Asexual Awareness Week promotes education, understanding

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Sunday marked the beginning of Asexual Awareness Week, a week dedicated to bringing awareness about and education of asexuality.

According to the Queer Alliance Resource Center, or QARC, board member Izzy Chiu and campus sophomore Michelle Lin, the definition of asexuality is a person who does not experience sexual attraction. Lin said some websites define asexuality as a “lack” of sexual attraction. Lin, however, disagrees with this definition because, as someone who identifies as asexual, she does not believe asexuals “lack something” in their lives if those in the community do not experience sexual attraction.

Lin has been working extensively on campus to bring awareness of asexuality and said making asexuality known is important, since “asexuality is very invisible even in queer spaces.” Lin added that this invisibility of asexuals in the LGBTQ+ community greatly affects asexuals.

Lin also commented on people’s reactions to asexuals. While people do ask questions to learn more about asexuality, she said, many do not.

“When people don’t have questions … they have assumptions,” Lin said.

There are currently no asexual-specific resources on campus of which Chiu is aware, but asexual students can go to QARC and Cal Ace Space, an organization that provides information about asexuality, according to its Facebook page.

There are also online resources such as Asexual Outreach and the Asexual Visibility and Education Network that asexual students and those who want to learn more about asexuality can visit, according to Lin.

Events planned for Asexual Awareness Week include Ace 101 Workshop / Ace + Ally Mixer presented Saturday 1 p.m. by Asexuality SF in the Berkeley Public Library and a panel hosted Sunday 7 p.m. by Cal Ace Space in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union.

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