ACAS’ Youth Program for East and Southeast Asians aged 16-29 strives to increase education, opportunities, support and resiliency skills (being able to bounce back from adversity) for Asian youth in Toronto in dealing with the various social/health challenges and questions of being LGBTQ+ and of other genders or sexualities.
QAY explores a variety of topics like: sexual health, HIV/AIDS/STI prevention, healthy relationships, anti-oppression, intersectionality, mental health, and harm-reduction. We also have fun socials every month and recreational events! If you have anything you want to explore or pursue that’s related to the LGBTQ+ East and Southeast Asian identity, come and speak to us!
As a program for youth by youth, all our activities are based on a non-judgmental peer education approach. Queer Asian Youth (QAY) is an initiative of the ACAS Youth Program that has been providing social spaces, capacity development, and peer support for LGBTTQQ+, curious and undecided East and Southeast Asian youths and their friends since 2000.
Follow Queer Asian Youth on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for up to date events.
Not out of the closet? Get in touch with the youth coordinator to ask how to join our private Facebook group for QAY.
Youth Program Coordinator
416 963-4300 ext 229
“I’ve only ever thought of myself as “Asian” or “queer,” but not both at the same time… it made me pay more attention to ways in which I’m privileged and ways I’m oppressed.”
“(QAY is) A place where I am whole, I am real and I am not alone.”