GAPA is a 501c(4) non-profit social welfare organization. For 30 years, we have been a vanguard for the Asian and Pacific Islander LGBT community in the San Francisco Bay Area, engaging in social, cultural and political activities to educate and to advocate for its interests and well-being.
GAPA is a 501c(4) non-profit social welfare organization. For 30 years, we have been a vanguard for the Asian and Pacific Islander LGBT community in the San Francisco Bay Area, engaging in social, cultural and political activities to educate and to advocate for its interests and well-being.

About Us

Where We Came From

GAPA was formed from the need for an organization to address, through a democratic process, social, cultural, and political issues affecting gay and bisexual APIs. In July 1987, several members from the Asian Gay Men’s Support Group at Berkeley’s Pacific Center met and discussed the need to integrate and nurture a growing gay and bisexual API identity and to foster positive role models within the community. GAPA was formally organized in January 1988. Among many accomplishments, GAPA planted the seed to what would become the Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center. Cultural outlets endure including the GAPA Men’s Chorus and GAPA Runway, now managed by GAPA Foundation, a non-profit offshoot dedicated to exploring critical issues that affect our community and supporting innovative programs and individuals seeking solutions to those issues.

Our Mission

To be a voice for the LGBT API communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

Provide resources and visibility.
Establish a network with local, national, and international groups that share our concerns and vision.
Encourage LGBT API leaders to participate and engage in civic and political discourse.
Educate and counter stereotypes and homophobia within and outside our communities.

What We Do

Political Advocacy

To ensure that our leaders are accountable and our community is safe

Cultural Heritage

To showcase our talents, our stories and the diversity of our API communities

Social Activities and Fundraising

To celebrate and to ensure organizational sustainability

Meet the Board

Michael T. Nguyen
Michael T. Nguyen
Chairman
Thai Lee
Thai Lee
Vice Chairman
Marcus W. Wang
Marcus W. Wang
Secretary
Oliver Cácananta
Oliver Cácananta
Treasurer
John Nguyen
John Nguyen
General Counsel
Oliver Truong
Oliver Truong
Chair, Political
Alan Quismorio
Alan Quismorio
Chair, Social
Darius Chia
Darius Chia
Chair, Development
Dylan Liang
Dylan Liang
Chair, Marketing
Dino Duazo
Dino Duazo
Chair, Cultural
Michael Chen
Michael Chen
Board Member

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As a 501c(4) organization, please note that donations are not tax deductible.