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Asexual Awareness Week
October 23, 2022 @ 9:00 am - October 29, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
Asexual Awareness Week – October 23-29
Ace Week is an annual campaign to educate and build awareness about asexuality. This international campaign is twelve years old this year.
What is Asexuality?
Sexual attraction is a type of attraction to another person that involves a sexual interest towards them. While this type of attraction is a normal part of life for many people, this concept can be completely foreign for people who identify as asexual. Asexuality is a sexual orientation where a person experiences little to no sexual attraction to anyone and/or does not experience desire for sexual contact.
Like any other sexual orientation, asexuality isn’t a choice. Unlike abstinence and celibacy, which are both choices to avoid sex, asexuality is an innate part of who someone is.
There are some people who may not fit the strictest definition of the word asexual but nonetheless feel their experience aligns with asexuality in some way. Gray-asexual (or graysexual) is a term that describes this experience. Gray-asexuality incorporates a wide range of experiences, including:
- experiencing sexual attraction rarely,
- only experiencing sexual attraction under specific circumstances, or
- fluctuating between periods of experiencing sexual attraction and periods of not experiencing sexual attraction.
The term asexual umbrella (or asexual spectrum) includes all the identities related to asexuality, including asexual, gray-asexual, and demisexual. The word “ACE “ is shortcut word for the identities that fit within the asexual umbrella, and it can also be used to refer to a person who identifies with the asexual umbrella. For example, an ace person might identify as asexual, gray-asexual, or demisexual.