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Aromantic, a romantic: Love beyond romance
What It Means To Be 'Aromantic,' According To Aromantic People
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3 Ways Ace and Aro Advocates Built Inclusion at Creating Change
Statement on Aro Underrepresentation on acesandaros.org
The CF Community Must Do Better at Addressing CFers Who Are LGBT+
Columnist Elizabeth Rogers identifies as asexual. She advocates for the need to address topics of sexuality and LGBT+ representation in the CF community.
I'm asexual but didn't know how to tell people until I was 37
One woman recounts her experience of coming out as aesexual, exploring her sexuality and finding diversity even within a small group.
Emmerdale's asexual story will help people like me understand ourselves
A year ago I happened to catch an episode of Emmerdale while visiting my parents. Liv Flaherty, played by Isobel Steele, revealed to her cousin Belle (Eden Taylor-Draper) that she...
What Valentine’s Day Is Like When You're Asexual & Aromantic
Valentine’s Day used to make sense to me. In elementary school, I’d go shopping for Scooby Doo or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed cards with my mother to hand out to my classmates. Although…
If You Feel ‘Meh’ About Falling In Love, You Might Be Aromantic
After Googling "can’t fall in love," Jenny Kschadow learned she was aromantic. If you think you could be, too, this expert definition of aromantic will tell you what it means.
What It's Like to Be Aromantic
I’m not really interested in physical relationships, but not wanting the romantic side hadn't occurred to me until recently
Exploring the gray areas of asexuality - The Pitt News
Asexuality is a sexual orientation, meaning a whole spectrum of sexual attraction exists — not just a void of sexuality.
This Photo Series Captures Asexual Experiences From Around The World
"I want people to understand that asexual people are simply that — people."
"It's a big societal reminder that I'm different" - Valentine's Day when you're asexual or aromantic
Three people who identify as asexual and aromantic explain what V Day is like for them.
Asexual Readers Just Want Ace Characters to Live Full, Diverse Lives On the Page
For asexual (or ace) readers, sexual attraction in a book can — quite literally — be a turn off. “Lots of romance plots don't make sense to me because of the element of sex or physical…
Asexual people have sexual health concerns, too
There are still a lot of misconceptions that not only affect the mental health of
people, but their physical health. “It's not the problem with being ...
When an asexual has sex
It had been half a year since it occurred to me that I didn’t think about sex and other people in key ways.
A look at the Asexual Aromantic Alliance and who they are
When looking at the LGBTQIA+ community at Iowa State, some people may happen to overlook the A. That's why the Asexual Aromantic Alliance was created three years ago, to create
'Nothing about asexuality is abnormal' - teenager speaks out
Emi Salda, 18, is asexual and creates YouTube videos to educate people about the identity shared by 1% of the population.
Asexual People Tell Us What Their Romantic Lives Are Like
“I can look into my girlfriend’s eyes and feel the warmth that anyone in a happy relationship will feel—I just don’t feel that sexual urge to jump someone’s bones," and other stories of ace love.
This is What Asexual Looks Like
When I publicly came out as asexual, I received a lot of support and encouragement, but I also encountered many people who found my identity difficult to believe.
Single doesn’t mean being lonely or alone
Singles can face mistaken stereotypes and value judgments that they are less happy, or lonelier. For many, being single is simply a relationship preference or even an orientation.
This queer film festival reveals the asexuality allegory in The Wizard of Oz
'Dorothy is a child and the tornado that carries her off to Oz represents societal expectation that she will develop a traditional adult sexuality.'
A-spectrum student experiences on MSU’s campus
Research on asexuality is ever-growing. Current numbers indicate asexuals make up approximately 1 percent of people, according to the Asexual Visibility and Education Network.
Victoria Slabinski is Exploring Asexual/Aromantic Theology - E64 • Matthias Roberts
Victoria Slabinski is a queer/demisexual Filipino-American Christian who is currently working towards a Master of Divinity at Yale Divinity School. In this episode, she talks about her work exploring…
As A Woman Who Isn't Interested In Sex, People Want To Know Why I'm On Tinder
People might still raise an eyebrow at me when they hear the Tinder notification sound go off on my phone. But here's what I have to say.
Sex Isn't The Only Goal On Dating Apps, Here's What Else You Can Find
After my first foray into Tinder, I realised there was something we all still needed to try, when it comes to connecting the queer community.
What It's Like To Date When You Don't Experience Sexual Attraction
Asexual people still date, even if they're not that into sex.
Being asexual has nothing to do with being insecure
“You barely see asexual people as it is, let alone a black asexual person.”
Common Ground hosts event for Asexual visibility - The Knox Student
The Common Ground executive board was delighted to have a time and place to celebrate the asexual identity on campus during asexual awareness week. The event “asexuali-tea” resembled “bi-ce…
These artists want to educate you on the 'ace' spectrum for Asexual Awareness Week
Artists online and on Tumblr are creating art, from comics to character reinterpretations, that show the ace spectrum for Asexual Awareness Week.
It’s Time to Start Treating Asexual and Aromantic People Like the Adults We Are
Asexuality is not a phase, and treating it as such infantilizes fully formed adults.
GLAAD Releases Their Annual 'Where We are in TV' Report
More LGBTQ stories are being told on television than ever, but there is still room for improvement.
Why Are Asexual Characters Always White?
What the media sees is just the tip of the iceberg, and that iceberg is overwhelmingly white.
Students at East Carolina University promote asexuality
East Carolina University kicked off Asexuality Awareness Week with its third annual Understanding Asexuality presentation, held in Mendenhall room 221, which discussed myths around asexuality and explained the spectrum.
Tumblr gave me a safe space to come to terms with my asexuality
Scrolling through Tumblr blogs helped this anti-social college student feel less alone in defining her asexuality and Blackness.
Emmerdale to revisit Liv Dingle's asexuality storyline in the run up to Christmas
Producers are returning to the well-received storyline
The 2018 Ace Community Survey is now open!
It’s that time of year again - we are now recruiting participants for the Ace Community Survey! The Ace Community Survey, run by the Ace Community Survey Team, collects valuable information on the…
Asexual People Deserve Better From Our Medical Providers
We are not broken. We do not need to be fixed.
Introducing Aces & Aros
Connect with local communities, find resources, and get involved with the movement!
Why I Find BoJack Horseman’s Depiction of Asexuality Deeply Relatable
'BoJack Horseman' depicts the unique ways in which marginalized people are forced to contend with a world that often doesn’t feel designed for us.
3 people explain what it's really like to be aromantic
Aromantic, or 'aro' people experience sexual and romantic attraction differently. Here's what it's like to be LGBTQ+ and aromantic.
Bay Area asexuals organize to build supportive community
Starting with internet forums and social media, Bay Area asexuals have built a community where they can dispel misconceptions about their sexual orientation and support one another.
The Terrifying Power of ‘Love’ – the Pressure Aromantic People Face
There has to be more focus on romantic pressure and the very real threat of romantic abuse.
Ace and Aro Hospitality Suite is Official at Creating Change 2019
On May 25th, 2017, thirteen asexual activists sent an email petition to Andy Garcia, the Creating Change 2019 conference director,…
Asexual People Can Be Sexually Assaulted Too
Some asexual people say they've been pressured into sex, or assaulted or raped by people trying to "correct" their identities — and afterward, they still aren't believed.
7 things you should know about identifying as aromantic — or not being romantically attracted to others
Some people identity as aromantic, which basically means they aren't romantically attracted to others. Here are common myths and misconceptions (including how it compares to asexuality) and what you need to know about what being aromantic means.
Existing and Defying Stereotypes as an A-spec Disabled Person
To be a good representative for both communities, should I hide that I am disabled, or should I hide that I’m on the asexual/aromantic spectrum?
Creating Ace Space in the Media
We should not be bombarded with messaging that tells us that we are missing a prerequisite to fulfillment and life satisfaction, and that there is something defunct within us.
What It's Actually Like To Come Out As Asexual | MTV UK
Writer Amelia Ace shares her experience...
Making space for aces at Pride
Last weekend, I marched down the cheering streets of San Francisco Pride with other members of the local asexual community
Asexual Disabled People Exist, But Don't Make Assumptions About Us - Rooted in Rights
“How do you have sex?” “Are you even interested in dating?” “Do you have any feeling ‘down there’?” These are…
The Tumblr bloggers building a canon of asexual history
Academics have long ignored the history of asexuality, so online communities are stepping in.
So What Does Good Asexual and Aromantic Representation Look Like?
It is far from just showing a perpetually single character.
We Asked Asexuals About Their Relationship to Pride
After some controversy over “ace” and “poly” inclusion, they told us what queer identity means to them.
3 YA Writers Tell Us Why They Wrote Books With Asexual Protagonists
As soon as the calendar pages swish to June, it feels like a collective voice erupts, shouting, "It's PRIDE, baby!" For those who identify as the "A" of the LGBTQA spectrum — A for "asexual" and "aromantic" — there is an extreme lack of visibility…
Marriage at Ferndale Pride Boosts Visibility of Asexual Community
The couple’s marriage at the event’s main stage fittingly kickstarted the 2018 festival with a message of love and support
The Political Provocations of Asexuality | JSTOR Daily
When forms of female sexual expression are seen as either advancing or harming a larger political project, this immediately casts asexuality in a bad light.
Asexuality is still hugely misunderstood. TV is slowly changing that.
TV is gradually making room for more asexual characters — but few shows are up to the challenge.
For the Love of Books, We Need Stories that Go Beyond Romance and Embrace Aromanticism
Stand Up Magazine spoke to author and sensitivity reader, Claudie Arseneault, on the publishing industry's battle with aromantic representation.
The Ace Flag: A History and Celebration
The ace flag, along with its purple/white/gray/black color scheme, has been the most successful ace symbol in all of history.…
Why It's Not OK That Marginalized Characters Are Almost Never Single In Literature
When was the last time you read a book with an LGBTQIA+ protagonist whose identity wasn’t defined by their romantic…
Online dating isn’t easy — especially when you’re asexual
The struggle to find a match when you’re looking for romance, but not necessarily sex First dates, by and large,…
I'm Aromantic and Asexual — And I Love Valentine's Day
Lauren Jernigan writes on how Valentine's Day helped her come to terms with her aromanticism and asexuality.
SFU becomes first university to offer asexuality studies
The course explored and questioned the central role sex plays in society
Examining the Whiteness of the Ace Community
Although ace visibility is changing, whiteness still dominates the community.
NYC Local Law Amends Definition of Sexual Orientation and Gender
New definition takes broader view and offers more nuanced definition that recognizes a spectrum of sexual orientations, including asexuality and pansexuality
Asexual Authors Speak Out About Representation In Fiction
For a long time, I believed Lai — the main character in my debut YA fantasy novella, Keeper of the Dawn — had no interest in romance. She was too focused on trying to build a life that matched her…
Meet the aromantics: ‘I’m not cold – I just don’t have any romantic feelings’
They’ve been labelled heartless or deluded, but an increasing number of people don’t conform to the concepts of true love and marriage. Though that doesn’t always mean not having sex
Why We Need More Positive Representations Of Asexual Characters On Television
Many of the few asexual-coded characters in mainstream media have been depicted as outcasts or social deviants — and fans hope that Jughead on Riverdale could change that.
‘BoJack Horseman’ Gives Us TV’s First Out-and-Proud Asexual Icon
The fourth season of BoJack Horseman makes history with Todd Chavez, one of the first out-and-proud asexual characters on television.
The truth about identifying as asexual in the Midwest
Kayla Fields was the school prude of Bedford North Lawrence High School. She dated a handful of boys who pursued her, but the relationships never lasted more than a week. It wasn’t that she didn’t…
Asexual People of Color On Their Experiences
Most people can recall the first time they felt some form of sexual attraction. For some people, it was their…
‘Special Snowflake’ My Ass: Why Identity Labels Matter
So when, after scrolling on Facebook for entirely too long the other day, I saw an article on graysexuality, I happily clicked the link. (Graysexuality is an asexual-spectrum orientation that…
Riverdale’s Jughead is no longer asexual, and that’s a problem for fans
The community speaks out
‘There’s someone else just like you’: inside India’s asexuality networks
When Naqshpa* was a teenager, her friends swooned over Hrithik Roshan’s toned muscles and papered their walls with posters of Rahul Dravid. Meanwhile, they called Naqshpa a ‘kid’ because she didn’t…
4 Ways to Promote Positive Asexual Media Representation
No matter whether it’s a work of fiction, an interview, a film, a podcast, or a television show, we don’t get a lot of favourable or accurate media representation. Also, work done by ace creators isn’t well-recognized.
7 Tips for Coming Out as Ace
For the first time, I had shared an identity that deeply resonated with me and it felt like a first step toward being open and honest about myself.
How the internet created the asexual movement
Elena ScottiA decade ago, when Bauer was a high school junior, she felt left out as all of her friends became…
Study on Trans Discrimination Explores Trans Aces
A recently released analysis of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey has shed some much needed light on the experiences of trans and gender non-conforming asexual spectrum individuals.
Reporting Back from Creating Change
January 20th – 24th marked the 29th annual Creating Change, a national conference for LGBTQ+ leaders, activists, and organizers across the United States
The Battle For LGBT Inclusion
This is the fifth part of a six-part series on asexuality, in which we explore the history of the asexual movement, uncover current research on asexuality, debunk common misconceptions and discuss the...