Happy Lunar New Year of the Fire Rooster!

Celebrate the new year with us at APIQWTC’s 30th banquet!


The banquet will be hosted at Mission Rehearsal event space also known as “Sons of Italy” and “5051 Mission” in the Excelsior District of San Francisco.

Event offerings include:

– Buffet Dinner!
– Silent Auction!
– Live Community Performances!
– Announcement of Student Scholarships!
– Recognition of Banquet Beneficiary to the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action (ASATA)!
– Presentation of the Phoenix Award!
– Raffle Prize Drawings!
– Speed Dating!
– After Party!

For general Banquet info, email .

APIQWTC is an all-volunteer grassroots group. Proceeds from this fundraiser directly supports more student scholarships and more community events!

This event is: ADA accessible, scent-free, vegetarian friendly.

  • When & Where
  • Ticket Info
  • Phoenix Award Honorees
  • Community Beneficiary
  • Scholarship & Awardees
  • Performance Lineup
  • Donate Products & Services
  • Place An Ad / Placement on Pets Page
  • Sign Up to Volunteer
  • After Party

The APIQWTC Year of the Rooster Lunar New Year Banquet will be on:

Date: 4/22/2017

Time: 5pm to 12am

Location: Mission Rehearsal AKA “5051 Mission” and “Sons of Italy” Event Hall

5051 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94112 [map]
(1 block away from the intersection of Mission/Geneva)

Public Transit Options:

Via BART from Balboa Park Station:
15 min walk to venue
5 min bus ride (8, 28R, 43, 54) to the intersection of Mission/Geneva

Via Muni:
14 Mission Lines stops in front of venue
8, 43, 54 Lines stop 1-1/2 blocks from venue

From the freeway:
Take the Geneva/Ocean Exit from 280.

Shuttle Options
If you need a non-ADA accessible car pickup from Balboa BART station between 4:30-5:30 pm, contact Caresse at by 4/21 at 5pm.

This event is:

  • ADA accessible
  • Scent-free**
  • Vegetarian, gluten-free friendly

(Trans and youth are encouraged to attend.)

**See this site for description and guidelines for being scent-free: http://goo.gl/ZyDsHa

Ticket Info

We have several sponsorship levels.

Be a PLATINUM Level Sponsor! PLATINUM Level Sponsors will be recognized for your generous support in the banquet program under the “Thank You Sponsors” section. Of course, if you choose to be an anonymous sponsor, we will gladly honor your wish.

Purchase tickets here:

To pay by check, print and mail this form: https://goo.gl/td6mln

Level Dollar Amount
Early Bird (3/1 to 3/20) $50
General (3/21 to 4/22) $55
PLATINUM Level Sponsor $100 (Includes VIP Parking & Recognition in The Program)
Rooster Table (Table for 10) $60 per person (10 tickets required for $600 total)
Students / Seniors 65+ $30 (Please present ID at the door)
Children (3-13 yrs old) $20  (Younger than 3 years old – FREE)
*Donation-Based* Speed Dating $5.00 Recommended Donation (Limited to 50 Participants)

Contact if would like to attend the banquet and are experiencing financial hardship.

No refunds after 4/15/2017.

Questions regarding tickets? Email Mika at

Phoenix Award Honorees

Congratulations to the founding editors of Phoenix Rising — Lori Lai, May Lee, Susan Lee, Pam Nishikawa, Gisele Pohan, Marie Shim, Doreena Wong, and Zee Wong — our 2017 Phoenix Award Honorees!

In winter 1984, a handful of women gathered to establish a newsletter to claim a flourishing space for Asian/Pacific lesbian community. They were part of a group called Asian/Pacific Sisters founded just a few years earlier, perhaps the first and certainly the largest grassroots organization of its kind at the intersection of lesbian and Asian. The newsletter titled Phoenix Rising aimed to connect, support, and build the Asian/Pacific queer women’s community in the San Francisco Bay Area, long before the advent of social media. In its early years, the publication served as a significant platform for queer A/PI voices. Dykes, lesbians, and queers forged identities, sought out partners, and developed livelihoods in articles that shared both personal experiences and political philosophies. While conventional history cites strict families, immigrant values, and feminine submission as preventing Asian lesbians from coming out and demanding visibility, Phoenix Rising defied these stereotypes and boldly asserted that in fact A/PI queer women’s lives matter. Editors of Phoenix Rising, proudly posted their real names, declared themselves as feminists, and supported Asian Women’s Study/Support groups during an age when homophobia, anti-Asian animosity, and misogyny existed acceptably in media, government, and policy. More than 44 issues that ran across a decade gave voice to queer Asian women and broke down barriers in both ordinary and extraordinary ways. The 2017 Phoenix Award honors the founding editors of Phoenix Rising – Lori Lai, May Lee, Susan Lee, Pam Nishikawa, Gisele Pohan, Marie Shim, Doreena Wong, and Zee Wong.

APIQWTC Phoenix Award

The Phoenix Award honors API queer women and transgender individuals who have made outstanding contributions of historical significance to the Asian Pacific Islander queer women and transgender community. The Phoenix symbolizes virtue, grace, integrity, and peace. The mythical bird additionally signifies divine beauty in its symbolic incorporation of opposing forces – yin and yang, male and female, conflict and happiness – to create harmony and balance. Awardees embody the qualities of the Phoenix, in their power and commitment to inspire faith and incite action towards justice.

Community Beneficiary

ASATA is our 2017 banquet’s community beneficiary!

About ASATA – http://www.asata.org/
ASATA, the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action, is a San Francisco Bay Area all-volunteer group working to educate, organize, and empower the Bay Area South Asian communities to end violence, oppression, racism and exploitation within and against our diverse communities.

APIQWTC Scholarship


SPECIAL THANKS to all supporters of the Silent Auction and Raffle and other APIQWTC-sponsored events, all of which support the scholarship program.

Donate to the scholarship fund at the Banquet!

A portion of Banquet proceeds goes to the APIQWTC Scholarship fund to support queer API women and transgender people in their pursuit of technical/professional training or higher education. The scholarship aims to recognize active community members and encourage future leaders. The scholarship fund is strictly segregated from the APIQWTC general operating fund. For more info, contact Junior Claros at .

Performance Lineup


Kat Evasco

Kat Evasco is writer, stand up comedian, and performance artist living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Evasco is best known for her touring autobiographical one-woman show, Mommy Queerest, co-written and directed by John Caldon. Evasco currently serves as the Chief Dream Director at The Future Project and as the Artistic Director of Guerrilla Rep. Evasco is a recipient of the Creative Capacity Fund Quick Grant, NextGen Art Professional Development Grant, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation Grant. She holds a BA in Asian American Studies from San Francisco State University.


Yiann is a college student who is about to graduate in May and start adulting. On a good day, they might check in with a friend, watch "Avatar: the Legend of Korra", go on a walk, meal prep, go to class... and sing and play guitar hella loud to emote their feelings. Some days, they emote their feelings into a mic.


Tai is a life long artist and Bay Area native. She loves sharing her vocal energy to aid in various charitable events. She has be seen performing on stage as both drag king and faux queen. Freedom of self-expression and connecting with community keeps her coming back for more!

Marika Buchholz and Momo Hoshi

Marika Buchholz and Momo Hoshi are both students at Stanford University. They are both involved in many Asian American student organizations and music groups on campus, such as Stanford Wind Symphony, Stanford Wind Quintet, Queer & Asian, and Stanford Asian American Activism Committee. The two of them also led a service trip over Thanksgiving Break of 2016, visiting various Japanese American organizations in the Bay Area. They are excited to become more involved in the greater Bay Area queer API community!

Amber Field

Amber Field is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, teacher and performer featured in San Francisco Magazine's Best of the Bay for yoga music. She has performed and taught at Esalen, Wanderlust, UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley, and the San Francisco International Arts Festival. Amber delights in helping people free their voices, drums, and creativity in private and group sessions. Upcoming series begin next week in SF and Berkeley. www.amberfieldmusic.com

Xanh Tran

Xanh Tran is a second generation Vietnamese American genderqueer born and raised in San Jose, CA. They are a photographer, DJ, and story teller.

Donate Products or Services as Prizes

Support our Banquet Silent Auction! This is a fun part of the event and we thank our community donors for making it possible.

APIQWTC is a non-profit, volunteer-based Bay Area group for nearly 600 Asian and Pacific Islander LGBT individuals, and the banquet attracts over 200 attendees each year from throughout the wider Bay Area.

In past years, our banquet SILENT AUCTION and RAFFLE have raised funds for scholarships and organizations dedicated to social justice causes. This year’s proceeds will support This year’s beneficiary is ASATA, the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action (http://www.asata.org/), a San Francisco Bay Area all-volunteer group working to educate, organize, and empower the Bay Area South Asian communities to end violence, oppression, racism and exploitation within and against our diverse communities. We enthusiastically invite you to contribute your talents, skills, and resources to our auction and raffle!!

What can I donate, you ask?

  • and MORE!!

Donations are tax deductible.

If you have a potential auction/raffle item or know of any individuals or businesses that might be willing to donate items, and if you are interesting in helping out with the auction, please contact: Tracy at .

Thank you for your support!

With Gratitude,
APIQWTC Banquet 2017 Silent Auction & Raffle Committee

Place an Ad in Our Program? Feature Your Pet(s) on the APIQWTC Pets Page?

Another way to support APIQWTC is to place an ad in our banquet program. While reaching out to APIQWTC banquet guests, a portion of your ad proceeds will be donated to the APIQWTC scholarship or help to pay for the banquet.

More information (including cost) is included in the registration forms below.

  • For more information, please contact Mary at .
  • Art work and check must be RECEIVED by FRIDAY, MARCH 31st, 2017

**Checks must be RECEIVED (not postmarked, received) by FRIDAY, MARCH 31st in order for us to confirm ad placement and placement in the Pets Pages of the event program.  This is the printing deadline, no exceptions. Please see mailing address inside forms below.

Please click on links or images below to download your forms.

Program Ad Registration Form
Must be recieved by: 3/31/2017


Pet Ad Registration Form
Must be recieved by: 3/31/2017


After Party