AROACE – I’m Valid, I’m Strong, I’m Proud
Many minorities, but also others (like women) know what it’s like to experience disrespect. There are constantly new groups of people who go through that experience, even from those who went through the same hardships. Of course, behind that, there is often fear, misinformation and prejudice. It is not different for ARO-ACE people. Elin tells her story of figuring our her orientation when she was 37 years old. She tells us what she went through as a person, believer, pastor and how she found pride in her identities.
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LINKS ELIN SUGGESTED:
The books I learnt about asexuality & aromanticism are:
“The Invisible Orientation” by Julie Sondra Decker (2014)
“ACE” by Angela Chen (2020)
(The book ACE actually has a chapter focused on asexual people of faith, and also on being asexual and a man.)
The international forum and community for asexual people:
AVEN – The Asexual Visibility and Education Network on the website: contains a lot of information about what asexuality is, communities around the world and also has a discussion forum where you can get in touch with others.
The web forum for aromantic people I mentioned.
But there is also this online community: AUREA – Aromantic Spectrum Union for Recognition, Education and Adovacy – which has the website
Tv series that I mentioned is Netflix’ Heartstopper which is created by aroace author Alice Oseman.
Another book that wasn’t mentioned in the episode but I really recommend: Alice Oseman – “Loveless” where the main character Georgia is trying to figure out her identity and realises she is aroace.
People to follow on Instagram to learn more about asexual & aromantic people:
@acedadadvice (who is also on YouTube and is coming out with a book soon – he’s gay and asexual)
@theyasminbenoit – Yasmine Benoit is an aroace activist from Great Britain who is making awareness for example by creating the hashtag on Instagram #thisiswhatasexuallookslike and being an activist working together with Stonewall UK. She’s for example trying to spread awareness that asexual people also should be included in the ban against conversion therapy.
Queers of the world on YouTube (as you know) has a few amazing interviews with asexual & aromantic people. For example one from Estonia and one who is from Poland, and Sweden. 🙂
My Instagram account is: @elin_westoo
EKHO is the Christian lgbtqi association I’m a member of and they’ve got the website