Founded in 1990, GAPIMNY (formerly known as Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York) is an all-volunteer, membership-based community organization with the mission to empower queer and trans Asian/Pacific Americans to create positive change. It provides a range of political, social, educational, and cultural programming and works in coalition with other community organizations to educate and promote dialogue on issues of race, sexuality, gender, and health.
Throughout its history, GAPIMNY has actively engaged in LGBTQ and A/PA rights advocacy and coalition-building. In 2004, when Details magazine published “Gay or Asian?”, a satirical feature stereotypically caricaturing LGBTQ and A/PA people, GAPIMNY took early leadership of organized protests, demanding apology, retraction, and diverse and positive representations of LGBTQ A/PAs in Details, along with diversity training for the magazine’s staff.
GAPIMNY has worked to increase its outreach by partnering with other organizations, including the national Asian Pacific American Coalition for Equality and the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute, to raise awareness for LGBTQ civil rights issues and support civil rights legislation. In 2005, GAPIMNY sent a large contingent to the Creating Change Conference where hundreds of LGBTQ A/PAs came together to attempt the framing of a unified political, social, and cultural agenda. In 2011, GAPMINY made headlines by organizing protests against groups exporting “ex-gay” conversion therapy to Hong Kong, including “shower-ins” to discredit the pseudoscientific methods used by “ex-gay” groups.
The GAPIMNY Records span from 1994 to 2014. Materials in the collection include pamphlets, flyers, stickers, photographs, newsletters, correspondence, meeting memoranda, and artifacts that were used in parades or demonstrations. The collection also includes magazines, literary journals, and materials produced by related organizations. This collection documents both individual activists and community organizations that have supported GAPIMNY.
To learn more about the contents of the GAPIMNY Records, located at the NYU Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, view the collection’s finding aid.