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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 Immigrant Experience

APRIL22 2014
  • Time: 7PM-8:30PM
  • Location: Billy DeFrank Center, 938 The Alameda, San Jose
  • Facilitator: Shishir T.

Many of us in SBQA grew up outside the US. Lets talk about our experience as immigrants from another nation. Was it an opportunity or a challenge? Was it difficult to learn the local cultural cues or just something you took in stride? Was it hard to leave family behind or did it offer more freedom?

Come and share your thoughts and feelings.

(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] Biking in Monterey Bay Coastal Bike Trail

WHEN: Sunday, April 6th, 2014, 11 am to 3 pm

WHERE: Monterey Bay Coastal Bike Trail

RSVP: vince_@ yahoo.com, by April 1st

CAPACITY: 20 people

Winding along the Pacific Coast, the Monterey Bay Coastal Bike Trail offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. It's a great way to enjoy the Monterey Wharf area, view sea-life and take in the beautiful outdoors.

We will depart from Monterey boat launching parking lot (next to bike rental shop) and do a relaxed ride along the coast for about one hour, then stop for a picnic lunch (which you will bring). After lunch, the ride will continue for about one more hour.

EVERYONE SHOULD FEEL WELCOME TO JOIN THIS EVENT BECAUSE THE RIDE WILL BE A RELAXED, MODEST PACE. Those who want to get a cardio workout will be able to ride ahead of the group at any speed they like.

Please RSVP to vince_@ yahoo.com by April 1st. Up to twenty bikes can be accommodated. Bring your bike, lunch, water and a light jacket. If you don't have a bike, you can rent one at the starting point at about $27 for 4 hours (Just advise us you need a bike.)

[sbQA] Train Ride and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in Felton, Santa Cruz County

WHEN: Saturday, 26 April 2014 from noon to 5:15 pm

WHERE: Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton, Santa Cruz County

RSVP: http://goo.gl/6wQ4ML, then mail a check to Edward Tang, P.O. Box 6961, San Carlos, CA 94070

COST PER PERSON: $22 for train ride, $8.50 for catered lunch and $4 prepaid parking fee per car for the first 10 cars. Then $8 per car paid at entrance.

CAPACITY: 99

Spring is almost here. Weather should be beautiful at end of April.

Spend a wonderful Saturday afternoon with your fellow sbQA members.

  • 12 noon Arrive at Roaring Camp Railroads: http://roaringcamp.com/
  • 12:30 pm Enjoy your catered lunch at Roaring Camp, a ΒΌ lb. or veggie burger with chips and drink
  • 1-2 pm Enjoy Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park next door: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=546
  • 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.

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.