Asexuality Awareness Week 2021: What does it mean to identify as asexual?

Did you know that the acronym LGBT + encompasses more identities than lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender?

This week aims to raise awareness of one of these different but equally important identities. This week is Asexuality Awareness Week.

There are many people in the world who identify as asexual, but very little is written on the subject and many people do not know what identity actually means.

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Here’s a quick rundown of everything that’s asexual and how many people are considered asexual.

Asexuality Awareness Week 2021: What does it mean to identify yourself as asexual?

When a person identifies as asexual, it means that they have very little to no sexual attraction to others. It is a sexual orientation, just as people identify with other sexual orientations such as heterosexual, bisexual, homosexual or pansexual.

People who identify as asexual are referred to as “aces” and still desire emotionally intimate relationships.

Some asexual people experience romantic attraction, but it exists on a spectrum and not everyone who says they are asexual does. Asexual people can be attracted to one or more genders.

For example, they can start other sexual orientated identities with the word romantic to indicate who they are romantically attracted to, such as heteroromantic or biromantic.

When an asexual person is heteroromantic, it means that they have a romantic attraction to someone of the opposite sex, but they are not sexually attracted to them.

However, some asexual people can still engage in sexual activity, such as having children, while other asexual people may not. You can experience arousal or orgasm while other asexual people don’t.

About one percent of the population is believed to be asexual, but that number is growing as more people identify as asexual.

Asexual people are not celibate, abstinent, and have no illness that explains their identity. Asexuality is a valid and genuine sexual orientation.

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