2016 OCA National Convention
Forging Ahead: Legacy, Advocacy, Activism
Westin Jersey City/Newport | Jersey City, New Jersey
Loving Your LGBTQ Children
Speakers Joanne Lee, Glenn Magpantay, Maxwell Ng, & John Ng
Friday, July 22 | 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM
America I & II
Asian American and Pacific Islanders are coming out earlier than ever. How can APA parents support their children and engage the community to create a more accepting culture of LGBTQ children? This workshop will discuss the different ways parents engage with the APA and LGBTQ community to ensure that APA LGBTQ youth are able to fully express themselves.
About the Speakers
Glenn Magpantay, Esquire| National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
Glenn D. Magpantay, Esq. is one of the nation’s foremost gay Asian leaders and long-time activists having been organizing in the LGBT community for nearly 25 years.
He is Executive Director of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), a national federation of Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender organizations, where he raises funds and oversees NQAPIA trainings and campaign on immigrant’s rights.
He brings to this work nearly a decade of working with local LGBT API groups. He is a former co-chair of the Gay Asian & Pacific Islander Men of New York. Under his leadership, he organized the first ever testimony before The White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islander in 2000.
He was named as one of Instinct Magazine’s “25 Leading Men of 2004,” in the magazine’s Nov. 2004 power issue. Professionally, Glenn is a civil rights attorney at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund.
Glenn attended the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook on Long Island, and as a beneficiary of affirmative action, graduated cum laude from the New England School of Law, in Boston.
Maxwell Ng | Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
Maxwell Ng is an Architect with over ten years of experience designing university environments, commercial developments and elder housing. His previous specialties include laboratory science and nano technology facilities. He currently works for the award winning architecture and design firm DiMella Shaffer.
Maxwell serves as Chair of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), a group dedicated to ending discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. MTPC just recently passed legislation to protect trans people in public accommodations.
Maxwell also serves on the Steering Committee for the Queer Asian Pacific-Islander Alliance (QAPA), an organization committed to providing a supportive social, political, and educational environment for LGBTQ people of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage in the Boston area. Founded in 1979, QAPA, is the oldest API organization of its kind in the US.
And he is also a founding player and coach of the TrailStormers, the Boston based softball team dedicated to creating a fun and safe space for gender non-conforming and Trans people.
He holds an engineering degree from Boston University and an M.Arch from the Boston Architectural College and has lived in Boston for almost 20 years.
John Ng | OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates