Every month, AQUA DC hosts many events to bring together gay, bisexual, and queer Asian and Pacific Islander (API) men and transgender folks to meet like-minded friends and build community through support, visibility and action.

Upcoming events:

  • Spill the Tea event – September 2018 ← RSVP
    • Friday, September 21 | 6:30pm-8:30pm
    • Teaism Penn Quarter | 400 8th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20004
    • NOTE: This space is intended for people who identify as queer and trans Asians & Pacific Islanders.
  • AQUA DC & LULAC Lambda Community Mixer ← RSVP
    • Tuesday, October 2 | 5:30pm-7:30pm
    • Taco Bamba | 777 I Street NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20001
    • This event is open to anyone

For the latest events, visit our events page on Facebook.



API Queer Support Group:
A support group and safe space for the Asian and Pacific Islander Queer Community every first Thursday of the month beginning at 7:00 PM at the D.C. Center for the LGBT Community. The support group is co-sponsored by APIQS (Asian Pacific Islander Queer Society DC) and AQUA (Asian & Pacific Islander Queers United for Action DC).

Please note that this event is a closed space and only for individuals who identify as queer and Asian and/or Pacific Islander.

Upcoming 2018 support group meetings:
-September 6
-October 4
-November 1
-December 6

“Spill the Tea”:
Join your friendly neighborhood gaysians for monthly tea, socializing, and good conversations, and learn more about AQUA DC and our upcoming events at Teaism in Penn Quarter. This event occurs every third Friday of the month.

Find us downstairs by the koi pond! This is our monthly social event series—join us to let us know what you’d like to see.

Upcoming 2018 Spill the Tea events:
-September 21 (tentative)
-October 19 (tentative)
-November 16
-December 21



Join fellow AQUA DC members on local hikes. Previous trips have been at Great Falls, the Billy Goat Trail, and Shenandoah National Park.

This fall of 2018, some AQUA DC members are playing kickball through the non-profit D.C. Stonewall Kickball. If you’re feeling awesome, you can come support your fellow AQUA-rians on Sundays starting September 9, 2018 through November 9, 2018 at Stead Park. If you’d like to play kickball in the next season, please let us know!

Dragon Boat Racing:
In spring of 2018, AQUA DC members re-formed Out2Paddle, a recently dormant LGBT API dragonboat team, with the support of the DC Dragon Boat Club. Sponsored and supported by the D.C. government’s MOAPIA (Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs), we paddled in the 250m and 500m races in June. We came away with a gold medal in the 250m A-minor division, a bronze in the 500m A-major division, and the Government Open trophy!

We anticipate paddling again in spring of 2019. If you are interested, please let us know!