The Gay Asian Pacific Alliance, better known as GAPA, is a 501c(4) non-profit social welfare organization. For 30 years, we have been a vanguard for the LGBTQ  Asian and Pacific Islander community in the San Francisco Bay Area. We engage in direct social, cultural and political advocacy and are committed to further its interests and well-being.
The Gay Asian Pacific Alliance, better known as GAPA, is a 501c(4) non-profit social welfare organization. For 30 years, we have been a vanguard for the LGBTQ+ Asian and Pacific Islander community in the San Francisco Bay Area. We engage in direct social, cultural and political advocacy and are committed to further its interests and well-being.

Why GAPA?

In July 1987, several members of an Asian gay men’s support group in Berkeley, California met to discuss their struggles of being queer and Asian / Pacific Islander. Faced with the growing AIDS crisis, intolerance in their families and ethnic communities, and rampant discrimination within the gay community itself, the group decided that an organization was needed to represent, nurture and celebrate their identities; to foster positive role models for those who were just coming out; and to fight back. In January 1988, GAPA was formally organized in San Francisco. Among many accomplishments, GAPA:

  • Formed a support group for HIV+ men that has now evolved to become the San Francisco Community Health Center.
  • Organized GAPA Men’s Chorus, active since 1989, building community through song and performance
  • GAPA Runway, a premier celebration and showcase of API drag culture
  • GAPA Theater, a venue to tell our stories
  • 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.
  • An in 2018, GAPA PAC was re-established to support LGBTQ candidates

Our Mission

GAPA’s purpose is to further the interests of the LGBTQ+ API community in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. We are an all-volunteer, grassroots organization dedicated to providing a safe space and inspiring others to celebrate our families and become advocates for LGBTQ APIs everywhere.

GAPA has a 30-year legacy of social, cultural and political advocacy and community building. It has been a fierce fighter for equality. And its story continues.

Board of Directors

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
Political Director
Alan Quismorio
Alan Quismorio
Social Director
Dylan Liang
Dylan Liang
Marketing Director
Le Nam Pham
Le Nam Pham
Cultural Chair
Tony King
Tony King
Board Member
Dennis Xiong
Dennis Xiong
Board Member

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Thank you for your support

Checks can be made payable to “GAPA” or “Gay Asian Pacific Alliance”
and mailed to P.O. Box 880672, San Francisco, CA 94188.
As a 501c(4) organization, please note that donations to GAPA are not tax deductible.