This course has provided a comprehensive overview of asexuality and aromanticism. By exploring its content, we hope that you’ve gained a solid understanding of asexuality and aromanticism as orientations and that you recognize how other aspects of a person’s identity may contribute to their experience as an ace or aro person.
While asexuality and aromanticism share a lot in common and while there are many people who identify as both ace and aro, the orientations and the communities behind them are distinct. Because ace communities have a longer and more established history of advocacy and organizing than aro communities, there are significant disparities between the level of resources available for each. As both communities grow and work to better meet the needs of the people within them, we hope to see more resources dedicated specifically to aro people.
Local organizing continues to thrive as new community groups pop up each year. Meanwhile, regional collaborations and national initiatives are building toward a unified advocacy movement. All of these efforts, both local and national, have a promising impact on the lives of ace and aro people. Incredible strides have already been made, and we’re just getting started.
While the concepts of asexuality and aromanticism have been observed at various points in history, it wasn’t until the late 90’s that ace and aro communities began forming the language that is now used in this course. It is thanks to the efforts of countless community members who have paved the way that this information is even available.
We would like to specifically acknowledge the efforts of Jessie Huskie, Laura G., Daria, and Brian Langevin in developing this course.
In 2018, at the point this course is being written, the community is still fairly young, and the information provided is a reflection of the language and concepts used at this point in time. As time goes on, this terminology will continue to develop.
There are many more resources to explore, and we encourage you to read the articles linked in each unit to gain a broader understanding. Of course, there are countless articles and resources beyond those that we’ve linked, and you are certain to find content from others in our community that piques your interest.