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Visibility Project Comes to Philly

A national portrait + video project dedicated to the Queer Asian American Women, Trans, and Gender non-conforming communities. The Visibility Project breaks barriers through powerful imagery and storytelling.


Sunday, June 23, 2013


William Way LGBT Community Center
1315 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107


This project is open to Queer Asian American Women, Gender non-conforming, and Trans people only. If you are a gay/bi asian american cis male, or queer person of non Asian/Asian American descent, please let me know asap. You can support us by donating, volunteering, or spreading the word.


Each session takes about 60 minutes. It begins with mellow interview questions like: Where were you born? How old are you? What’s your ethnicity? Why did you choose to participate? The second part still photography.


All media will be posted on the Visibility Project website, facebook, and Vimeo page, with other potential future uses such as media releases, articles, lectures, exhibitions, book, etc.


Participants will receive 3-5 images via email and can use them for their facebook pages, bio images, promotion, etc. HOWEVER, the photographer & project must receive photo credit, and commercial/publication use must receive pre-approval in writing. We also super appreciate links to our website and facebook pages.

Eventbrite - Visibility Project  //  Philadelphia, PA
We work on a first come first serve basis, if you can’t make your session please let us know asap so other folks can participate!

For more information check out

happy pride!!

Hi folks!

Happy pride weekend! As you may know, later today is the pride parade. If you are planning on joining us we are going to meet at 12th and walnut at 11am. If you think you’ll be coming later catch us at the parade.

We will have gallons of water, if u can bring ur own water bottle. We will have some cups.  Also you may want to bring sun block  and or umbrella. We will have signs but feel free to bring ur own if u have one.


Hope to see u there!


help hotpot! raise $650 to support API Queer and Trans Activists in need of ADA accessible housing at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference.

supporting our Trans family and friends!!!
supporting our Trans family and friends!!!

Friends and Allies,
hotpot! values diversity, sustainability, and listening to all voices in our community. Every year, we are thrilled to actively participate in the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference.
This year Van will speak on the API trans/GNC Voices panel on Sat. June 15 with 5 other people. The fabulous Kay ( will moderate and stellar Emi Koyama (of  will speak. They are traveling from New York City and Portland, Oregon. Let’s welcome them to Philly with love.
Show your hospitality by offsetting their cost of ADA accessible housing (which is otherwise cost prohibitive but absolutely necessary). Your donation will go directly to lodging for disabled/crip tpoc apia panelist/moderators and their care support (which include their service animal companions & care partners). We believe that it is our communal responsibility to raise these funds, join us.
Every donation counts from $200 to $5. Click here to donate!!!
Will you support our efforts and donate?
Alison, Laurent and the hotpot! steering committee

Philly Dyke March & Pride 2013 on June 8 and 9!

Join hotpot! in marching at Dyke March and Philly Pride in just a couple weeks!

Dyke March is Saturday, June 8 @ Kahn Park (11th & Pine St). Meet-up at 3:00 PM, step off at 4:00 PM.

Pride is Sunday, June 9. Meet up is at 13th & Locust St @ 11:00 AM.

Philly Pride is one of hundreds of LGBT Pride organizations organizing outside events to promote the visibility of the LGBT community. Despite corporate takeover hotpot! insists on existing and reclaiming space in the parade alongside other groups like hotpot! Historically, dyke marches were started as a protest to the more mainstream and patriarchal pride parades. Here are some pictures past!

Dyke March 2012
Dyke March 2012
Pride 2012
Pride 2012

Trans Health Conference- Join us!!!!

The Philadelphia Trans Health Conference is Thursday, June 13-Sat, June 15th.

We encourage you all to come out and support. The conference is free. For more info on the conference check out their website:

Check out these sessions that are being co-sponsored by hotpot! and our QAPI family.

A Mother, Her Transgender Son, Their Journey to Love and Acceptance

API Trans/GNC Voices

Asian and Pacific Islander Gender Non Conforming, Intersex, and Trans* Caucus

Philly’s 7th Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival!


Saturday, May 18th (tomorrow!) is Philadelphia’s 7th annual festival to celebrate asian pacific american heritage month. It is a FREE event that is held at Franklin Square Park at 6th & Race St from 11am-4pmThere will be lots of entertainment (a band!), food trucks (food!), and a children’s fair (Zoo!) to name a few things.

hotpot! will be tabling with flyers and candy so stop by and say hi! 

Hope to see you there,


Join us Sat., May 4th @ Tabu for LICK performance benefiting hotpot!

Liberty City Kings Drag and Burlesque is hosting a fundraiser for hotpot!’s benefit! Please come check out an amazing show with a comic book theme that’ll be sure to entertain everyone! Saturday, May 4 @ Tabu in the heart of the gayborhood.

Vixens & Vagabonds Queer & Kinky Cabaret: POW! POP! GLITTER!

Saturday at 8:00pm
Join · 85 people are going
Liberty City Kings presents: POW! POP! GLITTER!
From Tank Girl to Bat Man… bring your inner comic book nerd out to this show!$10 in DRAG or KINK or $12 NOT
* Benefits hotpot! @ 8pm (and not before!) *** Show @ 9pm *** Dance Party @ 11:00 *$5 after 11**COME EARLY IF YOU WANT A GOOD SEAT**
* OR LATE TO WATCH THE LIVE FEED AT THE BAR *Mxtress of Ceremonies: The Notorious OMG
Performances by:
Liberty City Kings Drag & Burlesque
Special Guests Brettzo & Rosy Roulette!

And guest DJ NiiLo!
Philly’s only multi award winning Queer Drag & Burlesque Performance Troupe

Come out, come out wherever you are for a shimmy, shake and sprinkle of glitter from some of Philly’s sexiest queer drag, burlesque and musical artists performing classic cabaret with a kinky twist!

We’re now monthly!! Yes, that’s right!
Vixens & Vagabonds Queer & Kinky Cabaret – every first Saturday at Tabu!
Next show: 6/1/13

Flyer Design: Deviant Beauty Creations

NQAPIA’s National Sign On Letter on LGBT Immigrants’ Rights

Last week, hotpot! joined other LGBT AAPI groups in signing on to NQAPIA’s national immigration letter which addresses key points necessary to immigration reform.

Click the link to view the letter and feel free to share:

Recap: Jan 31st LGBTQ Immigration Event

Hello friends,

Did you make it to our 3rd LGBTQ Immigrant Rights Community Forum on January 31st? We held it at the William Way Center and over 80+ attended. We were moved by narrative stories of LGBTQ newcomers to Philadelphia. Conversations were layered and we debated things like how we might want something now, but we might not want it long term. We also ate food, hung out with new friends and laughed a bit. As one participant Matthew wrote, “…we need to shift away from being on the defensive about e-verify. We need to make commitments that makes a municipality the most welcoming so people can do their best and work and care about what they are doing instead of being scared.” Another friend Erika wrote a message to LGBTQ newcomers, “You can find a home here. You can make your own version of family.” ❤
Below are some pictures, enjoy!

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