Welcome to Shades of Yellow!   

Shades of Yellow (SOY) is the first and only Hmong Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) nonprofit organization in the world that works to provide support, education, advocacy, and leadership development to Hmong/Asian Pacific Islander (HAPI) LGBTQ and allies. SOY is made up of a diverse group of community members, constituents, and allies.  

Our mission is to cultivate a community of empowered Hmong LGBTQ and allies to challenge what we've known and ignite positive cultural and social change. Our vision is a world where Hmong LGBTQ and allies are liberated and celebrated for who we are.    

We are based out of St. Paul, MN. SOY is unique in that we are the only Hmong LGBTQ organization in the world, thus we make an effort to have an online presence to reach out to other Hmong-API LGBTQ across the country.     

Join SOY for our 2015 Annual Pride Picnic!

SOY is hosting our 2015 Pride Picnic! This event will include games, arts and crafts, food, friends and fun. This is a family friendly event to celebrate our queer and trans Hmong, Asian and Pacific Islander family! Allies are welcome, but please remember that this is a safer space for trans and queer people of color to gather in community.

We will be having this event at Harriet Island Regional Park in St Paul. For more information, click here.

SOY won Quorum's 2015 Non-Profit of the Year Award! 

We are proud to announce that the Twin Cities Quorum awarded Shades of Yellow the 2015 "Non-profit of the Year" award during Quarum's Annual Community Leadership Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 14th, 2015.

To celebrate this accomplishment, SOY joined businesses and community leaders who are working to create a fully inclusive economy, workplace and society in Minnesota.

Doing some summer cleaning? Got some books to give away? 

SOY is seeking donations of books as it relates to the LGBTQI identities and/or Hmong/Asian/Pacific Islander identities! 
Please feel free to drop them off at SOY's office. If you have more than 15 books, please contact us for possible pick up.

995 University Ave W #215
Saint Paul, MN 55104

Contact to set up a drop off or pick up time.


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Donate Via Check

If you would like to support Hmong LGBTQ communities, you can send your tax-deductible donation via check to SOY, made out to our fiscal sponsor: "Hmong American Partnership" re: SOY to 995 University Ave. West, #215, St. Paul, MN 55104.

Donate Via Credit Card

SOY is unable to process credit card donations through this website. If you would like to donate via Credit Card please contact us at for further instructions.


SOY would like to acknowledge Hmong American Partnership (HAP) for being a wonderful Fiscal Agent to SOY. Most
importantly, we want to thank HAP for being a great ally to the work SOY is committed to do.
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