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APAIT is proud to announce the return of our transgender advocacy pageant, QUEST!

Date: Saturday, December 17, 2016
Time: Doors will open at 6:00pm
Venue: David Henry Hwang Theatre; 120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles, CA 90012.

What is QUEST?
QUEST is designed to encourage the empowerment of the often marginalized transgender community. The event aims to decrease rates of high-risk behaviors in the community, including those contributing to the spread of HIV/AIDS infection. QUEST celebrates uniqueness and diversity, while supporting the transgender community. Previous winners have gone on to become leading advocates for the rights of transgender individuals.

Why is QUEST Important?
HIV/AIDS rates among transgender women are among the highest in the U.S. According to data from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the HIV-positivity rate for transgender women is 5.4%; compared to a 1.2% positivity rate for men, and a 0.2% positivity rate for women [DHSP, August 2014].

The extreme discrimination and stigma that transgender women face creates a social context that places them at risk for HIV infection. This includes loss of employment and poverty, being denied medical and other services, and being victimized by violence and abuse. A pageant format provides a culturally appropriate and appealing venue in which to educate and empower the community.

What are the Goals of QUEST?
Through QUEST, we seek to empower transgender men and women with information on HIV transmission and prevention. Additionally, we honor and recognize positive role models who advocate for and support the transgender community. QUEST creates a sense of community to counteract the stigma that leads to low self-esteem and high-risk behaviors among transgender men and women.

How can I apply to be a part of QUEST 2017?

All interested applicants must submit the following by October 24, 2016 for committee review. A submitted application does not guarantee a place in the event. Please follow all directions on the application form.

  1. Complete the Application Form: Quest 2017 – Candidate Application – Due 10.24.2016
  2. Send completed application form to Jaden Fields at jadenf@apaitonline.org.

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Plate by Plate is Project by Project’s signature annual tasting benefit featuring star chefs from over 50 top restaurants and beverage purveyors in LA. 100% of the net ticket proceeds raised from Plate by Plate are remitted to the 2016 beneficiary partner APAIT.

Date: Saturday, August 6, 2016
Time: VIP 6PM | General Admission 7PM

Location: Wallis Annenburg Building at California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA

Delicious tastings, renowned chefs, silent auction, photobooth, and after party…Plate by Plate is the ultimate foodie adventure all packed into one amazing night, and all for a great cause! Don’t miss out!

Here are some restaurants to look forward to:
Bestia
Faith & Flower
Kazunori
Patina
Picca
Quenelle
Republique
AND MANY MORE!
For the complete list of participants, please visit them at http://platebyplate.org/la/

Tickets on sale NOW! Get them before we sell out! Tickets available here: bit.ly/PbP2016fb

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Project by Project (PbP) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in New York City in 1998 by a group of young Asian American professionals. Comprised of a team with backgrounds across finance, consulting, technology, media, entertainment and law, PbP’s founding team felt it could do more to empower the Asian American community. They established an organization with the mindset of volunteering, increasing awareness and fundraising for fellow organizations within the Asian American community.

Building upon those principles and looking to empower our community, PbP created an innovative platform by which our members exercise leadership skills through direct work and engagement with partner non-profit organizations. This year theme is focused on the LGBT community, leading APAIT to be chosen as the beneficiary partner. 

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APAIT is proud to announce the return of our transgender advocacy pageant, QUEST!

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2015
Time: Doors will open at 6:00pm
Venue: David Henry Hwang Theatre; 120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles, CA 90012.

learn more

What is QUEST?
QUEST is designed to encourage the empowerment of the often marginalized transgender community. The event aims to decrease rates of high-risk behaviors in the community, including those contributing to the spread of HIV/AIDS infection. QUEST celebrates uniqueness and diversity, while supporting the transgender community. Previous winners have gone on to become leading advocates for the rights of transgender individuals.

Why is QUEST Important?
HIV/AIDS rates among transgender women are among the highest in the U.S. According to data from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the HIV-positivity rate for transgender women is 5.4%; compared to a 1.2% positivity rate for men, and a 0.2% positivity rate for women [DHSP, August 2014].

The extreme discrimination and stigma that transgender women face creates a social context that places them at risk for HIV infection. This includes loss of employment and poverty, being denied medical and other services, and being victimized by violence and abuse. A pageant format provides a culturally appropriate and appealing venue in which to educate and empower the community.

What are the Goals of QUEST?
Through QUEST, we seek to empower transgender men and women with information on HIV transmission and prevention. Additionally, we honor and recognize positive role models who advocate for and support the transgender community. QUEST creates a sense of community to counteract the stigma that leads to low self-esteem and high-risk behaviors among transgender men and women.

Buy your tickets for QUEST 2016 today!

Click here to check out our article coverage of QUEST 2012 or the full video of QUEST 2012 below:

How can I apply to be a part of QUEST 2016?

All interested applicants must submit the following by October 30, 2015 for committee review. A submitted application does not guarantee a place in the event. Please follow all directions on the application form.

1. Complete the Application Form: Quest 2016 – Candidate Application – Due 10.30.2015
2. Sign the Consent and Release Form (see page 5); and Rules and Regulations Form (see page 6).
3. Send the following with the application form:

CANDIDATE ESSAY
On one page, answer one of the following two statements: (see page 4)
1) Write about a personal accomplishment in your life that has affected you as a transgender person.
2) Describe how you been of service to the transgender community.

APPLICATION FEE ($100)
Application fee will be waived for current and former clients of APAIT’s programs. Check and money orders, payable to APAIT/SSG, are accepted forms of payment. PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH. Credit card payments may be made by clicking the BUY TICKETS button at www.apaitonline.org/quest-2016.

PHOTOGRAPH
Please submit one color photo, no smaller than 4”x 6”. Head shot or half body are both acceptable. Photo must be clear. Filtered or altered photographs are not acceptable.
Photograph will be used for the application review process, preliminary judging, and print/video materials related to the event.

A copy of the photograph may also be e-mailed to Destin Cortez, destinc@apaitonline.org. E-mailed photos must be at least 300dpi resolution.
NOTE: All photographs submitted become the property of APAIT and will not be returned. Remember, photos must be clear and not smaller than 4”x6”.

All letters, forms, payment, and photograph should be postmarked no later than October 30, 2015 and mailed to:

APAIT
Attn: QUEST Candidate Coordinator
1730 West Olympic Blvd. Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Application forms and personal statements may be sent by fax to (213) 553-1833 or e-mailed to destinc@apaitonline.org.

 

laprideAPAIT Staff and Volunteers pose with Congresswoman Judy Chu at LA! Pride before marching in the parade.

Los Angeles, CA – Held every year in West Hollywood, APAIT participated in this year’s LA! Pride with more spirit than ever.  An APAIT booth was set up for Saturday and Sunday that provided HIV testing to the festival participants. Over 288 people stopped by APAIT’s booth to receive a 1-minute Rapid HIV Test.

On Sunday, APAIT participated in the parade under the theme of ‘unity’. It was there at the parade where APAIT unveiled their new LA Pride t-shirts, designed by Justin Chang. Congresswoman Judy Chu led the way by riding in APAIT’s vehicle. We further represented ourselves by dancing in the streets of West Hollywood to a number choreographed by Jonathan Ilano and Daniel Nguyen, with a human rainbow flag following behind. Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to march with us.

See you all next year!

VIBE+ WAD Flyer

World AIDS Day Community Forum on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at APAIT (1730 W. Olympic Blvd., #300, Los Angeles, CA 90015)

Special Guest Speaker: Neva Chauppette (Psy.D.,)

Learn more about APAIT’s free community services, including Housing, Mental Health, Food Pantry, Patient Navigation, Transportation, Social Support, and Linkage to Care for HIV-positive  individuals, 18-29 years of age.

Please RSVP by 11/26/14 with Leticia Nichols (email) or by phone (213-375-3830 ext. 1802)

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Calling all Women! It’s time to be proactive about your overall well-being

APAIT is hosting an open house on March 6, 2014, from 12-4 p.m. at 1730 W. Olympic Blvd, Suite #300, Los Angeles, CA 90015. Speakers will include Dr. Neva Chaupette, Tony Madril, Taryn Feuerberg, and Maya Jafer. Learn more about APAIT’s free programs for women, including life coaching, outreach and prevention, group and individual therapy for women of color with substance abuse issues and traumatic experiences, individual counseling, housing and benefits counseling, low cost medical care, and HIV testing.

For more information, please call us at (213) 375-3835. There will be free validated parking behind the building on Burlington Ave.

Download this flyer (JPG)

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American Heart Association’s mascot, Ticker,
with APAIT Health Center’s Research Analyst, Sam Ou, offering fresh produce as incentives for free heart checks.

Stroke and heart disease are the number one killer in America.  To bring awareness to this important health issue, February is known as American Heart Month.

On February 14th, Valentine’s Day, APAIT Health Center did its part by introducing “Everyone Has A Heart,” a community event to encourage heart health.  Working with The American Heart Association (AHA) and the USC Keck Medical Center, APAIT Health Center and CORE Community Health Center provided free heart checks to clients and area residents.  Over seventy-five people came by to screen their hypertension and check their blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

To encourage a healthy lifestyle, fresh fruit and vegetables were distributed to those who completed a health check.

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Johanna Padilla Wins APAIT Health Center’s 10th Annual Quest Pageant on December 15

December 15, 2012

Los Angeles, CA—Johanna Padilla became the winner of APAIT Health Center’s ground-breaking Quest Advocacy Pageant. Quest encourages the development and advancement of transgenders and celebrates the uniqueness and diversity of the transgender community.

“Ms. Padilla is only 21 years old, the youngest Quest titleholder we’ve had,” said Jury Candelario, CEO of APAIT Health Center. “She is the epitome of a new generation of transpeople who’ll be leading the LGBT community.”

Thirteen women representing various organizations supporting transgenders shared the stage on December 15th. However, Johanna Padilla representing Survivors’ Truth was named Quest: Woman of the Year, 2012. Her organization Survivors’ Truth “creates media projects that support the recovery of groups affected by violence or discrimination and raise awareness among a larger audience.”

There was an array of distinguished judges at the event, including Mike Ai, a Legislative Aide from the LA Mayor’s office and James Gilliam, Deputy Executive Director of the ACLA of Southern California.

According to Mr. Gilliam, “It was an honor to serve again as a judge for APAIT Health Center’s 2012 Quest Woman of the Year pageant, an event that empowers transgender women to be advocates for themselves and their community. I know firsthand from my representation of young, transgender students that the societal struggles these women sometimes face are overcome by the personal resilience they develop when standing up for themselves. Quest helps these young women accomplish that goal with glitz and style.”

The evening also honored transgender leaders Karina Samala and Asia Vitale. Van Ness Recovery House received the first-ever Alexis Rivera Courage-in-Leadership award, named after the first Quest Winner. Alexis Rivera passed away earlier this year.

The main goals of Quest are: 1) empower the male-to-female transgender (MTF TG) community with information on HIV transmission and prevention; 2) provide positive role models and a sense of community to counteract the stigma that leads to low self-esteem and high-risk behaviors among this population; 3) train MTF TG advocates and role models on issues of HIV; and 4) disseminate information regarding APAIT Health Center services into the community.

Fab Fashion, Food and Fun To Celebrate APAIT Health Center’s 25th Anniversary Fundraiser

Los Angeles, CA. – Los Angeles’s newest primary care health clinic celebrated 25 years of community service, which includes providing HIV/AIDS services to diverse communities in Southern California. This year’s fundraiser also marked a major milestone as the organization celebrated its efforts to provide an array of primary care health services to multicultural and underserved residents of Los Angeles.

CBS News Reporter Juan Fernandez and Actress Tamlyn Tomita (Glee, the Joy Luck Club) hosted this year’s gala at the glamorous and historical Vibiana in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Serving as Honorary Host Co-Chairs for the event were Congresswoman Dr. Judy Chu (27th Congressional District) and popular Korean-American actor John Cho of Harold and Kumar and Star Trek movie fame. Filipino-American actor Alec Mapa, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard and Johnson & Johnson were honored.

And what would a celebration be without food and music? The evening featured food from some of LA’s best chefs. Scrumptious meals and mouthwatering desserts were catered by Maison Akira, Crepes Sans Frontieres, Starry Kitchen and Big Man Bakes. Drinks were provided by Rosalynd Winery, Angel City Brewery and Midsummer Cellars. Musical entertainment was provided by Grammy award-winning local band Ozomatli, whose music is described as “a notorious urban-Latino-and-beyond collision of hip hop and salsa, dancehall and cumbia, samba and funk, merengue and comparsa, East LA R&B and New Orleans second line, Jamaican ragga and Indian raga.”

A fashion show was part of the evening with collections from emerging and established designers Seng, Cody Sai, Madisonpark Collective, Sharlenne Chen, Songthai Gi and Andrew Christian.

All funds raised directly benefit APAIT Health Center and its historic and expanding vision to advocate, educate, and achieve optimal health and wellbeing for medically underserved communities. The vision of APAIT Health Center takes on more significance as it transitions into an entity it’s always wanted to be: a center for primary medical care, including pediatric and women’s health services. Upcoming changes to federal health laws it will place the health center on the front lines of delivering health care services to those in need.

APAIT Health Center has traditionally been Southern California’s largest provider of HIV/AIDS services to the Asian and Pacific Islander communities. It started off as a small volunteer run group in 1987 and is now a million dollar non-profit primary health clinic with offices in Downtown Los Angeles and Orange County. It maintains a staff of over twenty people providing services ranging from preventing HIV infection to directly working with medically underserved clients to better their lives. Last year, approximately 10,000 individuals were reached.

Sponsorship and ticket opportunities for the gala are available online by visiting www.apaitonline.org. For additional information, please contact Peter Cruz at peterc@apaitonline.org or call (213) 553-1871.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 25, 2012

Contact: Noel Alumit
noela@apaitonline.org
(213) 553-1874

Elizabeth Wu
elizabethw@apaitonline.org
(213) 572-0478