ACAS keeps busy in the heat: July in review

There was no shortage of excitement at ACAS in the hottest month of the year. Post-Pride glitter-clad floors were host to planning for a variety of activities.

We saw plenty of beach action, as Woodbine Beach set the scene for both the Queer Asian Youth sexy beach potluck picnic and the support program‘s picnic, where eighteen Poz folks chowed down on delicious food and had some fun in the sun.

Women’s Program is planning a Community Learning Forum for Asian women in October 2012. The one-day forum will include workshops led by peers and community leaders. You can share knowledge,experiences and skills and to explore the connections between sexuality, relationship, culture and family. The forum will be in English. If you are an East or Southeast Asian woman living in Toronto, we’d love to hear your input and suggestions. Click here to fill out our short anonymous and confidential survey (5 minutes, tops). The survey will be anonymous and confidential.  Thanks for your time and we hope to see you for the forum in October!

At the Asian Bathhouse Night this month, we talked about barebacking and related issues as part of our bathhouse workshop. Can you believe that next month marks seven years of monthly Asian Bathhouse Nights?! Stay tuned for more info on what we’ll be doing to celebrate our anniversary.

We went to farms in Leamington, Hamilton and Toronto to do more outreach with our Migrant Farm Workers Project to Thai migrant farm workers. We handed out condoms and work compensation information brochures from IAVGO (Industrial Accident Victim Group of Ontario).

Our Men’s Program Coordinator, Richard Utama, and our Community Engagement Coordinator, Christian Hui, both attended the International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC. We’re looking forward to hearing about what they learned there.

We’ve started getting organized for the October 14th Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon, where last year we raised 19,000. This year, we’re aiming for 25,000, so get in touch with Christian (community [at] acas.org) to get registered for the ACAS team and start having fun. We’ll be organizing training in August.

ACAS is also proud to announce several new additions to the team! Nikki, our new Administrative Assistant is doing a great job keeping the office under control. Also, at our AGM last week, five new board members were elected and are excited to get started supporting ACAS in our strategic plan. Welcome to Andre Goh, Joel Bansil, Karen Tsang, Paul Cadiente, and Michael Adia!

If you missed it, you can read our 2011 Annual Report we distributed to members at the AGM here. We’ve also uploaded more of our past publications, like our Connection newsletters, and QAY’s Coming Out zine. As well, we’ve dug deep in the archives to give you some real blasts from the past -like our booklet, Looking Beyond, for parents, friends and family of Asian Gay and Lesbian people. Great info that is still relevant for families. We also have Chinese, Japanese and Tagalog versions of Coming Out, and Looking Beyond. They will be available shortly.

Our social media library is growing! July marks the launch of our monthly blogging carnival, where each week we posted volunteer-driven content on July’s theme of Legacy and Leadership: Asians in HIV/AIDS Activism. Plenty of good reading, listening, and watching to be had on this blog, including some translations into East and Southeast Asian languages. Check them out and join the conversation by leaving your thoughts or questions in the comments section under each post. August’s theme is Age, Aging and Desire, and it should be juicy! So be sure to check back here next Monday for the first installment, or simply subscribe by clicking the Follow button to your right and get conveniently updated through email when we publish a new post. If you are interested in contributing, contact volunteer [at] acas.org to sign up.

We also have a new tumblr – acasconversations where we are posting videos, podcasts and news about harm reduction, trans community, and other content relevant to Asian community, PHAs and LGBTQs.

Coming up next month, ACAS IS MOVING! Late August, early September we’ll be relocating to the heart of Chinatown: 260 Spadina Ave, Unit 410,  just south of Dundas. We’ll be sad to say goodbye to the old neighbourhood, but excited to set down new roots. We’ll be posting updates closer to our move day.

For now, come visit us at 17 Isabella St. and say hi!

 

Note: Apologies for the previous mistakes in this post. We are participating in the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon, we are moving to 260 Spadina, and the new board member’s name is Joel Bansil. Updated Aug 2 2012.

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