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Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Queer Potluck & Panel

Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi
4115 N Mississippi Avenue
Portland, OR 97217, US (map)



Come laugh, love and eat with your API family members from API Pride, U.T.O.P.I.A. PDX and Q Center to celebrate API Heritage Month. Check out our display which features cultural items and profiles of local API LGBTQPIA+ activitsts.

6:03pm - 6:07pm - Opening prayer/blessing

6:08pm - 6:15pm - Highlight the GLAPN profiles for Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the API Pride and U.T.O.P.I.A. PDX display.

6:16pm - 7:44pm - Community panel regarding being Asian and/or Pacific Islander and also identifying as LGBTQPIA+, while navigating through systems in the Portland and Vancouver areas.

  • Moderated by Manumalo S. Ala'ilima, who is a Masculine of Center presenting Samoan lesbian (uses all pronouns), and by day, is a Quality Assurance professional with the American Red Cross. By night and in-between here and there, the co-chair of API Pride, the chair for U.T.O.P.I.A. PDX, an active APANO member, enjoys developing capacity for coalition building and people connecting, an avid karaoke lover, and their nieces and nephews favorite cool aunt.

  • Meet our panelists:

  • Kainz Barbainz (Kaina Barba) is a Hawaiian, Pinoy, Chinese, gender fluid, Mahu, gay male. On stage he is the fierce Queen, Mama Zara P. Talon. Off stage he is a spiritual leader and Kumu in the Hawaiian community, Uncle/Aunty to many extended nieces and nephews, and an over protective drag mother.

  • Aiden Yang is a software engineer who identifies as a queer Taiwanese-American transgender man (he/him). He is originally from Texas and Ohio and moved to Portland from New York two years ago. He enjoys cooking Taiwanese food, making and listening to music, and spending quality time with his partner and QTPOC community.
  • Roz Monique LGuerrero (bio to come shortly)
  • Virginia Luka (bio to come shortly)
  • Keni Liufau (bio to come shortly)
  • Mel Kakimi (they/them) is a queer, gender non-conforming, 4th generation Japanese American. A recent transplant to Portland from Southern California (it'll be a year in July!) They work in fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and are a board member of API Pride. When they're not working around the house, they enjoy being active and lifting weights, finding events and volunteer opportunities around town, being a dog mom, and spending time with their wonderful girlfriend.
  • Alex Liu is a Taiwanese gay male (he/his), who has been in the U.S. for 17 years. He used to work in the IT field but has recently ventured into becoming an entrepeneuer. He is a life coach too and does philanthropic work. To learn more about one of his passionate projects, please go to this link http://www.lovealexliu.com.

7:45 - 8:15pm - Reception and mingle

U.T.O.P.I.A. PDX will potluck/donate food items and non-alcoholic beverages for the reception.