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Resources and information on asexuality.

Librarian for Media Studies, Gender Studies, & Philosophy

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Herman B Wells Library
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What is Asexuality?

This guide provides information and resources for those who may identify as asexual, or "ace" for short, whether you aren't sure, or for others who want to know more. Check out the "Online Resources" tab for general websites and online archives, and "Books, Zines, & Film" to find asexual-related materials at the GLBT Library and online.

“An asexual is someone who does not experience sexual attraction. Unlike celibacy, which people choose, asexuality is an intrinsic part of who we are. Asexuality does not make our lives any worse or any better, we just face a different set of challenges than most sexual people. There is considerable diversity among the asexual community; each asexual person experiences things like relationships, attraction, and arousal somewhat differently.” (Taken from The Asexual Visibility and Education Network)

Gray-Asexuality refers to the gray areas between asexuality and sexuality. People who identify was gray-A can include, but are not limited to, "those who do not normally experience sexual attraction, but do experience it sometimes; those who experience sexual attraction, but a low sex drive, those who experience sexual attraction and drive, but not strongly enough to want to act on them; and those who can enjoy and desire sex, but only under very limited and specific circumstances." (Taken from AVEN Wiki)

"Demisexuality is a sexual orientation in which someone feels sexual attraction only to people with whom they have an emotional bond. Most demisexuals feel sexual attraction rarely compared to the general population, and some have little to no interest in sexual activity." (Taken from


Symbolism of the Asexual Flag

      In August of 2010, a flag was voted on and adopted to

      promote asexual visibility.

      What does each color represent?

      Black: Asexual

      Gray: Gray-A and demisexuality

      White: Sexuality

      Purple: Community