Metro Weekly

Asian Queers United for Action (AQUA)

A Community Profile

Members of AQUA at the
group’s monthly happy hour

(Photo by Michael Wichita)

Mission: To promote a positive image and welfare for queer Asians and Pacific Islanders (API).

Founded: 1997

Members: Approximately 80

How to Join: Complete a membership application, which you can find on the web site or at one of the group’s happy hours. Full members pay $12 per year and ally members pay $8 per year. Full membership is for self-identified queer API only.

Background: After coming out in 1993, AQUA co-chair Kevin Lee was “looking for a venue that provided support for myself and other API.” Lee says his experience with AQUA has been just that — especially the closed-door “rap sessions” where full members are free to discuss concerns about body image and, “embracing beauty just the way we are.”

Contact: Check out the web site or e-mail for more information.

Next Event: Monthly happy hour on Wednesday, February 4, at 30 Degrees Lounge from 6:30 to 8 p.m.