April 6th, 2022 marks the second Second International Asexuality Day. IAD is a coordinated worldwide campaign promoting the ace umbrella, including demisexual, grey-asexual and other ace identities.
What is International Asexuality Day?
The event will focus on four themes: advocacy, celebration, education, and solidarity. Many IAD events are taking place throughout the world, including podcasts, live streaming, meetings, and art contests centered on this year’s topics.
The day is intended to complement other ace events, such as Ace Week (the last week in October), but with a focus on the international community, rather than the English-speaking and Western sphere, which has received the most attention thus far.
For countries where the end of October (Ace Week) is a difficult time of year for ace activism, the day can also serve as a focal point for giving asexuality some visibility in the first half of the year.
What the term asexual means?
Asexual is an umbrella term used to describe people who exist within the asexual spectrum (a-spec). Being asexual is not the same as being celibate or abstinent. Being asexual is just a term used to describe someone who has no sexual attraction to anyone, regardless of gender identification. However, asexual people can still experience intimacy. Intimate relationships are on a spectrum for asexual people. Some prefer close friendships over romance, while others enjoy romantic relationships.