30 Runners/Walkers Help Make the ACAS ScotiaRun 2016 the Most Successful One Yet!

On behalf of the Board and staff at ACAS, we would like to thank our runners/walkers for their dedication, energy, and commitment, and the generosity of our donors for making this year’s charity fundraising challenge the most successful and best one yet—raising a whopping $24,226.00!!
For our sixth year taking part at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5k, we had a contingent of 30 registered runners/walkers and 7 teams competing for the top team prize. While all of our teams raised more than $1,000 each, our top grossing team is once again Team CelebrAsian. Under Dr. Alan Li’s leadership, Team CelebrAsian has raised a whopping $11.615! Special shout-outs to our fastest runner Anthony Ku Ong for completing the 5k under under 23 minutes, and our half-marathoner and past ACAS Executive Director, Keith Wong!
While our initial goal of $20,000 has been reached, the online donations will be live until Friday, October 28, 2016, at 5pm. This means you can still seek out sponsors and help us raise even a bigger amount.  You can make a one-time online donation to ACAS here:
As ACAS has been negatively impacted by recent decisions on funding reallocations by Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), every bit of your support would help. Thank you very much in advance for your continual support to ACAS.

ACAS September Month in Review

Fun, Food, and a Good Cause at the Second Annual Fabulous Feast!

Noulmook Sutdhibhasilp, and Richard Utama hosted an authentic Thai dinner as part of our efforts to to raise funds for 2016 ACAS Toronto Waterfront Marathon Charity Challenge on September 24, 2016. Over 25 guests attended this very special and intimate event, and savored many wonderful dishes including authentic Thai curries, Son in law eggs, Thai Esaan sausage, Classic Thai desserts, and a mysterious dish you can’t taste in any Thai restaurant here. We would like to thank our team of volunteers, chefs, and sponsors who prepared such an amazing dinner for a good cause!

Welcome ACAS Volunteers

ACAS relies heavily on our dedicated team of volunteers for our daily operations, and we are excited to welcome our new group of volunteers to the ACAS family. On September 10, we had a successful round of volunteer training where new volunteers learned about HIV 101, Anti-Oppression, Boundaries and Confidentiality, and Trans 101. The new volunteers also got a special opportunity to hear about some lived experiences of people living with HIV. Welcome!

Speed dating, QAY Style

Look at this group of beautiful people! Thank you to everyone who came to our Speed friending/Board games event last night!  Everyone had fun and made great connections with a special safe space for Queer Asian Youth. Anticipate more fun, exciting and thought-provoking events from QAY in the future!
If you have any suggestions on what you want to see QAY do, please e-mail our Youth Program Coordinator, Gabriel Bacani, at youth@acas.org. All QAY events are organized for its members, so feedback and suggestions would be very much appreciated :-
Hope to see all of you again!

Thailand, Thailand: Migrant Famer Outreach at Thai Migrants Sports Day and ACAS International Youth Interns to Thailand

Early this September, our ACAS International Youth Interns, Som and Thompson ACAS, outreached to migrant workers with the ACAS Men’s Program staff team at the Thai Migrants Sports Day in Thamesville prior to their departure to Thailand. The two amazing youth also received their pre-departure training for the International Youth Internship Program hosted by ICAD ( Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development) in Ottawa  early September). Som and Thompson will be working with the Thai National AIDS Foundation in Bangkok.

Queer Asian Women Coming Out Discussion

On Friday September 9th, the ACAS Women’s Program hosted a Coming Out Discussion for Queer Asian Women (trans and cis) as well as female bodied non-binary folks. At the event, QAWs discussed and shared experiences about coming out, including: Coming out to your family & friends, at school/workplace, coming out for trans women, coming out as an Asian women, and how to recognize and overcome internalized homophobia.

QAY and the Shimmerellas Outreach at U of T


 QAY and the Shimmer Project outreached at U of T’s LGBTOUT Meet ‘n’ Greet!! Our QAY and Trans Women’s Program team were able to meet many students as well as connect with other great organizations. QAY’s next outreach will be at York University, October 3rd (Glendon campus) and October 5th (Keele Campus) from 10am – 2pm! Come and join us! If you want to come and do outreach with us or know of any outreach opportunities, you contact us at youth@acas.org!

ACAS in the Press: ACAS launches multilingual brochures for trans youth and their families in 2017


“How one organization is fighting transphobia in Asian communities”
Asian Community AIDS Services will launch multilingual brochures for trans youth and their families in 2017
Thank you Daily Xtra for the feature!

Have you ordered the #WET2017 Calendar? 


This sizzling calendar featuring real Asian men and real bodies are making a buzz once again. Help support this project with funds going towards ACAS to continue our work by ordering the #WET2017 Calendar on indiegogo igg.me/at/wet2017 before October 31!
Thank you DailyXtra for sponsoring #WET2017 and helping ACAS promote this special effort on Squirt.org!
You can watch our special WET2017 Calendar behind-the-scenes video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PsYxX24vwI
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For more information about the #WET2016 Calendar, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/WET2017/