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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

Cyber Space Replacing Real Life?

MAY26 2015
  • Time: 7PM-8:30PM
  • Location: Billy DeFrank Center, 938 The Alameda, San Jose
  • Facilitator: Shishir T.

With so many options to access gay-related sites through various devices these days, are people simply spending all their time online and not connecting with each other as much in person?

Or can the internet help people who might otherwise never get to know each other meet and interact with each other in person?

Let's talk more and see whether easy access to the internet is a boon or a bane...!

(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] 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 Walking Tour

WHEN: Saturday, 20 June 2015

TIME: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

WHERE: Stanford Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, CA

LIMIT: 20

COST: FREE

RSVP: https://goo.gl/hQIlV8

This is a totally free event and close to most of us on Stanford campus!

Thanks to Leo and Ron who introduced this wonderful Outdoor Sculpture Around the Museum walking tour to us several 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. 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. 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 Monday, 15 June at 12 noon. A detailed email will be sent to everyone who RSVPed on or about 17 June 2015.

Thank you.

[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.