Though not new in existence, 'A' is the newest member of the LGBTQIA+ representation and was added to the acronym only in 2015. The single letter represents the asexual community which can be either ACE (asexual) or ARO (aromantic), with each term containing a spectrum of identities. In a society that often revolves around romance and sexual relationships, the experiences of those who identify as asexual are frequently overlooked or misunderstood. India, like many other countries, is home to a growing asexual community that seeks understanding, companionship, and a safe space to connect with others that share their sexuality.
Founded in 2013 by Asexual activist Raj Saxena, Indian Asexuals is the first initiative for Indian ACE, ARO, Demisexual, Greysexual and Sapiosexual communities that works through the lens of intersectional feminism. The collective organizes meet-ups in different cities in India, Online and offline conferences & awareness events, offers telephonic counselling, represent Indian in the Asexual Pride Asia initiative and even busts aphobic and misogynistic myths surrounding the spectrum of asexuality in their recently launched YouTube channel.
Recognizing the need for companionship within the asexual community, Indian Asexuals developed ACEapp, an international matchmaking application specifically designed for asexual and aromantic individuals. ACEapp allows users to create profiles, specify their preferences through filters, and connect with like-minded individuals who share similar interests and desires for relationships. The app has provided a space for asexual individuals to explore romantic or aromantic connections without the pressure of sexual expectations. You can check it out here.
India as a society is not only lagging behind on representation and conversations about asexuality but most of the country is still struggling with homophobia, aphobia and the acceptance of sexuality as a spectrum. In a sea of ignorance and hate-driven sexual narratives, platforms like Indian Asexuals is among the only mediums that protects the asexual community from feelings of isolation and marginalization and reaffirm their orientation. Dedicated to breaking the stigma surrounding asexuality and educating the broader society about this often misunderstood sexual orientation, The IA community is the champion of inclusivity we desperately need.