sbQA logo

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.

Join Us


Get email announcements on raps, events and more directly via email by signing up for our email announcements. We won't spam or rent your email to others!

Women Transgender Group halloween-1 halloween-2 halloween-3 One Pride-2009-1 Pride-2009-2 Pride-2009-3 Pride-2009-4 Pride-2009-5 Pride-2009-8 Pride-2009-9 Pride-2009-10 Pride-2009-11 Pride-2009-12 Pride-2009-14

Upcoming Rap Sessions

Rap Session Info

Rational or Romantic

JULY22 2014
  • Time: 7PM-8:30PM
  • Location: Billy DeFrank Center, 938 The Alameda, San Jose
  • Facilitator: Shishir T.

In the 21st C in Silicon Valley - is 'Rational" in and 'Romantic' out?!

Or is there a little of both in us?

How do you see yourself - and how do you see your ideal mate?

Lets talk about how we see ourselves and our conception of what makes for a good partner and a fulfilling relationship.

(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] 2014 sbQA Annual BBQ-Picnic-Potluck

DATE: Saturday, July 26th, 2014

TIME: 11:30 am-3 pm (please arrive promptly with food; eating begins @12:30pm)

WHERE: Mitchell Park (Pine Grove Area), 600 East Meadow Avenue, Palo Alto

COST: A dish to share for 6-8 people, we need main and side dishes

CAPACITY: 100 people

RSVP: Register

Summer is here! Please join us for one of the largest events of the year; our annual BBQ-Picnic.

  • sbQA will provide basic BBQ meat items such as hamburgers and hot dogs. It is potluck style for the rest!
  • The list of potluck items we are asking you to bring may change based on need. RSVP right away to secure bringing your first choice!
  • An email will be sent a few days before the picnic to remind you of your potluck item.
  • Please check-in with the sbQA table upon arrival! We'll have access to tennis courts, handball courts, large grass lawns to setup a volleyball game or ultimate frisbee, and a gated dog exercise area. Come with your [registered] friends and feel free to bring any of your favorite summer sports games for a gay-'ol-time!

Please keep in mind some of the park rules:
Alcohol is prohibited.
Bringing tables and/or portable BBQ's is prohibited.
Dogs must be leashed at all times.
Sales of any type are prohibited.


WHEN: Saturday, Aug 9, 2014

TIME: Meet at SAN FRANCISCO PIER 41 at 11:15am, Return: 5:30pm (Public Parking Garage nearby)

COST: Round Trip Ticket by Ferry - $17.00 (Collect at pier)

RSVP: Please RSVP via and questions to jmok@ rocketmail. com (Melvon) or new_ch_friend@ yahoo. com (Albert). Please sign up early.

Enjoy San Francisco breeze by taking short ferry ride across San Francisco Bay to Angel Island
Please RSVP via and questions to jmok@ rocketmail. com (Melvon) or new_ch_friend@ yahoo. com (Albert). Please sign up early. -------------

Meet at SAN FRANCISCO PIER 41 at 11:15am, Return: 5:30pm (Public Parking Garage nearby)

We'll be riding on the Blue and Gold Fleets
Depart Pier 41 at 11:45am. Then we'll enjoy and have your lunch shortly after landing there. Then hike around Angel Island 12:15p.m - 4:30p.m. Shall return and Arrive at Pier 41 5:30p.m
Cost: Round Trip Ticket by Ferry - $17.00 (Collect at pier)
BRING BAG LUNCH/DRINK, sun block and miscellaneous hiking gear.

(Optional: After excursion, dinner in a San Francisco restaurant)

Enjoy the eye popping scenic hike around Angel Island. Rated as an easy hike, the surfaced 5-mile perimeter road, which can be gravelly in some spots, offers a different view at every turn, including rocky coves, sandy beaches, grassy slopes, forested ridges and the occasional deer and/or raccoon. Hike time of approximately 2 to 2.5 hours.
We will begin on a short hike (1.5miles) to Angel Island Immigration Center. In 1905, construction of an Immigration Station began in the area known as China Cove. The facility, primarily a detention center, was designed to control the flow of Chinese into the country, since they were officially not welcomed with the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.
We will have lunch (about 1p.m) by the shores at the Center before continue our hike around the island.

[sbQA] SBQA Camping

WHEN: Friday, August 15th, 2014 to Sunday, August 17th, 2014

WHERE: Arroyo Seco, Greenfield, CA ( 1 hours & 40 minutes from San Jose)

CAPACITY: 45 people maximum

PRICE: $63 including meals for Friday night dinner, 3 meals on Saturday and Sunday breakfast

RSVP: Register

SBQA campers, are you ready for another exciting camping trip this year? Mark your calendar and RSVP by July 31st.

Arroyo Seco Campground is located in the Carmel Valley just outside of Greenfield, at an elevation of 900 feet. It is about 1 hours and 30 minutes drive from San Jose.

Arroyo Seco is nestled into a hillside providing lots of shade under large oak trees. You may feel like relaxing on the river and do nothing or enjoy an awesome, scenic hike to a waterfall and/or swim on the river along the hiking trails.

Our group campsite is secluded with all of oak trees and no other campsites nearby, have picnic tables, fire ring, and a pedestal barbecue grill. Yes, this park has hot showers and flushable toilets too. I recently visited the campsite. Here are some of the photos I took.

Please RSVP by making paypal payment by clicking this link:

Please register before July 31st.

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.