Asexuals Love Too! Here’s What Asexuality Is And Is Not!

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While the world is STILL confused about LGBT+ identities and rights, there’s a group of people who are almost always a matter of joke, even among the LGBT+ community: asexuals. Time to learn what asexuality is all about!

It’s estimated that 1% of the world population is asexual.

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When put that way, it sounds little, but that means there are almost 74 million asexual people on earth!

Asexuality is “the lack of sexual attraction to anyone, or low or absent interest in or desire for sexual activity.”

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And this is the asexuality flag.

So, is it "normal" to not experience sexual attraction? Is it a disease? Are there asexual non-human animals?

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Unlike most people who would argue, asexuality is not a phase. And no, it’s not a disease. Neither physiological nor psychological.

And yes, this phenomenon exists in non-human animals. But that’s a whole other topic to discuss.

Asexual people do have the same emotional needs as anyone else. They can fall in love too!

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Asexuals can have romantic feelings for people from their own gender, or they can be romantically attracted to the opposite gender.

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In other words, they can identify as lesbian, gay, bi, or straight. They just don't need to act out the attraction sexually.

Avoiding sex for religious, political, or other purposes is not asexuality.

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When done on purpose, it’s a preference, not an orientation. Asexual people do not choose to avoid sex, they just don’t experience sexual attraction.

However, at some point they may as well choose to have sex.

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There can be various reasons like to have children. This is important because asexuality doesn’t mean being unable to have sex.

Asexuals demand respect. That “+” in LGBT+ refers to countless sexual identities, and one of them is asexuals.

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Some might be asexual for their entire lives. Just as people will rarely and unexpectedly go from being straight to gay, asexual people will rarely and unexpectedly become sexual or vice versa. Another small minority will think of themselves as asexual for a brief period of time while exploring and questioning their own sexuality.

As AVEN (The Asexual Visibility & Education Network) points out:

"There is no litmus test to determine if someone is asexual. Asexuality is like any other identity- at its core, it’s just a word that people use to help figure themselves out. If at any point someone finds the word asexual useful to describe themselves, we encourage them to use it for as long as it makes sense to do so."

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