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South Bay Queer & Asian

The San Francisco South Bay's Premiere Gay, Lesbian, Transgender & Bisexual Asian Support & Social Organization

Our Vision

To provide each other with an extended family that will support and embrace our quest for self-discovery, love, and social acceptance.

Our Mission

To provide a fun and safe environment for queer Asians and Pacific Islanders in the South Bay to come out and be comfortable with their sexual identity and ethnicity, as well as be vital and visible to the greater community.

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Upcoming Rap Sessions

Rap Session Info

Gay Celebrities and Role Model

SEPT13 2016
  • Time: 7PM-8:30PM
  • Location: Billy DeFrank Center, 938 The Alameda, San Jose
  • Facilitator: Cliff H.

For this week's rap session we will chat about topic: gay celebrities and role model. The media in our society likes to build up a celebrity who has a success story and put some sort of role model on him or her. The media's purpose is mostly about selling their paper or magazine or something for that matter. The role model label, however, is not just a designer's fashion piece someone casually wears. Oftentimes the celebrities wearing that label can have various level of impact on the gay youth in our society who are still looking for directions in their lives.

In this meeting we will go through a list of names of celebrities and talk about your impression about them and what they may represent to the public. And you are welcome to name someone you consider a gay role model. After all a positive gay role model can inspire and influence on our gay youth in many good ways.

In addition, one of our regular attendants will be going back to school outside this area after this week. We will take this chance to a small tea party to wish her the best at our meeting.

(After our rap session, we'll head out to a local dive for dinner together as a group.)

Due to the sensitive topics and subjects we discuss at our rap sessions which often times are only applicable to Queer Asian/Pacific Islanders (APIs), we appreciate the understanding of our non-API friends and allies to join us at all other sbQA events. SBQA raps are a safe and empowering space for Queer APIs

Upcoming Events

[sbQA] sbQA Camping at Portola Redwoods

WHEN: Friday, August 5th to Sunday, August 7th

WHERE: Portola State Park. Website:

COST: $70 per person (includes meals, water, tea, and coffee)

Capacity: 50 people

RSVP: Registration Link:

It’s that time of year again for the sbQA camping trip. Reservations are now open.

Besides the great company, come for the awesome meals that SBQA camping trips are famous for. It's a great place to enjoy nature, get away from the hectic pace of city life, and for meeting new friends around the campfire. And yes, there are hot showers and flush toilets.

Cancellation Policy: 15+ days = Full refund; 8-14 days = 50% refund; 7 days or less = no refund.

[sbQA] sbQA – EBN joint Potluck Pool Party in San Jose

WHEN: Saturday, August 27, 2016, 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

WHERE: 2123 Shadow Ridge Ct., San Jose

HOST: George Skillman 408.531.9462

Event Coordinators: Stephen Mahabir 510.329.2124 & Robert Austria 415.203.4454

Limit: 60 (30 for sbQA members, 30 for EBN)


George has invited members and friends of sbQA and East Bay Network (EBN) to his home in San Jose to enjoy an afternoon of fun in the sun. We are allocating 30 spaces for each organization and these will be filled on a first-come basis. A reminder letter will be sent one week before the event to those who are signed up.

Everyone attending is asked to bring their favorite main dish, side dish, casserole, dessert, or salad to share. The kitchen will be available for food preparation and reheating for those who need it. Couples are reminded to bring a dish of double proportion. Please use the first letter of your last name as the guide for your assigned dish.

Last Name starts with A-F: Desserts
Last Name starts with G-P: Salads, side dishes, vegetables
Last Name starts with Q-Z: Main dishes

Cutlery, cups, plates, napkins, and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided. Feel free to bring your favorite alcoholic beverage for yourself or to share.

For entertainment, there's ping-pong, croquet and foosball. Feel free to bring your favorite board games.

Don’t forget towels, sunscreen, and of course your swimsuit, as this is not a clothing optional event.

The above RSVP link will cease as soon as we reach capacity (30 persons).

[sbQA] SBQA - Viva Las Vegas, Baby!

WHEN: Saturday, September 3rd to Tuesday, September 6th

WHERE: Las Vegas

COST: $100 per person (lodging only for 3 nights, the airfare will be booked individually by the interested party)

RSVP: RSVP with Keith at vince_n99 @

Our Sbqa organizer had reserved a 3 bedroom luxury condo that will house up to 10 people near the Las Vegas strip. Whether you like gambling, buffets, shows, shopping, visiting different casinos, and/or relaxing on the pool, there are activities for everyone. It will be a fun 3 night weekend. If you do not have Tuesday off, some of us will take an early flight and head to work the same day. If you are interested, please rsvp asap with Keith. Unfortunately, there is only one or two spots left.

Being gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual can be a challenging experience for many of us. It becomes even more complicated when you involve mom and dad, family and being Asian. Many questions arise. Who should I date? How do I play it safe when it comes to sex? Where have all the cowboys gone? How do I meet Mr./Ms. Right? How do I tell my family about me? Where do I meet men or women?

So let's talk! At our rap sessions, we meet in a group to talk about various different topics. SBQA presents a variety of interesting topics, including "coming out," relationships, discrimination, and safe-sex. Members can also bring up personal issues to the group and receive feedback and advice. And we do it in a safe, relaxing, friendly environment. Everything is kept confidential, so don't worry!

Our rap sessions are open to all Asian and Pacific Islander gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual or questioning men and women. We meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Billy DeFrank Center in San Jose, CA. Join us for dinner afterwards at a nearby restaurant.