Every year NQAPIA honors groups and leaders who have improved the lives of LGBTQ APIs. This year, we will honor these Community Catalyst Awardees:

  • Fatimah Asghar
  • Christ Church of Chicago
  • Ryan Viloria

There will be cocktails, a 10-course Chinese banquet dinner, and dancing. All proceeds benefit NQAPIA and local LGBT API leaders to attend the National LGBT API Leadership Summit and Training in 2019. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Please refrain from wearing scented lotions, perfumes, colognes, etc. to make the space more accommodating for folks who are sensitive to scents. This event is wheelchair accessible!

What do you need or want so you can be fully present? Contact us with any accessibility questions and concerns! Email Conor at conor@nqapia.org.


Fatimah Asghar is a nationally touring poet, screenwriter, educator and performer.  Her work has appeared in many journals, including  POETRY Magazine, Gulf Coast, BuzzFeed Reader, The Margins, The Offing, Academy of American Poets and many others.  Her work has been featured on new outlets like PBS, NPR, Time, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post, and others. In 2011 she created a spoken word poetry group in Bosnia and Herzegovina called REFLEKS while on a Fulbright studying theater in post-genocidal countries. She is a member of the Dark Noise Collective and a Kundiman Fellow. Her chapbook After came out on Yes Yes Books fall 2015. She is the writer and co-creator of Brown Girls, an Emmy-Nominated web series that highlights friendships between women of color. In 2017 she was awarded the Ruth Lily and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and was featured on the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list. Her debut book of poems, If They Come For Us, was released One World/ Random House, August 2018. Learn more about Fatimah Asghar on her website here.

Christ Church of Chicago is a missional, compassionate, open, and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ. Christ Church of Chicago's Open & Affirming Statement is: As we are all created in God’s image, we declare ourselves to be an Open and Affirming congregation, embracing diversity and affirming the dignity and worth of every person. We welcome into full membership and participation persons of every race, ethnic background, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, socio-economic background, marital status and faith background. We welcome all to share in the services, fellowship, and activities in our congregation. We believe that with the power of God we can do amazing works of love in our community  that go beyond our own individual abilities and identities. We trust that through our diversity, we can grow and live out our faith with God’s grace.  No matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome at Christ Church of Chicago.

They welcome all people regardless of where they are on their faith journey. Learn more about Christ Church of Chicago and the services they provide here.

The proud Chicagoan known as Ryan Viloria has worked with community and political organizers since his days in undergrad. Currently at the University of Illinois at Chicago, he is a staff member with the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy and he serves as co-chair for the Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Asian Americans. He is a board member with the Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE) and Kultura, the special events arm of Filipino Kitchen. Previously, Ryan served as a facilitator and coordinator for the teen summer writing and performance program Young Asians with Power!, an executive committee member for the UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, and the social chair and co-point person for i2i: Asian Pacific Islander Pride of Chicago. Working with i2i and Trikone-Chicago, Ryan served as the NQAPIA National Conference Coordinator in 2015.

In his spare time, Ryan is also a writer and performer. He made his stage debut with the improv ensemble Delaware River in November 2016. In April 2017, he served as writer and actor for the sketch comedy show Robot Girlfriend at  the Annoyance Theater, created by Susan Xu. With the Filipinx theatre company Circa Pintig Theatre, Ryan performed in the stage reading of The Perfect American at the Greenhouse Theater as part of their 100 Acts of Resistance program in May 2018, and the musical drama Game of Trolls: Revisited the following December. Currently, he is a member of the improv troupe Pale Gale as well as SPITfire, Chicago’s first and only all-Filipinx improv team.  

Above all else, Ryan takes pride in his attitude as cheerleader, supporter, and avid fan of grassroots organizers and performance artists, once he gets to meet them.

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September 2, 2020

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