Yesterday was the beginning of Asexual Awareness Week! This week is meant to raise awareness about asexual and aromantic spectrum identities. Here’s a brief history taken from asexualawarenessweek.com:
Asexual Awareness Week began in 2010 as a campaign targeting the LGBT community and its leadership for greater awareness. California activist Sara Beth Brooks worked with AVEN founder David Jay to plan the first year which was primarily conducted online through blogs and web visibility. In 2011, Sara Beth put out a call for people to help. Twenty people joined a committee that organized the sophomore year, which was held in more than 25 cities in five countries. The 2011 committee was disbanded after fulfilling their duties. In 2012, we tried a locally scheduled program which generated more than a dozen events. However there was a large amount of community response to not having a unifying week across the world, so in 2013, an international date of October 20-26 was set. In 2014, the week is October 26 – November 1. We are actively working to obtain our 501(c)3 non-profit status in the United States.
If you want to learn more about asexuality as a queer identity, here is a handy FAQ. I hope to add more ace and aro resources all week, so keep an eye out for that!