Southern Nevada Asian Pacific Islander Queer Society (SNAPIQS)

What is SNAPIQS?

The Southern Nevada Asian Pacific Islander Queer Society (SNAPIQS) envisions a powerful LGBT*, queer, gender-nonconforming, and transgender individuals of Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American community that is seen, heard, and celebrated.

June 2020, SNAPIQS came together to celebrate pride month and to build a community through advocacy, inclusion, and love. We hope you join us in our mission!

Our Mission

The Southern Nevada Asian Pacific Islander Queer Society (SNAPIQS) serves all Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions (SOGI/E or LGBT*) in the Southern Nevada region. Through social and cultural activities, education, mentorship, awareness, and advocacy, we aim to create an inclusive, affirming, and empowering community.

SNAPIQS became a federation member of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) + Nevada Minority Health & Equity Coalition (NMHEC) since 2020. 

Resources on Website

  • COVID-19 Resources
  • Mental Health Resource
  • Combat Anti-Asian Violence

Donating, Volunteering, Reporting Hate Incidents

Here's How to Help Combat Anti-Asian Violence

Over the past year, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have reported nearly 3,800 hate incidents, according to new data from the nonprofit Stop AAPI Hate reporting center -- and this number is likely only a fraction of the crimes that actually occur. The attacks, including verbal harassment, shunning, physical attacks, civil rights violations and online harassment, target women more than men, the data found. Just this week, shootings at two massage parlors in Atlanta left eight people dead, six of them women of Asian descent.

The rise in hate-based attacks over the past year has coincided with the spread of the coronavirus and with former President Donald Trump's statements blaming China for the pandemic -- rhetoric that includes terms like "China Virus" or "Kung Flu" and that contradicts guidance from the World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you'd like to do something to help support the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, we've collected a list of resources, including educational tools, ways to report incidents, and contact info for organizations accepting donations.

Stop AAPI Hate

This nonprofit, created in March 2020, tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the US. It also offers multilingual resources for community members, and advocates for local, state and national policies that reinforce human rights and civil rights protections.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice

This organization's mission is to advance civil and human rights for Asian Americans, to build a more fair and equitable society, through education, litigation and public policy advocacy. 

Hate Is a Virus

This grassroots organization launched in April 2020 as a response to the rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans due to the pandemic. It raises money to help a number of community organizations nationwide and runs virtual education events. 

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund

This organization provides legal services for cases that have major impacts on the Asian American community and for community-based organizations; conducts free multilingual legal advice clinics for low-income people and new immigrants; and trains students in public interest law.

Support Asian-owned businesses

Many minority-owned businesses were shut out of the federal Paycheck Protection Program designed to help during the pandemic. You can make a difference by choosing to frequent Asian-owned businesses both locally and nationally. Reader's Digest has collected a list of 30 Asian American-owned businesses you can shop from online.

Report an incident

If you're the victim of a hate crime, you should write down every detail as soon as you can, and file a police report, according to the Human Rights Campaign. Asian Americans Advancing Justice has a website where you can report hate incidents (in multiple languages), read reports from others and find legal resources. You can also report incidents on behalf of yourself or someone else in multiple languages on Stop AAPI Hate's site.

If you need mental health support, the Asian Mental Health Collective has a directory of therapists to seek out. You can also call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration free helpline 24/7: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Learn more about the history of Asians in America

This website of Anti-Asian Violence Resources has a number of news articles that can help you understand what's been happening over the past year or so. But the history of racism against people of Asian descent in America goes all the way back to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which prohibited Chinese laborers from entering the US, and it extends to the present day. NBC News has collected a list of anti-racism resources, including books, podcasts, and documentaries to help you understand this complicated history.

Seek out volunteer opportunities

Depending on where you live, you may be able to find some opportunities to volunteer your time to help the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. For example, the Oakland Chinatown Coalition is organizing a volunteer foot patrol to build relationships with community members and clean up the neighborhood. 

In the Community

Community Check-In

A Healing Resource provided by the Southern Nevada Asian Pacific Islander Queer Society (SNAPIQS). SNAPIQS is a family and in times like this, we will be here for each other and our community. Community Corner Check-In will provide a safe place for all LGBTQ+/SOGIE and allies to come together and have a safe space to process.

Please join us Thursday, March 18, 2021, at 6:00 PM Pacific Time on Zoom.

Text SNAPIQS to (833) 447-0415 to obtain Zoom Details

Community Corner