This being our first year marching independently, QAPA was psyched about our presence in the Pride parade. In our usual frugal tradition, the first thing we did was head to the dollar store to pick up decorations that we could piece meal together. You may laugh, but the last time we did this, we actually won second place with our adaptation of that year’s green theme with a carbon neutral presence AND we made it to the front page of Bay Windows, no joke! We made the same streamers that looked so good unfurled in the wind that past year, and we solicited for volunteers to help us make candy/business card hand outs for the crowd.
Also, we did some custom stuff. We got our new logo printed out on a big banner which we planned to carry at the head of our marching section, and we made QAPA t-shirts for our contingent to show our unity.
All in all, a very productive pride planning party with food and friends.
Our fundraising BBQ for Pride was a success and we ended up making back about 75% of our Pride costs. Thanks to everyone who attended, and a special thanks to those who donated money in addition to their ticket cost. I (Mimi) would also like to express my appreciation for everyone on the QAPA steering committee for essentially donation food/dish ware/etc, allowing QAPA to keep most of the proceeds raised by ticket sales and cash contributions.
Big shout out to our man, Max the grill master, and chief contributor of all things meat.
We got to meet a few new people, even some out of towners, and most importantly, we got to spend time with our members. Looking forward to the next event — hopefully it’ll be a little warmer!
This is long over due…but we wanted to express our BIG thanks for Tao Kai, who has been a staunch QAPA supporter throughout the years, for hosting our March QAPA Connect event, Porridge Potluck!
We had about 15 people attend, and our selection ranged from thousand year old eggs, to pickled cabbages, to eclairs, and much more! As folks know, we’re a volunteer driven organization so finding space for events is always a challenge. The event could not have happened without Tao Kai’s generosity and to all of our members who came out, supported QAPA, and had a feast while we’re at it!
Did you know that 1 in 4 LGBTQ people will be abused by a partner?
For this month’s QAPA Speak Out! event we will hear from Chai Jindasurat from the Network/La Red (TNLR), and Qingjian Shi and Dahvy Tran from the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK), about partner abuse in LGBTQ communities. We will discuss the definition of abuse, myths and facts about LGBTQ domestic violence, root causes, resources and ways to support survivors. Domestic violence is a community issue, we are all responsible for ending partner abuse.
The event will take place on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 from 6-8PM at MAP for Health, 322 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02116.
What a fun Lunar New Year dinner! We had our own private section upstairs at Chau Chow City, and had just enough room for all 20+ attendees! Thank you to those who joined us – it was so great to see our veteran members mingle with the newbies. The food was good, the sake was warm and delicious, and the conversation lively.
There’ll be plenty more opportunities to have QAPA fun, so keep an eye out on the listserv and Facebook for notifications. Next up is QAPA Speaks Out! this Thursday at Andala Cafe at 6:00 p.m. This month’s topic: dating and relationships (sure to be a juicy discussion!) Please rsvp here: http://discussrelationships.eventbrite.com/ or under Events on our Facebook page.
See you at the next event!
This year we switched up the annual Christmas party in favor for some sporting fun — that is, if you consider bowling a sport. The pizza at Flatbread was surprisingly delicious (all organic ingredients help) and the bowling was a blast!
We had good bowlers, dancing bowlers, three-balls-at-a-time bowlers, and even hand-standing bowlers.
Several new people came out and we hope to see them again!
If you missed our bowling event, you can always come to our Chinese New Year party on Saturday, January 22, 2010, 7-9pm (you’ll receive an invite via the QAPA listserv).
A quick thank you to all who attended the Dim Sum get together, hosted by QAPA’s Chih Wei!
Thank you to everyone who came to our BBQ yesterday. The weather was just right for a little outdoor get together. We met several newcomers whom we hope to see again in future events. We had a great day of food, drink, and fine company.
In other news, we have some exciting initiatives in the works, spurred on by our recent steering committee additions. You’ll be hearing more about what’s brewing, as well as meeting the new members directly. Just stand by!
Hello Scantily Clad Summer People!
Summer is quickly drawing to a close, and we’d like to top it off with a backyard BBQ. Everyone is welcome, especially newcomers to QAPA. You don’t have to bring anything, but we do request at minimum a $5 donation to cover the cost of food. All the details can be found on the Yahoo Group listserv. For the sake of privacy, please find the Evite in your Yahoo Groups email and RSVP — we don’t like to post the location of our events on the website if they are at someone’s house.
The BBQ is at Mimi and Diana’s place in Porter Square at 1pm this Saturday (Aug 21). Both meat and vegetarian (but not vegan, sorry!) BBQ fare will be served. See you there!
It was the perfect day for a picnic in the Commons. It started off at a cool 70 degrees and brightened up to around 75. We laid out a blanket and enjoyed some sandwiches, snacks, and even grabbed a game of Scrabble. It was nice to catch up with friends after such a long reprieve. We are planning to step up our game and hold more events. If you have the time and desire to organize an event, please let us know! Here’s a shot from the day.