To the GLBTQ community

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Thank you for taking the time to learn about the asexual community. We hope that you will find this site informative and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Our community exists almost entirely online, mostly on the AVEN discussion forum at http://www.asexuality.org/en. AVEN is a grassroots organization maintained by a group of several dozen volunteers across the globe. The forum serves as a safe space to explore issues surrounding asexual identity, to have fun, and to organize educational efforts. Groups of forum members regularly meet up in major cities around the world and the original English forum has been duplicated in almost a dozen languages. Altogether the community on AVEN has over 50,000 registered members.

The goals and core values of our community line up with those of many GLBTQ communities. We strongly believe sexuality and gender should be explored, discussed, and celebrated, and that asexual identity is an important piece of that exploration. Including asexual people in dialogue about human sexuality brings a new and important perspective to the table. Just as discussions about transgender issues explore important questions surrounding gender, discussions around asexuality explore important questions surrounding sexuality and intimacy. Our community is exploring concepts such as attraction, desire, and nonsexual intimacy in new and interesting ways. Many of us look to the GLBTQ community as an open, understanding place to discuss that exploration.

For this reason, we are eager to establish partnerships with communities and organizations in the GLBTQ community. The Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN) has two main goals: 1) to create a respectful community where people can explore asexual identity and 2) to foster open and honest dialogue about asexuality.

We invite you to visit our forum or read our FAQ to learn more about asexuality. If you are interested in collaborating with AVEN in any way, please write to info@asexuality.org so we can send you resources and do our best to connect you with AVEN members in your area.

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