The Asexual Portraits Collaboration Project shares the experience of asexual and asexual-spectrum people from all walks of life. The clip is particularly captivating in its silence: as each person or couple appears, a quote attributed to them appears on the screen, with just a simple music box chiming occasionally.
The statements are incredibly personal and quite riveting.
"Some people have never understood my asexuality no matter how clearly I explained it," one of the clip's subjects says. "Some have tried to change and fix it. But I've always liked to say that if you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything."
Added another: "It seems like everyone knows or wants to know about your sexual feelings than yourself."
The project was the brainchild of Amy Liang, who told The Huffington Post that she was inspired by Humans of New York as well as Laia Abril's Asexuals project in her goal to "showcase the human [experience] behind the label."
"Asexuality isn't just some fad or trend or inconsequential label," she said. "It's an aspect of many people's lives -- a small aspect, but still an aspect -- and it shapes how we see and experience the world. And I wanted to capture that."
The project "has made me feel more grounded to the asexual community as a whole," she said. "I feel like I'm telling these people's stories, as if I carry this responsibility to do it justice because they barred their souls to the world."
Bravo, Amy, for this incredible project!
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