About Us

Asian and Pacific Islander Queers United for Action (AQUA D.C.) is a volunteer-based organization that promotes the positive identity and general welfare of the gay, bisexual, transgender, and other queer members of the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, through advocacy, coalition building, education, networking, outreach, and support. To achieve this overall vision, AQUA works closely with other API queer organizations in the DC metropolitan area.

At its core, AQUA:

  • Provides a safe and supportive space for transgender and queer API individuals to discuss the issues impacting their lives.
  • Raises the visibility of LGBTQ API people by tackling issues of race in the LGBTQ community and homophobia and transphobia in API communities.
  • Engages in campaigns that advocate for our communities on issues such as, but not limited to: immigration, sexual racism, and transgender exclusion.