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"I've been embraced by a new community. That's what happens when you're finally honest about who you are; you find others like you."

Chaz Bono


Our Roots

ASAAP was born out of community activism when in 1989, a South Asian couple died unable to access AIDS services in their own language and cultural context. Khush, a group of South Asian queer activists came together and with support from ACT (AIDS Committee of Toronto) formed the South Asian AIDS Coalition.

Initially run by volunteers working out of a makeshift workspace in a garage, to being housed at ACT, the South Asian AIDS Coalition became the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention in 1995 after being incorporated as an independent AIDS Service Organization.

Today, the need for multi-lingual HIV/AIDS related services is just as important as it was over 25 years ago. And the importance of situating HIV within a culturally appropriate framework is vital for prevention education and support services to have a meaningful impact.

ASAAP`s work is focused on areas that many South Asians find uncomfortable facing, such as sexuality, sexual health and homophobia. The shame and guilt associated with conversations on sexual health impede access to information and fuel our work even today.


Upcoming Events

  • Fri, Oct 09
    Employment Webinar for Newcomers
    Oct 09, 2020, 6:00 PM EDT
    Employment Webinar for Newcomers
  • Sun, Feb 16
    Location is TBD
    Feb 16, 2020, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST
    Location is TBD
    A support space for South Asian guys who like guys
  • Sat, Feb 15
    Location is TBD
    Feb 15, 2020, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST
    Location is TBD
    A support space for Cis, Trans, Bi and Queer guys who like guys
  • Fri, Feb 14
    The Drink
    Feb 14, 2020, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
    The Drink, 459 Church St 2nd floor, Toronto, ON M4Y 2C5, Canada



120 Carlton St, Suite 212, Toronto, ON, M5A 4K3




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