About Us


Asian and Pacific Islander Queers United for Action (AQUA D.C.) is a volunteer-based organization that strives to promote the positive identity and general welfare of the gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning male-identified 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. AQUA’s primary focus is to serve the gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning API male community in the DC area.

At its core, AQUA:

  • Provides a safe and supportive space for gay, bisexual, queer and questioning API male-identified individuals and transgender individuals to talk about the issues impacting their lives.
  • Raises the visibility of LGBTQ API people by tackling issues of race in the LGBTQ community and homophobia 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