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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

In the Wake of Orlando's Deadliest Mass Shooting

June14 2016
  • Time: 7PM-8:30PM
  • Location: Billy DeFrank Center, 938 The Alameda, San Jose
  • Facilitator: Cliff H.

Sorry about this late post. I kind of lost track of the rap session schedule. On the other hand the timing might give us an opportunity to talk about the tragic event that happened in a gay club last Sunday in Orlando and claimed 49 innocent lives and wounded 53 of many are critically injured. It was reported that the gunman, an American born, pledged loyalty to ISIS at a 911 call following the shooting. But the fact he was shooting in a gay night club it was both an home grown terrorist act and a horrible anti-gay hate crime. June is commonly the gay pride month in most big cities. On that Sunday the LAPD also arrested a man with weapons and explosives who was headed to the city's gay pride parade.

Almost a year after this country has legalized gay marriage we now often are impressed with all the advancement of the gay rights and yet neglect that many anti-gay crimes are still being committed throughout the country. Have we just assumed we are all safe from the equal rights bestowed upon us and throw caution to the wind? Inevitably there will be a heightened sense of worry or fear from the gay community and their families and friends especially when a large gay event take place.

Let's chat over this topic and share our feelings and possibly from your own 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] sbQA Pool Potluck Party in Santa Clara

WHEN: Saturday, June 18th noon to 6pm

WHERE: Santa Clara

RSVP: RSVP to robaustria202 @ yahoo.com with your: (a) Name/s, (b) phone number, (c) number of people in your party, and (d) what dish to share

Please join us for a potluck pool party in Santa Clara. There is a heated pool, pool toys and spa in a private backyard with shady and sunny areas. Though not required, feel free to bare it all in and around the pool and spa. Take it from us, swimming naked feels great!

sbQA will provide plates, cups, utensils, napkins and large ice/ice chest.

What to bring:

  1. It is a lunch potluck so everyone is encouraged to bring a dish to share. There will be gas barbecue grill for your meat, buns and/or other grilling items. Please indicate in your RSVP what dish you plan to bring.
  2. Bring your own beverages. Responsible alcohol use is OK, but no glass bottles outside the kitchen (common rule in any pool parties). You may want to bring your own small ice chest for your beverages.
  3. Bring a towel if you will be getting wet and perhaps a mat, blanket or beach chair to sit on. There are limited seating areas.
  4. A bag of some sort to store your valuables and clothing. Do not leave your stuff in the house.
  5. Donation of $2 - $5 to cover the supplies and cleaning.

RSVP to robaustria202 @ yahoo.com with your: (a) Name/s, (b) phone number, (c) number of people in your party, and (d) what dish to share

Address will be provided in the confirmation.

Hope to see you there!

[sbQA] sbQA Annual Picnic Potluck in Campbell – Edith Morley Park

WHEN: Saturday, July 16th 10:30am to 6pm

RSVP: No RSVP required

WHERE: Campbell – Edith Morley Park

Detail to be out soon! Mark your calendar!

[sbQA] sbQA Camping at Portola Redwoods

WHEN: Friday to Sunday, Aug 5th - 7th

RSVP: RSVP required

WHERE: Portola Redwoods

Detail to be out soon! Mark your calendar!

[sbQA] sbQA – EBN joint Potluck Pool Party in San Jose

WHEN: Saturday, Aug 27th noon to 5pm

RSVP: RSVP required

WHERE: San Jose

Detail to be out soon! Mark your calendar!

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.