Asexual Awareness Week
Asexual Awareness Week 2017 is October 22nd-28th!
Asexual Awareness Week is an international campaign that seeks to educate about asexual, aromantic, demisexual, and grey-asexual experiences and to create materials that are accessible to our community and our allies around the world.
Asexuality SF regularly celebrates asexual awareness week with a variety of events, including both outreach events to groups outside the ace community and social events for those within the ace community.
To learn more about the origins of Asexual Awareness Week, check out http://www.asexualawarenessweek.com/
To learn more about how you too can help participate in Asexual Awareness Week, read on below!
Attend a Local Event
Ask an Asexual: Asexuality 101 Panel (Cal Ace Space) - Thursday, October 26th, 6-8pm
Tilden Room (5th floor of MLK Student Union), UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA
DID YOU KNOW that approximately 3% of UC Berkeley and 4.6% of all UC students, faculty, and staff identify as asexual? Cal Ace Space invites you for an evening of story-telling, discussion, and dinner in honor & celebration of Asexual Awareness Week 2017 & LGBT History month!
You'll learn about what it means to be asexual, demisexual, grey-A, or simply on the spectrum--from a panel of current and former Cal students and other ace community members!
Ace + Ally Mixer: Facts, Food, and Friends (Asexuality SF) - Saturday, October 28th, 1pm-2:30pm
SF LGBT Center Room 204, 1800 Market St, San Francisco, CA
Come and meet the members of your local asexual community as we celebrate Asexual Awareness Week! Whether you're an ace looking to meet other aces, an ally who's curious about asexuality and full of questions, or just someone looking to make new friends, we'd love for you to join us!
This is a casual social mixer, so please feel free to drop in or out at any time.
To continue to receive updates on local events, consider joining our mailing list or following us on social media.
Take the Ace Community Census
The ace community census is an annual community-run survey which collects valuable information on the diversity and experiences of the ace community. It is the largest survey of ace communities and creates a valuable pool of data for future ace community activists and researchers.
The survey is open to anyone: ace, non-ace, or still questioning, as long as you are over the age of 13 we want to hear from you! We want to get a wide variety of responses from as many parts of the community as possible, so we encourage you to share this link with any other ace individuals you know or any ace communities you participate in.
Coming Soon: The 2017 Ace Community Census will launch on October 23rd.
Make a Request at your local library
Checking out a book from your local library is a great way to learn more asexuality and support your local library at the same time! If your local or university library doesn't already have ace books in stock, you can also place a request either by contacting a librarian directly or through their website, to help ensure that ace representation will be accessible to those who need it.
We've gathered a list of some of our favorites below:
- The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality by Julie Sondra Decker - ISBN: 978-1-63450-243-6
- Understanding Asexuality by Anthony Bogaert - ISBN: 978-1-4422-0100-2
- Asexuality and Sexual Normativity ed. by Mark Carrigan, Kristina Gupta and Todd G. Morrison - ISBN: 9-780-4157-3132-4
- Asexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives ed. by Karli June Cerankowski and Megan Milks - ISBN: 978-1-1382-8479-1
- All the Wrong Places by Ann Gallagher (Contemporary, Romance) - ISBN: 978-1-62649-420-6
- Ball Caps and Khakis by Jo Ramsey (Contemporary, YA) - ISBN: 978-1-63477-034-7
- Blank Spaces by Cass Lennox (Contemporary, Romance) - ISBN: 978-1-62649-484-8
- Breakfire's Glass by A.M. Valenza (Fantasy) - ISBN: 978-1-62004-721-7
- How to Be a Normal Person by T.J. Klune (Contemporary, Comedy) - ISBN: 978-1-63476-578-7
- Of Monsters and Men by Caitlin Ricci (Paranormal, New Adult) - ISBN: 978-1-63216-932-7
- Quicksilver by R.J. Anderson (Sci-Fi, YA) - ISBN: 978-1-40831-628-3
- Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee (Contemporary, YA) - ISBN: 978-1-48148-933-1
- This Song Is (Not) For You by Laura Nowlin (Contemporary, YA) - ISBN: 978-1-49260-290-3
- We Awaken by Calista Lynne (Magical Realism, YA) - ISBN: 978-1-63476-995-2
Participate in the Asexual Awareness Week Fandom Challenge
"Responses can be canon, headcanon, a simple statement, fanfic, fanart, aesthetic/moodboards, photomanips, playlists, meta, analysis, gifsets, quotes, etc.! Any kind of fan produced content that you believe fits within these prompts is welcome! Let’s generate as much content as we can!
As always the tag is “#AAWFC”.
Sun 22nd, Day 1: Post about canon and headcanoned asexual/spectrum characters in books and comics.
Mon 23rd, Day 2: Post about canon and headcanoned asexual/spectrum characters in shows and movies.
Tues 24th, Day 3: Post about canon and headcanoned asexual/spectrum characters in games and any other media not mentioned in the previous days.
Wed 25th, Day 4: Post about how a canon asexual/spectrum character came out or how you believe a headcanoned asexual/spectrum character would come out. Or post about them not coming out and why they haven’t.
Thurs 26th, Day 5: Post about how a canon asexual/spectrum character shows their pride or how you think a headcanoned asexual/spectrum character shows their pride. What kind of merch would they wear/display, would they go to pride, would they talk about being ace/spec, etc.?
Fri 27th, Day 6: AU day! Post about what canon/headcanoned asexual/spectrum characters from different fandoms that you would like to see meet. What would their meeting would be like, why would you like to see them meet, what sort of relationship do you think they’d have, etc.?
Sat 28th, Day 7: Post about asexual representation in general. What does it mean to see asexual/spectrum characters in the media you consume? Why is it important to you to see asexual/spectrum characters in the media you consume? What sort of stories/plotlines would you like to see about asexual/spectrum characters? What genre do you really want to see asexual/spectrum characters in? How would you like to see asexual/spectrum people represented?
More Ways to Get Involved
Looking for other ways to help spread awareness of asexuality? Here's some ideas for things you can do:
- Share links to ace resources on social media
- Post Asexual Awareness Week posters or flyers in your dorm, office, classroom, or local shops. (printable flyers are coming soon!)
- Write a class paper about asexuality
- Check out AVEN's guide to getting involved
- Request a speaker or workshop for your org to learn more about asexuality and how you can be ace-inclusive