Asexuality: A Brief Overview

with Jo Teut, Tristan Vaught

About This Course

This is an abbreviated version of Asexuality 101 training that is part of the Ally Curriculum Training Series sponsored by the LGBTQ Center at the University of Cincinnati. This training gives a quick overview of the asexual community and how to begin to be an ally. Participants will be able to ask questions and have a discussion afterward about things they can do to bring asexual awareness and education to their school, college, or organization.

In 2014, the Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN) conducted a census of the asexual community, receiving over 14,000 responses. Results showed that the most common age of self-recognition of an asexual identity is 17 years old while the average age is 18.7 years old. Results showed that 25.1% of asexual people have never come out, and for the 74.9% of those who has, the most common age of first disclosure is 19 while average is 20.1 years old. This two statistics show that asexual individuals are first recognizing their asexual identity and coming out to others (if they come out at all) during a time that they will possibility be attending higher education institutions. This makes it crucial for asexual representation and understanding within identity-based departments and organizations of higher education. Participants will gain knowledge of asexuality and the need to build ally curriculum at their own institutions.

By the end of the experience, participants will:

  1. Become familiar with basic terminology
  2. Create a framework to develop and implement an asexuality workshop at home institution
  3. Become aware of the coming out process and timeline for asexual individuals

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