Join hotpot! at Camden Riversharks Pride Night

UPDATE 6/21/2012

Unfortunately, Pride Night has been postponed because the city of Camden ran out of water. As they’ve said in the announcement, Pride Night has been rescheduled to Thursday, June 28th at 7:05 PM. I hope the new date will work out for people who were unable to attend tonight and we are looking forward to see you then!


Hello folks,

It’s almost Summer time and to celebrate the days getting hotter we would like to present you with Pride Night, a baseball game event by Camden Riversharks, a minor league baseball team. The Pride night they are hosting on Thursday, June 21st at 7:05pm will be dedicated to celebrating and supporting the LGBTQ community. Some of hotpot!members will also be there, join us!

Plus if you buy tickets you’ll help support hotpot!. It is easy, go to and put down the code: hotpot. We will earn $5 from every ticket sold! Check out the attached flyer for a complete step-by-step ordering guide.

We also have 2 tickets given to us by Riversharks’ theme night coordinator. The tickets are $11 each. By doing this, you can save money on the online surcharge fee. Please let us know by emailing us at if you plan to attend and if you want one of the $11 tickets.

Lastly, they are still looking to fill performances for Pride Night so if you know any dance, choir, or any other performance groups who would be interested in performing at Campbell’s Field for the game or to order group tickets, please contact Mike Barone, the theme night Coordinator for Camden Riversharks at

Dyke March and Pride, June 9th and 10th, come join us!!!

June is here and we invite you join us at the Dyke March and Pride. hotpot! members, family, friends, and allies will all be marching together.

Dyke March-June 9th
Rally: 3pm at Kahn Park (11th and Pine streets)
March: Step off promptly at 4pm

Historically, dyke marches were started as a protest to the more mainstream, and patriarchal pride parades. Always a blast, get ready to make noise and literally take to the streets.

Pride – June 10th
Meet up: 11am at 13th and Locust
March: Starts at noon!

June is recognized as Gay Pride Month throughout the World.  Philly Pride is one of hundreds of Gay Pride organizations organizing and presenting spectacular outside events to promote the visibility of the LGBT community. In Philadelphia the Pride March goes along a route that borders Chinatown and this creates an opportunity raise QTAPI visibility in our Asian communities.  Our theme this year for Pride is LGBTQ Immigration.

Please wear green shirts to visibly unify yourself with hotpot! and RSVP to to let us know if you plan to attend one or both of the events!

These events will be the debut for our new hotpot! banner.

check out these photos from last year’s marches and this link to our post from last year.

LGBTQ Immigration Listening Forum May 2012

Click here to see more photos!

This year, with the support of the Asian Mosaic Fund, hotpot! is hosting two LGBTQ Immigration Listening Forums. One of which has already happened last week and another in the fall. The work to organize our May forum was hard but rewarding. We had been working on it for about 4 months and I’m very happy of how the forum turned out to be. Check out the link to our program book below.

The fact is, this year’s Listening Forum hold a special meaning for me. I was a speaker at the first Listening Forum on May 2010, chosen to be there because I was a newly granted queer asylee.  I have come full circle now that I am part of hotpot! Steering Committee organizing the second Listening Forum and continuing to educate myself on political movements around queer immigration.

I learned during the forum that the issue around LGBTQ immigration affected different people from different backgrounds and ethnicity. I’m glad that I was able to be there to listen to all of the awesome speakers. I was also impressed by the number of people who came.

To all who came to support us, the speakers, the planning organizations, our sponsors and everyone else I might forgot to name: Thank you very much!

Immigration Forum – Second Community Meeting!

On Wednesday, April 11th, hotpot! teamed up with members from several other organizations in Philly to plan our Listening Forum that happened just last week. I was facilitating the conversation along with a fellow Steering Committee member and I’m so happy to be a part of network of wonderful people who put so much effort into the work that we collectively believe in.

The culmination of all of our work evidently shows at the Listening Forum, and I am proud to have been a part of this contribution to our community. To everyone who participated in the planning process and implementation, thank you so much. It definitely would not have turned out so well without you.


Dyke March- June 9th

This time a year ago I remember reading emails from the listserv and posts on the blog about dyke march. I remember being nervous and hesistant to come out and meet total strangers. I worried about fitting in, about the fact that I hadn’t really been active in Philadelphia’s queer community or had any experience organizing. All those worries went away when I came to Dyke March last year and met all these amazing individuals who made me feel welcome.

As a person who grew up yearning to see LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islanders in the media and around me, I can personally attest to how much visibility means. If you’re reading this right now and maybe have some of the same concerns as I did, I hope you take a chance and join us!

Please join hotpot! Saturday, June 9th at Kahn Park (11th and Pine streets) for Dyke March.
Rally: 3pm
Step-off: 4pm

Bring family and friends.
Wear a green shirt to visibly unify yourself with hotpot!

Please RSVP to if you plan to come out

What is Dyke March?

Historically, dyke marches were started as a protest to more mainstream, patriarchal pride parades. For more history and information on Philadelphia Dyke March please visit

Come and Join hotpot! at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference

Hiya all,

This year, hotpot! is brimming with excitement for our participation at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference (May 31st – June 3rd) at the Philadelphia Convention Center. The whole conference is free and you can register here.

Below is the list of workshops/caucuses with API and South Asian content that we hope you will join us at. Please click the links for more information:

Thursday, May 31st 12:45pm is the Asian and Pacific Islander Gender non Conforming and Trans* Caucus and Global Spotlight South Asia at 4:00 pm.

Friday, June 1st at 5:30pm hotpot!’s members will lead a workshop called How to be an ally to gender non conforming and gender queer people, followed by a play called Tara’s Crossing at 8pm, where two hotpot! members will participate at the talk back.

We’re looking forward to see you there!

LGBTQ Immigration Listening Forum- Join us on May 17th

On May 17th, hotpot! is sponsoring a listening forum in Philadelphia to highlight the often unheard stories of LGBTQ immigrants.

Will you join us?

Here are the details:
Thursday, May 17th, 2012 from 6:30-9pm
The Rotunda 4014 Walnut St., West Philadelphia
Speakers include LGBTQ Immigrants and service providers. We’ll have partners from local immigration and LGBTQ organizations tabling and we’ll provide light snacks before the forum.

We want to make people aware that in our city, there is a need to support LGBTQ Immigrants who face xenophobia, racism, homophobia and transphobia. Many LGBTQ immigrants face unique challenges and injustice. These include navigating the application for asylum based on sexual orientation, demanding the rights of transgender individuals in immigration detention, and mourning the isolation from mainstream non-immigrant LGBTQ communities. LGBTQ immigrants are often isolated and not seen.

We believe that building awareness and creating change through visibility and education are the first step in mitigating the injustices faced by LGBTQ immigrants as well as improving our interconnected lives. We hope that the Listening Forum will be the first step in addressing the challenges faced by LGBTQ immigrants.

Join us on May 17th from 6:30-9pm!  In consideration of issues of safety and access, no ID is needed to get into the event. The Rotunda is wheelchair accessible and close to public transportation (40th St stop on Market Frankford Blue Line, bus 21). Bike and street parking is available. Please be in touch if you or a friend needs an interpreter; we have contacts who can interpret in ASL, Spanish, Mandarin, French and Indonesian.

Please RSVP and help us spread the word!!!

In community,

Van, Laurent, Kris, Alison, Miki and Megumi
hotpot! steering committee

Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference: Tara’s Crossing

As part of our work to spread information about notable events that we are involved in, I am proud to announce a play that will be performed during the Trans-Health Conference. It is a story about a transgender asylee and her struggles. hotpot! will be attending and participating in the talkback afterward to share our work. Please check it out! All of the details are below.


8 pm on Friday, June 1, 2012
Philadelphia, PA
Free and Open to the Public

The 11th Annual Philadelphia Tran-Health Conference is proud to present TARA’S CROSSING, a play by Emmy nominated writer Jeffrey Solomon, in which a transgender woman flees Guyana for asylum in the United States, only to end up in a government detention center, where she faces an uphill battle to prove her claims of persecution. The performance is FREE and open to the public.



NEUVSA conference

On April 5th, hotpot! joined the NEUVSA (North East Union of Vietnamese Student Associations, their acronym is pronounced “new-V.S.A.”) at Drexel University for a day filled with inspiration and conversations. My jaded heart was actually warmed by the keynote speaker, Ethan Nguyen, who shared an engaging and participatory speech on the power of courage and the possibilities that come with building friendships and networks with others in a larger community–one of those amazing speeches where the speaker facilitated the audience to get to the theme. Ethan is seriously TEDx material, check out this presentation he did at TEDxphilly, here.

hotpot!’s very own Van presented a workshop on the topic of “being LGBTQ, Vietnamese, and Asian American.” It was great to be invited to share LGBTQ perspectives at a Vietnamese Student Association conference. We were also excited to see Nancy Nguyen from BPSOS who led conversations around USA immigration history specifically concerning the Vietnamese diaspora across the hall.
hotpot! would love to attend more campus conversations!! please invite us.

Campus organizing is sooo refreshing. Check out NEUVSA’s website: and feel the organizational capacity of these amazing college activists. They have an amazing film-maker amongst their midst…talk about inspirational~ Also, their banh mi’s tasted really good too. yay food.