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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

Of fruits and vegetables!

APR14 2015
  • Time: 7PM-8:30PM
  • Location: Billy DeFrank Center, 938 The Alameda, San Jose
  • Facilitator: Brandon E.

As Spring arrives In the Bay area, we are fortunate that most farmers' markets provide a large variety of local, as well as international produce for our selections. Do you have a favorite fruit/vegetable that you like over the others?

What captures your attention? The shiny, long, stiff, girthy cucumber, or you prefer the sweet, softer banana?

Living here in the Bay area, what kind of men gets your gears going, and why? Can you recall how you developed your preferences? Are racial stereotypes true? Have you been rejected by your love interest because of your ethnicity?

Come join us in this coming Tuesday rap session, and share your thoughts!

(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 Hike - Uvas Canyon Park in Morgan Hill

WHEN: Saturday, 25 April 2015 at 10:30am

WHERE: Uvas Canyon Park in Morgan Hill, about 35 minutes scenic drive from San Jose

RSVP: by April 23, 2015 with Keith at vince_n99 @ yahoo.com

If you are looking for a nature waterfall hike that is not too tough, this is a hike for you!

There are five water falls along the Waterfall Loop Trail to see plus identified flora that includes primitive plants such as ferns and mosses. You will also see birds, amphibians, reptiles and even "mats" of Ladybugs. Its a beautiful time of the year for hiking as everything is still green and temperatures will be very comfortable. This is an easy to modest hike.

Car parking is $6. If you can carpool it will save you money. Bring your own picnic lunch and beverages. The hike should conclude at about 2:30 pm.

[sbQA] Filoli Mansion & Garden Tour

WHEN: Saturday, 16 May 2015

TIME: 10:15 am to 12 pm

WHERE: Filoli in Woodside

LIMIT: 24 people

COST: $20/person ($5 to sbQA for support and outreach efforts for the queer Asian and Pacific Islander communities)

RSVP: http://goo.gl/5WLlZf, then mail a check to Edward Tang, P.O. Box 6961, San Carlos, CA 94070

Hi everyone:

We did this seven years ago also in May. We had a great turn out with a long waitlist. Please RSVP early to avoid disappointment this time.

Filoli, as many of you may remember the TV evening soap, Dynasty. It was filmed there initially. It is a grand estate with a beautiful garden. Spring is the prettiest time at Filoli.

The docent led tour lasts about 90 minutes. Last time, one of the docent was a family; a friend of Dorothy.:-) After docent led tour, we can eat at Filoli’s café or your own brown bag lunch. After lunch, we shall go back and take more pictures in the garden for your portfolio.

If you are a member of Filoli or National Trust, entrance fee is free.

For additional information, please visit: http://www.filoli.org.

Please RSVP by Monday, 11 May at 12 noon. A detailed email will be sent to everyone who RSVPed on or about 13 May 2015.

Thank you.

[sbQA] Roaring Camp Railroads & Henry Cowell Redwood State Park

WHEN: Saturday, 23 May 2015 from noon to 5:15 pm

WHERE: Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton, Santa Cruz County and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park next door: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=546

LIMIT: 50

RSVP: by 15 May at noon http://goo.gl/IeEBNb, then mail a check to Edward Tang, P.O. Box 6961, San Carlos, CA 94070.

COST: $30 per person for train ride. ($7 to sbQA for support and outreach efforts for the queer Asian and Pacific Islander communities.) $8 parking fee per car paid at entrance.

Join sbQA for a very special weekend in the Santa Cruz Mountains and Beach Board Walk.

Our full day of fun in the sun will start at Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton, CA. Over the Memorial weekend, Roaring Camp Railroads will have Civil War reenactment throughout the day. After lunch, we shall explore Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park next door. At 2:15 pm, we will board the train for a scenic ride to the Beach Board Walk in Downtown Santa Cruz. Once there, we can enjoy the carnival rides at the boardwalk or just enjoy seeing the surfers and guys playing volleyball on the beach. At the end of the afternoon, our train will return us to Roaring Camp.

12 noon Arrive at Roaring Camp Railroads: http://roaringcamp.com/
2:15 pm Train ride to Boardwalk in Santa Cruz through the redwoods
3:15 pm Arrive Boardwalk in Santa Cruz and enjoy the beach and scenery
4:15 pm Depart from Boardwalk
5:15 pm Arrive back at Roaring Camp

Optional dinner in Felton/Santa Cruz area.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Thank you.

[sbQA] Stanford Cantor Arts Center, Outdoor Sculpture Around the Museum

WHEN: Saturday, 20 June 2015

TIME: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

WHERE: Stanford University, CA

LIMIT: TBA

RSVP: TBA

Detail information will be out soon.

Please save the date!

[sbQA] Annual Picnic at Cuesta Park in Mountain View

WHEN: Saturday, 18 July 2015

TIME: 11:00 am to 2:30 pm

WHERE: Cuesta Park in Mountain View

LIMIT: TBA

RSVP: TBA

Detail information will be out soon.

Please save the date!

[sbQA] Camping Trip @ Big Basin

WHEN: Friday, 8/21 to Sunday, 8/23

WHERE: Big Basin State Park, Sequoia Group Site

LIMIT: 50 people

RSVP: TBA

We will send out another notice with detail when we start taking reservations in June.

Please save the date!

[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.