- What's Up Asia? 2013 EditionFri, May 24, 2013
What is QAY?
We provide social spaces for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, queer, curious, undecided, or questioning East and Southeast Asian youth and their friends. QAY: Queer Asian Youth, is an initiative of ACAS: Asian Community AIDS Services in Toronto, Canada.
QAY established in 2000 and our first regular event happened in that January. Regular QAY Events include the famous Bubble Tea Lounge, Movie Nites, Games Nites, and some women-only events. Events usually attract from 30 to 80 people, and there are always many new people who come for the first time!
In July 2003, We also held a 4-day gathering called F3(Facts for Friction): A Queer Asian Youth Conference in Toronto.
And what exactly is ACAS?
ACAS is a charitable, non-profit, community-based organization that provides HIV/AIDS education, prevention, and support services to the East and Southeast Asian Canadian communities. These programs are based on a pro-active and holistic approach to HIV/AIDS and are provided in a collaborative, empowering, and non-discriminatory manner.
ACAS is very cool! ACAS has been running QAY for over 10 years! ACAS tries to prevent HIV through empowering, and de-isolating Queer East and Southeast Asian Youth, by building social support networks. Check out our programs for Youth, Women, and MSM (Men who have Sex with Men) if you’re curious to find out more!
QAY Facebook Group
In Summer 2007, we also expand our reach to Facebook and have our own facebook group! If you are interested in joining QAY Facebook Group, contact Meza, the Youth Education & Outreach Coordinator, at email@example.com for more info!
If you would like more information about QAY or ACAS, feel free to contact Meza, the Youth Education & Outreach Coordinator:
By e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
By phone: (416) 963-4300 ext. 229
Or come to ACAS (QAY headquarters!). Regular office hours are Monday-Friday, 10:30am -6pm.
ACAS Office Address:
260 Spadina Avenue, unit 410, Toronto, ON M5T 2E4