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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

Principals vs. Reality

JULY28 2015
  • Time: 7PM-8:30PM
  • Location: Billy DeFrank Center, 938 The Alameda, San Jose
  • Facilitator: Shishir T.

In the dating world, can there be a contradiction between principles and reality? While some dating sites screen out offensive ads, others allow ads that can be very rude and offensive.

Should there be some sort of dating etiquette? Or should people be free to express what they really think and feel?

Do values and principles matter when you date?

Come and share your thoughts and experiences.

(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] Annual Picnic at Cuesta Park in Mountain View

WHEN: Saturday, 18 July 2015

TIME: 11 am - 2 pm (please arrive promptly with food; eating begins @12 noon)

WHERE: Group BBQ Area, Cuesta Park, 615 Cuesta Drive, Mountain View, CA https://goo.gl/DXJjwr

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

CAPACITY: 100 people

RSVP: https://goo.gl/GfP78Y

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, large grass lawns to setup a volleyball game or ultimate frisbee. 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

We need a grill master and an assistant grill master. Please let me know if you can help us. Thank you.

[sbQA] San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour

WHEN: Sunday, 2 Aug 2015 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

WHERE: Portsmouth Square, 733 Kearny Street, San Francisco

COST: Free

For Lunch:

WHEN: Sunday, 2 Aug 2015 at 12:30 pm - 2 pm

WHERE: Great Eastern Restaurant, 649 Jackson Street, San Francisco

COST: Dim Sum is approximately $20-25/person without drinks, cash only

LIMIT: 30

RSVP: https://goo.gl/zyLJRM by 30 July 2015

Ron M. has generously agreed to lead another Chinatown Walking tour exclusively for sbQA. Ron M. is a volunteer at City Guides. We will get an “inside view” of Chinatown.:-)

We shall begin at Portsmouth Square for a free 2-hour walking tour of Chinatown. We will visit back alleys, a Chinese temple, a fortune cookie factory, and more. If we have any energy left, we may stop by the Li Po Lounge, a self-proclaimed Chinatown dive bar, made famous by their Chinese Mai Tai cocktail which was featured by Anthony Bourdain on the Travel Channel.

After tour, we will have dim sum at Great Eastern Restaurant: http://www.yelp.com/biz/great-eastern-restaurant-san-francisco. Dining group will pay for Ron M.’s share.

Parking maybe difficult in Chinatown. Portsmouth Square has paid underground parking. Carpool and/or public transportation is strongly encouraged.

[sbQA] Camping Trip @ Big Basin

WHEN: Friday, August 21st to Sunday, August 23rd

WHERE: Big Basin State Park. Website: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=540

LIMIT: 50 people

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

RSVP: http://www.jotform.us/form/41695357448164

The ever-popular sbQA camping trip is now open for reservations! On the weekend of August 21-23, the hot guys of sbQA will be roughing it at Big Basin State Park in the Santa Cruz mountains. It has great hiking trails, from easy to challenging. Besides the fantastic 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. And yes, there are flush toilets at the campsite and hot showers nearby.

Cancellation Policy: RSVP by August 9th, no refunds after that date, though reservation can be applied to someone else.

[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.