Executive Director of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
Glenn D. Magpantay, Esq. is one of the nation’s foremost gay Asian leaders and long-time activists having been organizing in the LGBT community for nearly 25 years.
He is the Executive Director of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), a national federation of Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender organizations, where he oversees the organization’s trainings, advocacy on immigrants’ rights, and visibility and family acceptance campaign. His efforts were recognized by the Walter & Evelyn Haas, Jr. Fund with their 2017 award for Outstanding LGBTQ Leadership for Immigrants’ Rights.
He brings to this work over a decade of working with local LGBT API groups. He is a former co-chair of the Gay Asian & Pacific Islander Men of New York, a political, educational, social, and peer-support group. He organized the first ever testimony before The White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islander in 2000. In 1994, he spoke at the National March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation. He was named as one of INSTINCT MAGAZINE’S “25 Leading Men of 2004,” in the magazine’s Nov. 2004 power issue.
Before taking the helm of NQAPIA, Glenn was a nationally recognized civil rights attorney at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. He is an authority on the federal Voting Rights Act and expert on Asian American political participation, including bilingual ballots, election reform, minority voter discrimination, multilingual exit polling, and census. AALDEF has also filed briefs with federal and state courts in support of same-sex marriage and civil rights for lesbians and gays.
He has published a dozen scholarly legal articles, authored reports, and has given commentary to numerous media outlets including the Washington Post, MSNBC-TV, NBC Asian America, and The Advocate. He blogs on the Huffington Post: Queer Voices.
Glenn chairs the LGBT Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of New York. He continues to inspire new legal minds by teaching “Race & the Law” at Brooklyn Law School and “Asian American Civil Rights” at Hunter College/ CUNY.
Glenn attended the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook on Long Island, and as a beneficiary of affirmative action, graduated cum laude from the New England School of Law, in Boston.