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.     

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Southeast Asian Freedom Network

SOY is excited to share that we'll be having our first Southeast Asian Freedom Network Convening with 5-6 other awesome Southeast Asian grassroots organization and queer southeast organizations Sept 6 - 8, 2014 in Philly.

SOY hosted the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) Midwest Regional Summit 2014 this past weekend! 

In order to improve local partnerships and build local presence, instead of doing one national meeting, NQAPIA made the decision to hold 5 Regional Summits. Working in partnership with local organizations and planning committee, the regional summits occurred in the following cities: 

April 4-6: Atlanta, Ga
April 11-13: Portland, OR
July 18-20: Philadelphia, PA
July 25-27: Fresno, CA
Aug 15-17: Minneapolis, MN 

Among those present at the NQAPIA Midwest Regional Summit were Shades of Yellow, Freedom Inc, Invisible to Invincible, and Trikone Chicago

Below: SOY with Freedom Inc

Below: Board member Joann took a quick shot of the morning, ready to begin!

Below: SOY Board Member Nhia and Nick welcomes everyone to the Summit during Welcome Reception. 

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. 


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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.

SOY does not yet have a Credit Card payment system hooked to our 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, but most
importantly for being a great ally to the work SOY is committed to do. THANK YOU!!!
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