Originally published July 2021.
Written by Sheena, staff member, Halifax Central Library.
The "A" in 2SLGBTQIA+ stands for asexual (also referred to as Ace). Asexuality is a sexual orientation where a person experiences little to no sexual attraction to others, and/or does not experience desire for sexual contact. An asexual person may or may not experience romantic or emotional attractions, and have all kinds of connections and relationships with others.
Asexuality is a continuum of people who experience no attraction or desire, to those who experience low levels, or only in specific contexts. It is often an umbrella term that includes a spectrum of asexual experiences and identities. You can read more about the spectrum of asexuality here, opens a new window.
Created in 2010, the asexuality flag is stripes of black, grey, white, and purple. Each colour has a meaning:
- Black: Asexuality
- Grey: Grey-Asexuality and Demisexuality
- White: Non-asexual partners and allies
- Purple: Community
Asexuality as an identity is under-represented and misunderstood in our society. There is nothing wrong with being asexual; it’s a normal aspect of human diversity! Asexuality is not a choice, and asexual people are not broken. More and more asexual people are writing about their experiences, and our collection is always growing —read on to find recommendations!