About Us

A group of smiling Asian folks with the AQUA banner at Pride Toronto 2018! [AQUA, aqua, Asian Queer Alliance, Toronto, Canada, AAPI, LGBT, LGBTQQII2S+, Trans, 2-spirit, non-binary, gay, lesbian, community, program, ACAS, QTAY, QAY, outreach, cis and trans femmes, and people of marginalized genders, gender diverse, social, events, workshops]
From Pride Toronto in 2018!

What is AQUA?

AQUA is a space created by and for queer Asians (meaning those identifying as people from Asia, including South and Southeast Asia) of marginalized genders (including cis and trans women, non-binary folks, trans men gender non-conforming, and gender diverse people) in Tkaronto.

What do we do?

We are invested in intersectionality, fostering support, and creating social and educational spaces! This can take the shape of social endeavours like our Pen Pal Project, movie nights, educational workshops, outdoor adventures, dance classes... or anything else you want to suggest to us!

What we're up to right now

While the best way to keep up with what we're doing is checking out our Instagram or mailing list, we're currently getting ready to apply for our next cycle of funding, and are planning for the next year!

We're also always looking for new exciting ways to connect community members, and just recently launched our mailing list and you can always feel free to send us an email with any ideas!

For the most up-to-date summary of what's going on with us in the present moment, visit our Links page! That's where we have all the most immediate stuff all in one place, like event signups, surveys, links to our socials, all that good stuff!

Past Events

Image of the AQUA logo - a chunky, circular wave with rainbow coloured stripes, foam and bubbles breaking on top, encircling bold teal letters with curls, swooshes, and accents - on top of a neutral peach background. [AQUA, aqua, Asian Queer Alliance, Toronto, Canada, AAPI, LGBT, LGBTQQII2S+, Trans, 2-spirit, non-binary, gay, lesbian, community, program, ACAS, QTAY, QAY, outreach, cis and trans femmes, and people of marginalized genders, gender diverse, social, events, workshops]a photo of a computer screen where one half of the screen has a piece of paper with a drawing of a face with a silly mouth, the other half of the screen has many queer asian faces in video chat boxesa dancer in a studio does an amazing move where her head and shoulder are on the ground and her legs are balanced in the air. behind her, in the mirror, we see workshop participants!A class of workshop participants are in a dance studio in front of a mirror on all foursDance workshop participants are against a wall with legs apart and hands up over their heads, arms extended.4 cyclists are shown travelling down a path away from the photographer, who is also on a bikeQueer Asian friends on an industrial beach with bricks worn smooth by nature are smiling together in the rainTwo banners, one on top of the other, read "AQUA / Asian Queer Alliance" and "Pride for all, all for pride". on either side are 12 queer asians.A wooden float festooned with pink balloons and pink lanterns supports ACAS/QTAY/AQUA members!In the snow, a group of queer asians holds the AQUA banner - a blue piece of cloth that reads "AQUA/Asian queer aliiance"At Pride 2018, a group of queer asians holds the AQUA banner - a blue cloth that reads "AQUA - Asian queer alliance"Members of αΚΔΦ, along with AQUA members , hold their hands in the shape of a dog shadow puppet and present a dildo and anatomical modelACAS members surround a table with information, to the side is a large ACAS banner.on a projector screen, an image with the cover for the Shimmer Project is shown. An Asian woman in the foreground gestures towards the screen.behind the ACAS banner are a group of queer asians at the dyke march in torontoA group of queer asians are gathered around a round wooden table and proudly present their candles, housed in little glass jars.Two blue candles in jars sit on a wooden table. they have little ribbon bows around them, along with nametagsSurrounded by pink flowers and holding a banner with cur out pink letters reading "PINK DOT" are a group of queer asiansThe ACAS booth at the 519 Volunteer Fair, with information and pens on the table, and wooden structures with a banner holding flyers. Two smiling volunteers sit behind it.Two volunteers are presenting to a group, one has a condom rolled over three fingers of one hand after forgetting a model to demonstrate withOn the floor, on a garbage bag, two people work together to massage the dirt off an unpotted plant.

Who Are We?

We are always changing, adapting, shapeshifting and evolving, but here's who we are and what we look like in this moment right now. Please send us an email if you'd like to be involved with AQUA!

joon lee, ji-yoon lee

Joon | she/they

"I am a queer 2nd gen Korean living in Toronto who makes a living out of mental health counselling. I'm currently making a career transition into nursing. I am at my best when I make time to read, tend my garden, and with my halmoni (grandmother)."

jamie wong

Jamie | she/her

"My parents are from HK and am lesbian who can speak but can't read or write (canto). Still figuring out how to get paid doing what I love but what I do know is: I want to be outside/in water, trees, public health and my cats. Currently thinking about She-ra. I am a strong believer that small is good."

veronica michelle, veronica ing

Veronica | they/her

"I'm a queer child of the Cantonese diaspora, a Scorpio sun/Aquarius moon, artist, and designer. I find joy in playing music, making food, video games as an art form, caring for my pets and plants, and eating ice cream at night."

Jiachen | she/her

"I am a queer Chinese immigrant living in Toronto. I love to foster connections within Toronto's queer asian community and make boring things more efficient. Outside AQUA and my day job at a tech company, I enjoy desserts with an asian twist, all kinds of theatre, taking care of my plants, standup comedy, and making crochet hats for cats and dogs."

Jen | they/them

"Hi my name is Jen and I use they/them pronouns! I’ve been with AQUA since June of 2021, and I love collaborating with the team. I graduated Western University with a degree in Music Education and I will be attending UofT in the fall of 2022 for graduate school. I love cats, crocheting, and bullet journalling!"

AQUA Asian Queer Alliance Toronto Canada AAPI LGBT LGBTQQII2S+ Trans 2-spirit non-binary gay lesbian community program ACAS QTAY QAY outreach cis and trans femmes and people of marginalized genders, gender diverse, social, events, workshops

Thank you

AQUA only exists with the support of our community members, and the support of our funders and donors. Thank you to:

Community One Foundation
Charlie's FreeWheels
Judith Nyman Secondary School
Aesop Skincare
Stories of Ours
Jenna Tenn-Yuk

My Sweetooth Hamilton