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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

The Ideal Date

AUG25 2015
  • Time: 7PM-8:30PM
  • Location: Billy DeFrank Center, 938 The Alameda, San Jose
  • Facilitator: Shishir T.

Have you ever thought about what might be the perfect date for you? Would it be a fun day time outdoor activity or a quiet intimate dinner? Would you like to do something popular or something rare and unique?

Or would it depend on the person you were with?

Come and share how you feel.

(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] Cantor Arts Center 1.5 hour Walking Sculpture tour

WHEN: Sunday, 30 Aug 2015 from 11 am to 12:30 pm

WHERE: Stanford Cantor Arts Center begins at Main Quad entrance

LIMIT: 40

COST: Free

RSVP: https://goo.gl/A7roSN by Thursday, 27 Aug at 12 noon.

This is another totally free event and close to most of us on Stanford campus! This walking tour is slightly different than the one we had in June. It covers a larger area and will last an hour and half.

Thanks to Ron and Leo introduced this wonderful Outdoor Sculpture Around the Museum walking tour to us a few months ago. This free tour begins with marble statues, dating from 1891, that flank the Cantor's main entrance and continues with the work of Auguste Rodin, Andy Goldsworthy, and more.

Our docent led tour lasts about an hour and half. After tour, we can eat at museum’s Cool Café or your own brown bag lunch. There are picnic tables near Cool Café. After lunch, we shall visit Cantor Arts Center and Anderson Collection nearby. The Cantor Arts Center's diverse collections span continents, cultures, and 5,000 years of art history and include one of the largest presentations of Rodin bronzes outside Paris. Come see a wide range of changing exhibitions. Admission is also free.

For additional information, please visit: http://museum.stanford.edu/

Please RSVP by Thursday, 27 Aug at 12 noon. A detailed email will be sent to everyone who RSVPed on or about 28 June 2015.

[sbQA] Castro Street Walking Tour

WHEN: Sunday, 20 Sept 2015 from 2 to 4 pm

WHERE: Castro Street, San Francisco

LIMIT: 20 people

COST: $5, normally $15

RSVP: https://goo.gl/ZUk6qb by 16 Sept 2015

Ron M. has generously arranged a Castro Street Walking tour exclusively for sbQA with City Guides: San Francisco City Guides: Castro: Tales Of The Village Tour. Ron M. is a volunteer at City Guides.

We shall begin at the giant rainbow flag on the corner of Market and Castro for a 2-hour walking tour of Castro Street. Explore a neighborhood you thought you knew. What was once dairy farms and dirt roads is now one of the city's most vibrant and cohesive communities. Stairs and steep hills.

After tour, we will walk around Castro Street and have an early dinner.

Parking maybe difficult near Castro Street. Carpool and/or public transportation is strongly encouraged.

[sbQA] Angle Island Hike

WHEN: Saturday, 26 September 2015

TIME: 11am to 6pm

WHERE: Angle Island

COST: Round Trip Ticket by Ferry - $18.00 (Collect at pier. You are encouraged to purchase tickets online as it gets crowded in Ferry Building on Saturday)

RSVP: RSVP via https://goo.gl/cwMrhU and questions to jmok@ rocketmail. com (Melvon) or new_ch_friend@ yahoo. com (Albert).

Enjoy San Francisco breeze by taking short ferry ride across San Francisco Bay to Angel Island. Please sign up early.

Meet in front of the Peet's Coffee inside Ferry Building at 11 am. Return: 6 pm (Public Parking Garage nearby).

We'll be riding on the Blue and Gold Fleets
Depart Ferry Building at 11:20 am. 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 Ferry Building at 6 p.m

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] Annual Thanksgiving potluck @ Billy De Frank Center

WHEN: Saturday, 21 Nov 2015

TIME: TBA

WHERE: Billy De Frank Center

LIMIT: TBA

RSVP: TBA

Detail information will be out soon.

Please save the date!

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.