Saturday, June 28th, was the International Asexuality Conference at Toronto’s Ryerson University. It was a big hit! A lot of people turned out for it! AVEN has a photo and video thread as well as a thread for conference feedback. A simple search for “asexuality conference” on YouTube will bring up some of the discussions. I’m sure more will be posted as well, and I’ll try to post more information as I find it. TheStar.com reported that the conference hosted the “largest gathering of asexuals ever”!
About thirty or so of us went out the dinner after the conference. Ivy had to leave for an interview with Canadian TV (I posted the link below)! I have also added a few more of her many web residences, and if you’re interested in more asexual news, I would suggest keeping up with her @swankivy account! The Bibliophibian posted a review of Ivy’s book that will be released in September of this year: The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality. Ivy has also published articles around the Internet on asexuality and her websites will guide you to them and keep you up-to-date. For example, here’s one she recently got published on TheToast.com: “‘Enjoy Your Houseful of Cats’: On Being an Asexual Woman”.
For the purposes of archiving, AVEN had a Facebook page and hashtag set up, and here are all the tweets tagged with #awp2014: https://twitter.com/hashtag/awp2014 And speaking of books, I would also like to include this free Smashwords ebook I recently discovered: What Do You Mean You’re Not Interested in Sex?: American Life and Law from an Asexual Perspective by Amanda C. Lee.
The WorldPride parade on Sunday was pretty amazing and a lot of fun to march in! I will have to post some photos on AVEN as soon as I have more time to sort them. It was a really great experience seeing so many people witness some real awesome asexual visibility! (Also, sorry it took me so long to get this post together; I’ve been swamped with work, school, housework, etc.)
Click here for the CTV News Video “Asexuality Conference held in Toronto,” featuring Julie Sondra Decker.
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The second International Asexual Conference will be held at World Pride in Toronto this year, following the first Asexual Conference at the 2012 World Pride in London.
The conference will involve workshops, panel discussions and a full press conference. Some topics for panel discussions include the history of asexuality and the latest in asexual research. Read more here…
Posted on Pink News.
The International Asexuality Conference is also posted at the WorldPride website.
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Tagged Asexual Conference, asexuality, conference, David Jay, panel discussions, Pink News, press conference, Sara Beth Brooks, Toronto, WorldPride 2014
Help Make AVEN World Pride Inclusive!
From David Jay:
We want to make the International Asexual Conference as inclusive as possible. To that end, we need to raise enough money to hire a team of American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters for the day ($3,300). Please help us welcome the Deaf people in our communities who want to participate in our conference, and who deserve to be able to do that just as much as everyone else.
On top of helping to make this event accessible to Deaf people who wouldn’t be able to benefit from the conference without your donations, you will also be helping build a positive relationship between the Asexual and Deaf communities so we can work together toward accessible asexual community events for years to come.
We are very grateful for all contributions.
Regardless of whether you can contribute, please register for the conference.
Posted in Asexual, Asexuality, AVEN, Community, Conference, David Jay, LGBT, Perspective, Visibility, WorldPride 2014
Tagged American Sign Language, Asexual community, asexuality, AVEN, David Jay, International Asexual Conference, WorldPride 2014
Reblogging: Call for projects at the International Asexual Conference
Got a project idea for raising asexual vis awareness? Want to attend the largest North American ace gathering in history? Click here to read more.
See you in Toronto!
Posted in Academia, Asexual, Asexuality, AVEN, Blogs, Cake, Community, Conference, David Jay, Perspective, Sara Beth Brooks, Swankivy, Video, Visibility, WorldPride 2014
Tagged asexuality, AVEN, Cake, conference, David Jay, International, WorldPride 2014
While I quite busy at the moment, I had to include this website since I just now stumbled upon it! The project is based in Italy and Spain, which may be why it fell through the cracks for me, but I just had to feature it on this blog!
The Asexuals Project is “an ongoing multimedia web-doc created by the photographer and journalist Laia Abril.” This is a great journalist piece that really helps with asexuality visibility. I hope it continues to grow in popularity in the U.S.!
Also, check out their Facebook page!
I will try to post a few more items later this week. Happy reading!
Posted in Art, Asexual, Asexuality, AVEN, David Jay, LGBT, Perspective, Research, Sociology, Video, Visibility
Tagged asexuality, Asexuals Project, Community, Laia Abril, prejudice, Stereotypes, visibility
Extremely busy with school at the moment, but hopefully you have seen the Huffington Post’s “six-part series on asexuality,” which features some excellent resources for anyone interested in learning more about asexuality. For now, enjoy this awesome infographic! Preview text from the Huff:
“Aces say that asexuality, like sexuality, exists on a spectrum. Most asexuals, when asked, will identify two orientations: a sexual one and a romantic one.
“‘[The asexual lifestyle] allows you to see how sex and romance can be decoupled,’ said Anthony Bogaert, a professor at Canada’s Brock University and an authority on asexual research. ‘It allows you to see that when we automatically couple up romance and sex, as if they’re naturally together, that’s not true.'”
July 22, 2013 in Academia, Asexual, Asexuality, AVEN, Blogs, Bogaert, David Jay, LGBT, Maddox, Perspective, Research, Swankivy, Video, Visibility
Tagged anthony bogaert, Aromantic, asexual, asexuality, Biromantic, Bogaert, Demisexual, Gray-A, Heteroromantic, Homoromantic, huffington post, infographic, orientation, Panromantic, science, Spectrum
LGBT organization currently has a survey available; they want your opinions! I highly recommend identifying yourself as “asexual” if it applies!
As for my survey on AsexualNews.com, only 37 AVENites responded, with 29 votes for “I didn’t know it existed until now.” Despite the small number of votes, there’s nothing wrong with a little visibility! Speaking of which, I have been overwhelmed with work so I need to catch up on asexual news too. As of today, there are some interesting issues on AsexualNews.com and Sara Beth Brooks, David Jay, Swankivy, and others are clearly working hard for the asexual community.
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Tagged asexual, asexuality, AVEN, David Jay, identify, news, Sara Beth Brooks, sexuality, survey, Swankivy, visibility