes noted in Green below.)
1. SOUP- Sweet corn w/egg droppings
2. Walnut w/Prawns
3. House Specialty Crispy Fried Chicken
4. Peking Pork Ribs
5. Braised Mushroom w/Fried Tofu
6. Sauteed Mushroom & Bamboo Fungus w/Greens
7. 2 Scallion & Ginger Crabs
8. Minced Garlic Stir-fry with Big Pea Shoots
9. Vegi Fried Rice
10. Dessert- Fruit
Beverages: Tea included, other drinks available for purchase.
|When:||10pm – dawn (yes, dawn)|
|Where:||ShangriLa at The EndUp (We’ll be at the VIP Lounge at the back bar)
401 6th Street @ corner of Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA 94708 [map]
Scholarship & Awardees
Congratulations to our 2015 APIQWTC scholarship awardees, Bo Luengsuraswat and Sammie Wills!
Bo Luengsuraswat is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Comics at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. He received his Master of Arts in Asian American Studies with a concentration in Gender Studies at UCLA where he graduated summa cum laude. His Master’s thesis examined the artistic production by Asian American FTM transgender artists. Bo’s comics, cover art, interviews, creative and non-fiction writings, articles and reviews have been featured in many publications. His exhibitions, performances, and film screenings have been seen internationally in Cuba and Switzerland as well as Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Bo’s areas of research include critical ethnic studies, feminist studies, queer & transgender studies, popular culture, and comics studies. Born and raised in Thailand, Bo immigrated to the U.S. in 2003. In addition to attending school, writing, and doing research, Bo also started a small food business called Medina-Huang Kitchen which produces and distributes homemade peanut sauce. Bo looks forward to turning his passion for comics and illustration into a full-time career. Through his work, he looks to make a difference within the queer and trans of color communities and push the boundaries of ‘LGBT’ comics and representations. His work can be viewed on his website at https://thirteenzero.carbonmade.com/.
Sammie Wills is pursuing a B.A. degree in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity with a Minor in Education at Stanford University. Sammie also works as the Program Assistant at API Equality – Northern California, where she started as an intern in the Summer Internship Program. At API Equality, she co-founded the Communications Committee, served on the Leadership Team, and compiled curriculum to train young leaders on community organizing skills. Her senior honors thesis documents an oral history of API Equality – Northern California and aims to examine how the organization has changed over time. Currently, Sammie is a Board Member for the Stanford Asian American Activism Committee where she launched a long-term oral history project ‘Tracing Movements’ to document the immigration stories of Asian Pacific Islanders and rallied students to start a campaign focused on the need for faculty diversity. Sammie has served as the Executive Editor for Stanford STATIC, a progressive publication, and was the Kababayan Co-Chair of the Stanford Pilipino American Student Union. While at Stanford, she was also an Instructor for the course entitled ‘Revolution and the Filipino Diaspora’. As a mixed-race Filipina student, Sammie is committed to highlighting the narratives of the LGBTQ API community in her school work, through her activism, and with her organizing.
SPECIAL THANKS to all supporters of the Silent Auction and Raffle and other APIQWTC-sponsored events, all of which support the scholarship program.
Donate to the scholarship fund with your reservations today! For Donations to APIQWTC Scholarship Fund, go here now and donate online, or please make you check payable to “API Scholarship”. Thank you.
A portion of Banquet proceeds goes to the APIQWTC Scholarship fund to support queer API women and transgender people in their pursuit of technical/professional training or higher education. The scholarship aims to recognize active community members and encourage future leaders. The scholarship fund is strictly segregated from the APIQWTC general operating fund. For more info, contact Junior Claros at .
Donate Products & Services
Donate Products or Services as Prizes
Support our Banquet Silent Auction! This is a fun part of the event and we thank our community donors for making it possible.
APIQWTC is a non-profit, volunteer-based Bay Area group for nearly 900 Asian and Pacific Islander LGBT individuals, and the banquet attracts over 400 attendees each year from throughout the wider Bay Area. It is our main channel to raise funds for scholarships and causes such as Japanese earthquake relief and Southeast Asian Youth Empowerment. This year’s funds will support QueeRoc, the AROC Arab queer immigrant-led committee. QueeRoc aims at providing a space for Arab-identifying lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals in the Bay Area to meet for the purpose of community building and resource sharing through informal exchange of experiences and knowledge as well as social activities.
An in-kind Auction donation (of items / gift certificate) at any level would greatly help us in this regard! Your donation will be acknowledged in both our printed event program and the display signage for the Auction. You will receive a mailed tax-deductible donation acknowledgment.
Join our generous in-kind donors with a tax-deductible donation of your item, service, or other contribution to help make our auction a success!
Contact if you are interesting in helping out with the auction.
For general Banquet info, email .
Event volunteers are welcome! If you’re interested in volunteering, send an email to with subject “API Banquet”.