April 6, 2022 – International Asexuality Day is a worldwide awareness campaign focused on recognizing the full asexual spectrum. That includes asexual, greysexual, demisexual and all other ace identities. The campaign is also geared towards promoting asexual visibility and giving a voice to a group of people who often get overlooked – or misunderstood.

Many of you may be reading this thinking, “what is asexuality?”, well let us explain. According to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), an asexual – or ace – person is someone who experiences “the lack of a sexual attraction or desire for other people.” Data from The Trevor Project’s 2020 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health shows 1 in 10 queer American youth identify as asexual or on the ace spectrum – Canada does not have any data on asexuality at this time.

Like the word “queer”, asexuality is both an identity on its own and acts as an umbrella term for many other identities. Two common identities within the ace spectrum include:

Demisexual people are people who usually don’t feel sexually attracted to someone until they get to know them. Demisexuals still experience sexual attraction but in a way that centers emotions rather than lust.

Some people use the term graysexual to refer to being somewhere in between asexual and sexual. If you’re graysexual, you sometimes feel sexual attraction but not always. Graysexuality can be further broken down into a few different types including; Sex-repulsed, Indifferent/neutral, Ambivalent, and Sex-interested/sex-favorable.

Like many queer identities, as we talk about and celebrate each identity and those who identify with those terms, more people can find ways to live their true authentic lives. International Asexuality Day was created exactly for this reason – so join Stratford-Perth Pride today as we celebrate all things asexual!

If you’re looking for more information or supports relating to asexuality here are some links:
https://asexualoutreach.org/
https://www.asexuality.org/en/
https://www.queerevents.ca/education/asexuality
https://depts.washington.edu/qcenter/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Asexuality-101-1.pdf

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