hotpot! Special Event: Children of Srikandi


In lieu of our monthly potluck, we are departing from the usual to show Children of Srikandi, a film made by and about the queer women of Indonesia.

We are opening this event to everyone, so invite friends! Do bring food and drinks to share. We hope you all join us to experience this important film– on a very big tv!

If you are on Facebook, please RSVP so we can ensure accommodation for everyone.

Synopsis: CHILDREN OF SRIKANDI is the first film about queer women in Indonesia, the country with the world´s largest Muslim population. Eight authentic and poetic stories are interwoven with beautiful shadow theater scenes that tell the story of Srikandi, one of the characters of the Indian Mahabharata. This collective anthology transcends the borders between documentary, fiction and experimental film.

See for the full synopsis. For the trailer, click here:



Collaborative Workshop Initiative

hotpot! Presents:

Collaborative Workshop Initiative

Queer Asian-Pacific Island Women/Trans* folk gathering coordinates workshops exploring the intersection of queer and Asian identities

By Van Nguyen

January 22, 2013

Philadelphia, PA – The hotpot! Collaborative Workshop Initiative will create a series of six workshops: four in collaboration with various AAPI (Asian-American/Asian/Pacific-Islander) organizations in the area and two open to the entire Philadelphia community. While other queer people of color organizations do exist in Philadelphia, hotpot!’s role as the only active AAPI queer organization is important because of the specific needs of the AAPI community around racialization, language, culture, and histories of immigration. hotpot! is uniquely suited to handle both the emerging needs of bringing AAPI issues into broader LGBTQ conversations and affecting change from within the AAPI community to create a more holistic vision for justice that recognizes and values the range of gender and sexual diversity within its membership.

We invite any organizations that feel that their community would benefit from an informative workshop regarding the intersection of queer and AAPI identities to contact us for more information.

About hotpot!

We are a Philadelphia-based gathering working to build community for Queer Asian + Pacific Islander lesbian, bisexual women, trans*, gender variant/queer/non-conforming identified folks through social gatherings, political action and good food.

We came together in Philadelphia in 2009, and as we experience continual self-examination and transformation, we are gratefully challenged by the diversity of our lives. We seek to be sensitive, intentional, and inclusive in our mission, especially around the myriad of gendered, ethnic, and national cultures within our community. This tension is an ongoing conversation that we honor.

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To learn more about this initiative, please contact

Van Nguyen, Steering Committee Member

Mobile: 215.645.2531

Team Laurent – in need of your support!

Dear hotpot!ers,
We talk a lot about movement, about chosen family, about having each other’s backs.
We are writing to you to make that a reality. Our friend and chosen fam, Laurent, needs our help. Laurent is a queer immigrant living in Philadelphia. More importantly, Laurent is a fierce community activistloyal friend, and long-time member of hotpot!. Laurent was recently diagnosed with epilepsy, and is in urgent need of an MRI and other medications. Laurent’s medical costs are growing exponentially, and working multiple jobs just isn’t enough.
Picture this: 
*A world where we don’t need to rely on the state (with their unreliable funding) for our basic needs.
*A world where queer, immigrant, and other communities support each other.
*A world where the cost of healthcare doesn’t stop us from lifesaving care.
You can help build this world. Sometimes queer people talk about chosen family and community – our loved ones who, for some of us, take the place of our birth families, and for others, provide lots of different kinds of love and support that we need, because being queer has taught us that a nuclear family structure can’t meet all of our needs. We are Laurent’s community, and today Laurent needs us.
Can you help? Donate now!
There are a few ways you can support:
1. Please donate however much you can here: Every dollar really does help.
2. Please pass this email on to your chosen fam, your networks, your movements. Spread this story far and wide, so that we can support each other and build a new world together!
3. Reach out! As much as Laurent needs our financial support now, this is also a mental and emotional battle. Pick up the phone, send a letter, bake some pumpkin bread – however you want to, show Laurent some love!
In solidarity,
Team Laurent