Asexual Resources and Education: United Kingdom - aka are:UK
We are an organisation dedicated to helping people to learn about asexuality, ensuring fair and accurate media representation for asexual people, and providing resources for others to use.
Someone who is asexual does not experience sexual attraction. It is different to celibacy as it is an orientation, not a description of behaviour.
Logo by Robert Holtby
As you might have spotted on our projects page, Jenni is working on academic outreach. She’s got a great handful of leads from running the academic side of Nine Worlds in August, and is building on them over the next month.
One thing we’re looking for is to build a group of UK-based people who would be willing to talk to academics if it became relevant. If you think you’d be up for it (or if you’re an academic working on asexuality yourself!), send an email to jenni at are-uk.com
One of the best ways of normalising asexuality and exposing youth to the idea that you can be asexual and it is okay is for it to be included in sex education. And so we made a leaflet to address this.
A leaflet designed for anybody teaching sex education. Primarily teachers in school but good for anybody who may find themselves teaching about sex, sexuality and humans.
Home printer friendly version here.
A leaflet designed for sexual health clinics and any place where sexual health is important, this puts forward the case why it’s important to be aware of asexuality and some of the key points relating to the topic.
Whilst we’re continuing work on projects, we thought we’d link to our leaflet on Asexuality and Sexual Health. Designed primarily for sexual health clinics or other medical settings but but good for more general use along the sexual health theme.
We’re mostly concerned with the UK - all of our big projects will be based there. That said, we’re more than happy to see what we can do for people outside of the UK - especially people outside the US as well. If you’re in the US, www.asexualawarenessweek.com may be a more useful resource though :)
If you’d like to listen to Jenni talk about asexuality and dating a non-ace, here’s her interview on BBC Radio Bristol.(Timestamp: 2:17:40)
Well, one of us is demi so it’d be kind of hard for us to be anti-demi. Not that we would be if that weren’t the case mind you but it does make it a lot harder.
And thank you, glad you’re liking the blog!
And we are live! This website is still technically a work-in-progress, so expect it to improve/update over the next few months. Because of that, we’re not looking for critique, but if you find anything broken (though hopefully there won’t be anything!) shoot us a message!
We know the flag colours - in fact, it was our very own Gwyneth who helped organise a ton of the flag election. Given the flag’s goal was to represent all asexuals, and it was elected from numerous non-AVEN sources, it’s not an AVEN-specific thing. It’s been used by other organisations since, such as Asexual Awareness Week.
are:UK is explictly aiming to include grey-asexuals and demisexuals in our visibility work, as well as targeting resources towards allies and potential allies - meaning we feel the grey and the white are very useful colours to us. When it comes to the colour purple, it means community. Yes, it’s origin is from AVEN but that doesn’t mean it belongs to AVEN - it had spread as a representative colour onto other platforms long before the flag vote. For instance, Hot Pieces of Ace was in existence before the flag, and that made use of the colour back then.
I’m sorry you may feel it misrepresents asexuals, but we feel that as a symbol it is incredibly useful - it’s appeared at Pride, in various media outlets and on platforms other than AVEN a lot since it’s conception. It’s important to note that none of us are particularly active on AVEN, nor involved with their projects.
That’s because the colours don’t belong to AVEN. The flag was chosen by people both on AVEN and off it -the final voting happened on an independent polling site, and submissions were taken from many places of which AVEN was just one.
One of the central reasons why the process towards the creation of a flag started is that there was a need for a symbol that wasn’t just designed to suit one particular part of the community. It was intended to create a symbol that would be universal across AVEN, LiveJournal, tumblr and any other asexual communities or individuals out there who may find it useful.
The flag now appears in many places unaffiliated with AVEN, and the colours are symbolic of asexuality, not of one particular website - just like how it began!