Learn the basics of Asexuality and the Ace Spectrum.
Asexuality is an umbrella term for people who experience little to no sexual attraction to other people. Asexual does not mean a person is incapable of holding a relationship, nor does it mean a person is 'broken'. A person who identifies as asexual, also known as 'ace', still often date. Often, they are still romantically and emotionally attracted to other people. Additionally, asexual individuals often still identify with other sexual orientations, in addition to their ace identity.
Asexuality exists on a spectrum, with each individual's experience with being asexual being unique. Asexual identity refers to an individual's internal understanding of their asexuality. Commonly used labels to help describe an asexual's identity in terms of the asexual spectrum are: asexual, aromantic, demisexual, and gray-asexual.
Asexual: an individual who is generally not sexually attracted to other people.
Aromantic: an individual who has little or no romantic attraction to other people.
Gray-Asexual: an individual who identifies somewhere between sexual and asexual.
Demisexual: an individual who develops sexual attraction once they form a strong connection with a person.
Is Asexuality also a sexual orientation?
Asexuality is considered a sexual orientation, much like Bisexual or Lesbian. Asexual isn't a modifier label. However, some people choose to use other sexual orientation labels to describe their sexuality.
Can someone identify as multiple ace identities?
Yes! Ace people can identify as multiple ace identities, just as ace people can identify with multiple sexual orientations.
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Last Reviewed: October 2021