Upcoming Events

We have hotpot! potlucks on the third Sunday of each month from 5-7pm. 

hotpot! potlucks are open to people who identify as Queer Asian and Pacific Islander and transgender, gender-variant, gender queer, gender non conforming or women. Please bring  food or drink to share.

The next potluck will be May 19th from 5:00pm-7:00pm. 

Email us at hotpotphilly@gmail.com for info on where our next hotpot! potluck is.

Save the Dates:
Leveraging Power and Building Community around LGBTQ Immigration on Thursday, January 31st, 6:30-9pm at William Way

Past Events:

Immigration Community Meeting 11/29 6:30-8:30pm.

hotpot! holiday party Sunday December 9th from 6-9pm.

Trans March 2012
Oct. 6th, 2012. 3:00PM-5:PM

Join us October 6, 2012, for Philadelphia’s 2nd Philly Trans* March. The Philly Trans* March is not only a rally and demonstration, but rather a revolutionary movement. Open to people of all gender identities, expressions, and expereinces, The Philly Trans* March welcomes everyone to join in this MARCH TOWARDS EQUALITY and protest against the hate, social injustice, and inequality faced by the trans*, gender variant, gender queer and gender non-conforming community.

Facebook link

4th annual LGBTQ Womyn of Color Conference
Oct. 12th-Oct. 14th, 2012.
Held by Elements organization. The LGBTQ Womyn of Color Conference is the first ever of its kind in the Greater Philadelphia region. It is a mechanism by which to gather LGBTQ Womyn of color – a community who have been historically dispersed and relegated to the fringes of our society. Our hope in organizing a conference of this kind is to create a safe space by which we can harness the diverse energies, talents, skills, and abilities of our community to begin the work of healing and building networks to support that aim. For more information please visit Elements’ website.

Drag and Burlesque event

Saturday, 1 September 2012
8:00pm until 02:00am
Van will be debuting as a soloist!
  • 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!Spend your long weekend on a binge with LiCK!$8 in DRAG or KINK or $10 NOT

    Doors @ 8pm *** Show @ 9pm *** Dance Party @ 11:00 *$5 after 11
    **COME EARLY IF YOU WANT A GOOD SEAT**Mxtress of Ceremonies: The Notorious OMGPerformances by:
    Liberty City Kings Drag & Burlesque
    Philly’s award winning Queer Drag & Burlesque Performance TroupeIntroducing our newest batch of FRESH MEAT!Special guest TBAStick around after the show to dance you pants off with dj evil v

August’s potluck will be on Sunday, August 26th from 5-7pm.
The monthly potluck was moved to the 4th Sunday of August because of the Queer beach day.

Queer Beach Day with hotpot! and allies

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Please join us for the first official Queer Beach Day at Margate Beach!!
Bring your gears and your queer self to hang out and have fun at the beach
“as a way of messing with the typical hetero beach experience”.
If you are interested please email us for more details!

Sextalk with hotpot! fundraiser!
Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

This is a safe queer space to talk about sex beyond the basics. Bring your experiences, questions, and dirty mouths to a fun facilitated workshop about sex and how it can be even more fun and awesome! This workshop will be lead by the lovely Van N., who will be bringing some sex toys to be used as fidget toys or just conversation starters!

Cookies & queers: a hotpot baking contest fundraiser!
Wednesday, August 1st
7-9 pm
$5-20 donation to go toward covering conference costs. Please email hotpotphilly@gmail.com for location details.

Winners will be decided by popular vote!
Voting at 8:30; winners announced at 9!

Competition categories:
Best chocolate chip cookie
Best red bean treat
Best fruit dessert
Most delicious savory snack

Come to eat, compete or both!
Bring a treat (sweet or savory) to share, or just bring yourself and your tupperware to bring treats home.
(If you want to bring food but don’t want to compete, that’s also fine!)

Food Time @ Smile Cafe 105 S. 22nd Street (between Chestnut and Samson Streets) Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone:  215.564.2502
Date:    Monday, July 9th & Tuesday, July 17th

Time:    5-9pm

July 19th – 22nd, NQAPIA Conference at Arlington, VA

Thursday, June 21st at 7:05pm, join members of hotpot! at Camden RiverSharks Pride Night, a minor league baseball game.The night will be dedicated to celebrating and supporting the LGBTQ community.

Address: 401 N. Delaware Ave Camden, NJ 08102

Saturday, June 9th
Dyke March, Philly
Rally : 3pm
Step-off: 4pm
Kahn Park 11th & Pine Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Sunday, June 10th
Pride, Philly
Start at 12pm
Gayborhood, around 12th and Locust Street.

May 31-June 2 –Trans Health Conference
a. June 1st@8pm: Tara’s Crossing, after show conference presented by hotpot!

b. Check out hotpot!’s workshop: “How to be an ally to gender non-conforming and gender queer Asian and Pacific Islanders!”

LGBTQ Immigration Listening Forum-  May 17th from 6:30-9:00pm at The Rotunda 4014 Walnut St. Philadelphia. 

The Visibility Project -A photographic portraiture and video oral story series focused on the Queer Asian American identified community. All participants currently or have once identified as female and the project is inclusive to: transfolk, genderqueer, bi, lesbian, queer, intersex, andro, etc.

May 19th – individuals 9am-5pm (limited spots please email hotpot! if you are interested.)
May 20th 12p-5pm to be featured with hotpot! as a group.

Please email hotpotphilly@gmail.com for location details for both dates.

The project seeks to break down ethnic, cultural, gender, and sexual stereotypes through the powerful and accessible media of photography and video.

April 24th, 5:20pm-7:30pm–DVLF mini-grantee party Woody’s

Immigration Community Meeting, Wednesday, April 11th

April 5th performance by Deen of Draw the Circle. Location: InterAct Theatre Company • 2030 Sansom Street • Philadelphia, PA 19103 Box Office: 215-568-8079
Tickets are regularly $25.00, but you get a 20% with this promotional code – HTP20Off.

Stimulus Philly’s Red and Pink Affair, Friday Feb. 17th 10pm-2am

come out and enjoy a dance party that will benefit hotpot!

Shampoo nightclub-

417 N. 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123
$10 cover
LGBTQ Immigration Community Meeting at William Way on Wed. Feb 22nd from 7-9pm
friends and allies welcome! please feel free to contact us at hotpotphilly@gmail.com for more details.

Holiday Party-Saturday, December 17 from 7-9pm

Location: 1101 Washington Ave. The entrance is on 11th St to lobby, come in and announce yourself to the
person at desk, and then go to conference room.
Bring friends and family
$5 cover with wine cash bar
Hotpot and QPA members can sign up to potluck the event. Limited sign ups available. Email Van at hotpotphilly@gmail.com for more info.

Witness on December 2nd from 6-8pm.

Come and see our own hotpot! member’s,Tay Cha, art works.

The Opening Reception will take place on Friday, December 2nd 2011 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street / Philadelphia, PA 19107. The exhibition will remain on view through January 27, 2012.

Witness is a multi-media visual arts exhibition including the work of twenty two artists that reflects on, explores and responds to the impact that the HIV/AIDS epidemic has had on our social, cultural and political life over the past thirty years. “The artists invited and selected reflect a diverse, gathering of voices across, race, age, gender, sexual orientation and geographic location. Witness asks the audience to reflect individually and collectively on the HIV/AIDS epidemic as a trans-formative moment in our lives, our communities, and society.

The artists participating in Witness (in alphabetical order) include: George Apostos, Laura Bamford, Craig Bruns, Nannette Clark, Tay Cha, Ronald Corbin, Susan DiPronio, Jonas Dos Santos, Harvey Finkle, Ralfka Gonzalez, Link Harper, Theodore Harris, Ed Hall, HD Ivey, Albo Jeavons, Peter Lien, Gabriel Martinez, Kwaku Osei, Chanthaphone Rajavong, Marta Sanchez, Jombi Supastar, Zoe Strauss and Tree Byers.



Proceeds go to One Love Movement and DreamActivist PA

Friday, December 2, 2011
10 pm to 2 am

Way Gay
1315 Spruce St.

$5 to $20 sliding scale

DJ Halfbreed
DJ Mary Mack
DJ Amor Secreto

Photobooth by the amazing Karen Kirchoff!
Booze bar!

Sponsored by William Way LGBT Community Center


Design your own zine!! Sunday, December 4, 1:00-3:00pm
Workshop co-sponsored by hotpot!

Learn to create your own mini-magazine of artwork and writing in this special workshop offered by Leeway Foundation, in partnership with the William Way, GALAEI, and hotpot!. Led by Canadian graphic artists Elisha Lim (featured in our current art exhibit ) and Coco Riot, this workshop will be taught here at the Center in English and Spanish.

FREE and open to the public. Registration is required. For more info or to register, visit www.leeway.org or call 215-545-4078.


FOOD TIME with hotpot!

Come and support hotpot! by sharing FOOD TIME at SMILE CAFE on Monday, December 5th and Tuesday, December 6th from 5-9pm. Check out the menu on their website.

Venue: Smile Cafe
105 S. 22nd Street (between Chestnut and Samson Streets)
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215.564.2502


Come join hotpot! on November 15h at 5:30pm to celebrate a grant awarded to us by the Asian Mosiac Fund Giving Circle!

Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Program from 6:30 to 8 pm.

Reception with food and drinks before & after.

Kids are welcome!!

Please RSVP and feel free to invite as many guests as you would like for the Grant Awards Reception using the following link:   http://amf2011.eventbrite.com.

RSVP by Friday, November 11

Hotpot! is doing a fundraising dinner on Friday November 18th 7-9pm. For details on location, please email us at hotpotphilly@gmail.com.

Some other details about the location:

Families welcome, childcare provided upon request.
Mobility alert: there are approximately 6 steps leading up to front door.
Driving: street parking is available for free
Public transport: take the 34 trolley to 50th street

Please RSVP to help us get a count for food by November 11th. Suggested minimum donation $20. if this donation means you wouldn’t come even though you really want to let us know and we can work together to figure it out.


Come out to see I Am, a film by Sonali Gulati.  The screening is on Monday, November 7th at 6:30pm at Asian Arts Initiative (1219 Vine Street). hotpot! did a review on it on July. Please write a comment here if you’re interested in a $5 group ticket.


The Philadelphia premiere of “Enforcing the Silence” will be screened at the Prince Music Theater as part of the Asian American Film Festival on Tuesday, November 8th at 7pm.  Please share this information with your friends and networks, come out to see the  movie and meet the filmmaker Tony Nguyen.  The film explores how the Vietnam War continued in America through the story of the first Vietnamese to be reportedly assassinated on U.S. soil.


Please let us know what you’re thinking about this fall and hotpot! Feel free to email us with your ideas or bring them to any event!


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