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 and gender diverse people) in Toronto.
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 on our Instagram or Facebook page, two ongoing projects we have going on presently are our Pen Pal Project and Zero Waste Gift Exchanges. We're presently in the midst of Cycle 2 of our Pen Pal Project and our first Zero Waste Gift Exchange! We're also always looking for new exciting ways to connect community members, so feel free to drop us a line through our contact form or 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!
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:
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 | 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 | they/them
"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."