Asexual Awareness Week, a week to recognize and celebrate individuals who identify as asexual, began yesterday and will run through Oct. 26.
Occurring in conjunction with LGBT History Month, the initiative "seeks to educate about asexual, aromantic, demisexual, and grey-asexual experiences and to create materials that are accessible to our community and our allies around the world."
Asexuality is an often invisible and delegitimized way of identifying, with many asexual individuals claiming that the world frames their lack of sexual attraction as a characteristic of being "broken." In the above video celebrating Asexual Awareness Week, several participants vocalize their frustrations surrounding public perception of their identity.
"I would love to see a future in which asexuality is automatically included in the known sexual orientations instead of just being thrown a bone once in awhile," noted one participant. "This would involve inclusion in mainstream media, coverage in sex-ed curricula, representation in any kind of survey that cover sexual orientation -- always have a box to check anywhere and everywhere that sexual orientation is relevant."
Check out the video above for some personal perspectives about what it means to be an asexual person and to discover what Asexual Awareness Week is all about.
Have questions about asexuality or want to become involed in Asexual Awareness Week? Head on over to this website for more information.