It's Friday and that means we've got another Poll Position topic for you to consider.
Our question this week was inspired by a recent HuffPost Gay Voices blog entitled "Does Asexuality Fall Under the Queer Umbrella?" by Allison Hope.
Although asexuality denotes the absence of sexuality, potentially differentiating it from the more visible sexual minorities (at least in terms of society's commonly held beliefs about them), in recent years the queer umbrella has extended to include not just sexual orientations but gender identities, as well, and could very well embrace another enclave. If you look at the religious root of homophobia, the belief that what cannot procreate is evil, and consider that asexuals by definition are not in the business of making babies, then you might agree that in that respect alone they could easily hop on the queer bandwagon.
And asexuals aren't the only group that some believe should also exist under the queer umbrella right alongside lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Others have argued for the inclusion of the polyamorous (those who are interested in relationships of one type or another with more than one partner), those with sexual interests that are often seen as taboo by the general population (BDSM/submission/leather/latex/etc), and others, even if they consider themselves heterosexual.
But some are uncomfortable with including these groups and worry that if they are considered "queer" as well, it will distract or misdirect attention away from securing rights and recognition for more traditionally defined queer people.So, we want to know what you think. Vote below and then sound off in the comments section.