AVEN is shaping up to have the biggest and best Pride ever. On Saturday we’ll have a full-fledged conference in Berkeley with the major leaders of the Ace Movement and a day full of workshops on everything from improving mental health services for aces to aces in popular television.
Then on Saturday, anyone who wants to will march in the parade! We’ll have art, t-shirts, flags and a great banner.
If we raise $1000 we can cover the cost of the conference and the march, including catering, t-shirts, and pride parade registration.
If we raise $2500 we can cover the conference and parade plus print out tons of stickers and pamphlets. The stickers will be for everyone at the conference and for us to hand out at the parade. The pamphlets will be for us to hand out to organizations that want to do ace visibility (we get requests for them all the time and our stock has run out.)
Anything else we raise will go to printing more materials and to covering server costs for 2013.
Raccoons & Arca N.H. has been elected to the Project Team: http://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/86398-welcome-our-new-pt-member/
Asexual vlogger swankivy has posted a video giving an overview of asexuality: http://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/86415-asexuality-an-overview-by-swankivy/
Student newspaper The Gustavian Weekly discusses sexuality (including asexuality) in a recent blog post: http://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/86524-cloudy-with-a-chance-of-musing-the-gustavian-weekly-us/
There will be a meetup in Toronto on Saturday 27th April: http://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/86546-april-2013-meeting-toronto/
Still in Canada, on Sunday 28th there will be a meet in Waterloo: http://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/73880-kitchenerwaterloocambridge-meetup/?p=2401761
In the UK, a number of meetups will be occurring on Saturday, in Manchester (http://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/84321-manchester-2013-meet-up-27th-of-april/), Bristol (http://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/85489-bristol-film-club-27th-april-and-18th-may/) and at Thorpe Park (http://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/85601-thorpe-park-27th-april/).
Visibility and Education:
The LGBT wing of the PCS trade union in the UK have voted to allow asexuals to join as full members: http://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/77517-asexuals-in-the-uk-civil-service/?p=2395380
Asexuality will be represented at a sexual minorities event in Toyohashi on Sunday 21st April: http://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/82675-talking-event-in-spring-2013-toyohashi/?p=2391781
An index of asexual student groups is being compiled: http://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/86230-index-of-asexual-student-groups-wip/
Bowling Green State University in Ohio has been running an Asexuality Awareness Program: http://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/86163-students-educate-on-asexuality-the-bg-news/
There will be a meetup in Skipton (UK) on Saturday 20th April: http://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/83945-skipton-meet-saturday-20apr2013/
An evening London meet is scheduled for Sunday 21st: http://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/86187-london-meetup-april-21-2013-from-5-pm/
Voting is currently underway in the election to appoint a new member of the Project Team: http://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/85889-new-project-team-member-needed-voting/
Applications to the AVEN Media Team are now being taken: http://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/86097-join-the-aven-media-team/
Visibility and Education:
A postgraduate student in Glasgow would like to interview people who identify as both asexual and disabled: http://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/86061-participants-required-for-a-study-on-asexuality-and-disability/
The team at Asexual Awareness Week will be hosting a free introductory webinar on asexuality later this month, in association with Campus Pride: http://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/85892-free-online-webinar-for-your-campus-group-gsa-etc/
The first annual Cake Day for asexual awareness will take place on Monday 20th May: http://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/85921-first-annual-cake-day/
Natasha V. Thompson has interviewed Professor Anthony Bogaert, author of Understanding Asexuality: http://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/85692-interview-natasha-v-thompson-interviews-anthony-f-bogaert-author-of-understanding-asexuality/
HerCampus.com has an article on asexuality: http://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/85606-hercampuscom/
In a recent survey, 9% of readers of men’s magazine Details identified as asexual: http://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/85839-9-of-responders-of-a-sex-survey-identify-as-asexual/
Articles in LGBT magazines Gay Community News and Lesbilicious have conflicting views on the inclusion of asexuals under the LGBT umbrella: http://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/85800-lgbt-soup-for-a-reason-lesbilicious/
A CNN article on sexual minorities briefly mentions asexuality: http://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/85950-cnn-article-on-sexual-minorities/
The Daily Mail’s relationship page features a letter from an asexual man: http://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/86000-daily-mail-on-saturday-acticle-on-asexuality/
There will be a meetup in Vancouver on Saturday 13th April: http://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/85697-vancouver-april-2013-meetup-fun-yay/
Also on Saturday, a meetup at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens in New York: http://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/54705-new-york-city/?p=2385177
Across the pond, there will be a meetup in Norwich, also on Saturday: http://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/84257-norwich-saturday-13th-april-2013-come-and-meet-some-new-people/
Saturday also sees a meetup in Stirling: http://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/85005-regular-scottish-meets-stirling-13th-april-2013/
New digital literary magazine Parallel Worlds has been created for asexual/agender audiences: http://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/85975-parallel-worlds-a-sci-fispeculative-lit-magazine-for-aces-d/
A small number of IRC chatrooms are devoted to asexuality: http://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/85836-asexuality-irc-roomschannels/
A Tumblr user has compiled a guide to asexual content on the site: http://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/85875-tumblrs-guide-to-asexuality/
Hey all - check out this awesome event being put on by Asexual Awareness Week!
In our partnership with Campus Pride, Asexual Awareness Week (AAW) has been asked to present an asexual allyship webinar later this month. We’ve got space for campuses and individuals to sign up to participate and we’re encouraging groups of people to get together and register together as one group. Even if you can’t do that, this webinar will be filled with tools for making asexuality more visible on your college campus and about the resources AAW has to help. It’s going to be very ace 101-y, so if you have teachers, friends, or groups that need some extra understanding about asexuality, send them to this webinar! It’s free, it’s 90 minutes of fun, and everyone will get a lot from it.
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Asexual Research Reading Group - 2nd meeting
Our next group skype chat will be Saturday, April 6 at 1:00pm PST. We will be readingSource nextstepcake