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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

Should you stay friends with you ex?

OCT09 2018
  • Time: 7PM-8:30PM
  • Location: Billy DeFrank Center, 938 The Alameda, San Jose
  • Facilitator: Cliff H.

Very few gay guys are lucky enough to tie the knots with their first boy friends. Most of us had to kissed a few frogs before we met the true love of our lives. Consequently the question of whether we stay friends with an ex becomes a topic of debate among us. It can be a very polarizing discussion. In our next rap session let's share out opinions on this question. Have you tried and found it difficult to maintain true friendship with your ex? What are the potential downsides to staying as friends? On the other hand can it bring some positive gain for you? Then we can also hear what experts say are the worst reason to stay friends with an ex.

(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] Kayaking in Monterey Bay

WHAT: Kayaking in Monterey Bay

WHEN: August 5th, Sunday , 10 am - 3:30 pm

WHERE: Elkhorn Slough, 2370 Highway 1, Moss Landing, CA 95039

COST: 4 hours of rental - $30 for sharing a double kayak; $35 for single kayak

RSVP: Email Keith

The Elkhorn Slough is in inland waterway that looks and feels somewhat like a river. Although it is connected to the ocean it has calm waters and you will never be far from shore. The Elkhorn Slough is affected by the tides and winds but not the ocean swells. Because of its protected nature the slough is a refuge for wildlife including tons of otters, seals, sea lions and hundreds of species of birds.

No kayaking experience is required; Life jacket will be provided.

RSVP with Keith at, by Wednesday, August 1st.

If you want to reserve single/double kayak, please let him know in advance. At the completion of kayaking (around 1pm) we will have lunch at Lemon Grass Restaurant nearby. For those who would like to join a beach walk after lunch, we can meet up outside the restaurant.

[SBQA] Camping Trip at Big Basin August 24-26

WHEN: Friday, August 24th to Sunday, August 26th

WHERE: Big Basin State Park. Website:

CAPACITY: 50 people

COST: $70 per person (includes meals, water, tea, and coffee). Kids 0-5 yrs, free; 6-12 yrs, $35.


CANCELLATION POLICY: 15+ days = Full refund; 8-14 days = 50% refund; 7 days or less = no refund. You can transfer a reservation to someone else, but please let us know so we can properly register that person.

Hi Campers!

The ever-popular sbQA camping trip is now open for reservations! On the weekend of August 24-26, the hot guys of sbQA will be roughing it at Big Basin State Park in the Santa Cruz mountains.

It has great hiking trails, from easy to challenging. Besides the fantastic company, come for the awesome meals that sbQA camping trips are famous for. It's a great place to enjoy nature, get away from the hectic pace of city life, and for meeting new friends. And yes, there are flush toilets at the campsite and hot showers.

[SBQA] A Taste of Asian Food, Art and Culture: A joint sbQA-DeFrank Center-Chopsticks Alley Art Event

WHEN: Sunday, Sept 16th, 2018. 3 - 7 PM

WHERE: Art Object Gallery, 592 N. 5th Street San Jose CA

CAPACITY: 12-20 people

COST: Free for the Potluck. Art Workshop: $25 per participant

RSVP: Please visit and look for "A Taste of Asian Food, Art and Culture" or email

Join sbQA, Billy DeFrank Community Center and Chopsticks Alley Art for a joint free event on Sept 16th for "A Taste of Asian Food, Art and Culture" from 3pm to 7pm. It is an open house, potluck and art exhibit and workshop featuring Asian Art and entertainment performances from LGBT community at San Jose Japan town's Art Object Gallery, 592 N. 5th Street San Jose CA.

Included in this event is an hour art workshop for 12-20 people which costs about $25 per participant. We would like to sponsor our underserved LGBT youth and elders to join. As such we will try to raise funds in 3 ways before the Sept 16th event:

(1) by allocating certain funds raised at sbQA's Aug 24-26 Camping at Big Basin State Park, Santa Cruz Mountain

- So join our camping and RSVP at

(2) by having a rummage sale on Sep 1 at DeFrank Center.

- It's time to clean up your closet and storage and get rid of your unwanted and unused stuff by donating it to our RUMMAGE SALE on Sat, Sept 1st (9am-2PM). If you'd like to purchase a table for $10, you can have all the space on your own table for your stuff to sell. It is up to you how much proceeds you would like to donate for our Sept 16th event. Or you can simply donate all your stuff at DeFrank Center that will be included in the rummage sale. DeFrank Center can take your rummage sale stuff in advance. All you have to do is email Gabrielle at or Robert at to arrange in accept/receiving your donation.

(3) by simply donating directly when you register for our free event. Any amount you donate will go toward sponsoring youth and/or elders to participate in an hour art class:

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.