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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

Holiday Blues

DEC12 2017
  • Time: 7PM-8:30PM
  • Location: Billy DeFrank Center, 938 The Alameda, San Jose
  • Facilitator: Cliff H.

Let's admit. Even though signs of cheerful holiday symbols at storefronts, on TV screens, magazines and holiday music fill our senses not everyone feels particularly joyful when the Christmas and New Year's holiday season arrives. Mundane stress and headaches as end-of-year work deadlines, shopping for gifts, arranging trips, dealing with family members or relatives you don't like ...etc are common for many people. What is tougher to bear is when you are dealing with loss, loneliness, breakups and other emotional issues when you are constantly reminded with other people's seemingly perfect holiday mood.

We will chat about holiday blues in our next rap session. Did you ever experience it before or are you going through it right now for whatever reasons? Are there more reasons to be blue for gay people? Bringing your new partner to face the close and/or distant family and relatives can be challenging, for example. It's even worse if you are not really welcome to go home at all. This is just one of the scenarios.. By haring our experiences let's also find out how we can cope and beat the holiday blues.

(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 Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Potluck

WHEN: Sunday, November 19, 2017, 5 P.M. to 9 P.M.

WHERE: De Frank Center, Grand Ballroom 938 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126

COST: FREE - Just bring your dish that can feed 4 or more

CAPACITY: 120

RSVP: At http://bit.ly/2zw1ZGn

Come join our sbQA extended family members and friends as we gather to celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. sbQA Thanksgiving potluck is one of our largest and most festive parties of the year. Enjoy good food and drinks, see old friends, and make new ones. Bring your own non-alcoholic beverage to share. DeFrank Center has a strict “no-alcohol” policy.

Please check-in by 5:00 pm. Dinner commences at 5:45pm. Please RSVP with the link above.

We need volunteers this year to bring two cooked turkeys. If you can bake one, please kindly let us know in advance. We’ll greatly appreciate it and we will also reimburse you. Email or call Robert Austria.

Parking lot may accommodate up to 30 cars. Side streets across from the Center have parking with permit-only restriction. Residential streets on the Center's side require parking permits, i.e. no parking. There is a 2-hour limit for parking along The Alameda. Carpool or Rideshare is strongly encouraged.

Looking forward to seeing you all!

[sbQA] sbQA Silver Holiday Dinner Potluck

WHEN: Saturday, December 9, 2017 @ 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

WHERE: First United Methodist Church at 24 North 5th Street San Jose (corner Santa Clara St and Fifth St). Downtown San Jose (directly across the San Jose City Hall).

COST: FREE - Just bring your dish that can feed 4 or more

CAPACITY: 100 guests only. So RSVP as soon as possible

RSVP: At http://bit.ly/2AI39v1

We had a fabulous time at this very nice, modern and convenient venue last year. This is the church that has raised the rainbow flag last year to express their openness to our community.

To continue celebrating sbQA’s silver anniversary, we will have a festive silver holiday time together with the “holiday theme” dishes around the world along with something silver you are wearing. We’ll have selfies with your creative silver bow, silver belts/suspenders, silver shirts, silver pants, silver shoes, silver boots, silver hats or any silver speck on your outfit.

As for your potluck dish, please be creative and add a little more adventure in your choice of holiday dish you would like to bring. We’d love to share in your own family holiday traditions. We know KFC is big in Japan during holidays. Or traditional Peking duck from some of our Asian neighbors. Or, go with the healthier vegetarian version for some of us. It will be an Asian/Californian fusion cuisine. So, we welcome anything tasty. Please bring enough to feed 4 people for each potluck dish.

Sorry, no alcohol allowed so no need to spite your egg nog. Bring your favorite non-alcoholic beverage to share. After dinner, we will have a gift exchange for those who brought a gift (valued at $25 or more) to participate. No white elephant (recycled, gag) gifts, please.

Our very own DJ Mikey will be in the house to bring more holiday cheers with his sound and lights equipment.

If you would like to share some talent with an entertainment number, please let Robert A. know via email, text or messenger so we can work out some logistics to make it happen.

Finally, our event will not be successful without great volunteers. Please sign up to volunteer at this event when you RSVP.

See you there!

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.