The Seattle Aces and Aros marched in the 2022 Seattle Pride Parade, marking our third appearance in the parade. Thank you to everyone who joined us and everyone who cheered us on from the sidelines. We hope to see you all again next year!
After two years off, the Seattle Pride Parade is returning in 2022! The Seattle Aces & Aros are planning to march for the third time. Bring your signs, flags, and other Aro and Ace Pride gear and come join us!
It’s free and doesn’t require any commitment other than time.
The Pride Parade will be on Sunday, June 26th, starting around 11AM . The Parade runs through downtown Seattle on the mostly flat 4th Ave, from around Westlake Center to Seattle Center. Distance is about a mile.
We are Contingent #40, with a scheduled arrival time of between 10:45 and 11:30 AM. Our staging zone is located on 4th Avenue, between University and Seneca. This is several blocks south of Westlake Center, and only about a block away from the University St. Light Rail station. They have us set to line up in the middle of the street. It appears that there is a small plaza between Purple and The Financial Center, so if you don’t see us, hang around that area until the flags show up.
We will be staged between Code.org and the King County Democrats and next to the Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps, and will be marching between Salesforce and the KC Dems. One thing to note is that the staging map shows us in close proximity to the “Body Pride Ride”, which is a group of nude cyclists who may or may not be covered in body paint. (If this makes you uncomfortable, you can wait further north in the staging area along 4th Ave and join us when we pass.)
It is impossible to know exactly when we’ll start marching, so we should expect to move any time after 11:30. I would estimate our arrival at the end of the parade at Seattle Center to be sometime between 12:30 and 1:30.
Important! Seattle Pride requires that all marchers provide proof of vaccination or negative PCR test within 48 hrs. (PCR tests are the lab test, not the home rapid tests), and they are requiring that all groups verify. They will be spot checking contingents for compliance. Any contingents that are not in compliance will be kicked out of the parade, so be sure to bring your proof! (Physical card, photo of card, phone app, etc. are all valid forms of proof.) Masks are not required, but you are encouraged to wear one in the crowded staging area and welcome to wear one for the rest of the parade.
Facebook Event: https://fb.me/e/4IIg2M8Hv
(RSVPing is encouraged, but not required. You can just show up on the day of the event and we’d love to have you!)
There are three other events around the march, and you don’t have to be marching to attend any of them.
First is a Pre-Parade Meetup, a couple of blocks from the staging area:
There will be an Informal Watching Group along the route, in case you want to hang out with other aces and aros to watch the parade, but don’t want to march yourselves:
And finally, after the marching group gets to Seattle Center, there will be a Post-Parade Hangout:
This year, Washington has recognized Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week for the first time! We are the fifth state to do so, after Colorado, Virginia, Michigan, and Minnesota, and after the District of Columbia and the city of Denver, CO.
Here is the full proclamation (click to zoom):
The State of Washington
WHEREAS aromanticism is a generally unknown and misunderstood romantic orientation; and
WHEREAS people who are aromantic often feel isolated and confused, and lack access to resources and support networks; and
WHEREAS discovering aromanticism can be an affirming and positive personal experience; and
WHEREAS having peers and family know of and understand aromanticism can provide safety, support, and comfort to aromantic people; and
WHEREAS Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week aims to spread awareness and acceptance of aromantic spectrum identities and the issues faced by the aromantic community; and
WHEREAS Washington is proud of and made stronger by the vast diversity of its residents;
THEREFORE, I, Jay Inslee, Governor of the state of Washington, do hereby proclaim the period between February 21st and February 27th, 2021, as AROMANTIC SPECTRUM AWARENESS WEEK in Washington, and I encourage all people in our state to join me in this special observance.
Signed this 24th day of February, 2021
Governor Jay Inslee
Seattle Aces and Aros is putting on a free webinar called “A-Spec and Media”.
The webinar will feature four panelists from our community, who will be discussing a wide range of topics about the intersection of A-Spec identities and the media. The panel will include Kelsey, the writer for BIFL, Julia, YA author and organizer for New England Aces and returning from our previous panel, PJ and John! This webinar will be open to the public. You can register here:
The event will take place on Saturday, January 16th, at 1pm PT.
All are welcome to join, just know that this group’s goal is to be a comfortable space to share and discuss asexuality, aromanticism and related topics. We will strictly enforce a code of conduct to protect the panelists, moderators, and attendees. (No hate speech or bullying. Be kind and courteous. Respect pronouns and avoid gendered language. Refrain from using ableist language. Respect everyone’s privacy.)
Meet the Panelists!
John is a teacher in Seattle who identifies as queer, transmasculine, and aromantic. He is a founder of the femslash convention TGIF/F (tgifemslash.com) and has been active in fandom for almost 20 years writing fanfic, editing fanvids, and attending cons. He is a diehard shipper who also longs for more [queer]platonic partnerships in media, because containing multitudes is gay.
PJ is an aroace aspiring screenwriter who was born and raised in Seattle. She developed a love for filmmaking in high school, and strives to increase queer representation and social progress throughout the film industry. PJ uses she/her pronouns.
Julia is the Lead Organizer for New England Aces and a member of the group’s outreach team, which hosts panels and workshops on asexuality. She formerly served as Pride Activities Coordinator and has participated in several panel discussions on asexuality, ace visibility, and ace representation in media outside the group, as well. A member of the Boston Speculative Fiction Writing Group, Julia particularly enjoys writing YA fantasy. Follow Julia on Twitter @JGilstein.
Kelsey (they/them) is a queer, asexual, non-binary New Hampshire native currently living in Chicago. They have been writing fanfiction for more than a decade, but the last few years their main project has been an original scripted LGBTQIA+ comedy series “BIFL”. Kelsey can be found on Twitter @goneawayawhile talking about TV, Taylor Swift, and making pretty much everything about asexuality.
Meet the Moderator
Ashley is an Aro-Ace in aerospace. When she is not working as an engineer, she spends her free time doing a multitude of hobbies, some of the current being mixed martial arts, tabletop roleplaying games, and cooking. She has been one of the organizers for Seattle Aces and Aros for the last two years, and has lately been running far too many quarantine TTRPGs.
Asexual Awareness Week has again been recognized by the State of Washington this year!
We were the first state in the country to recognize it (possibly the first place anywhere!) last year in 2019. This year, we have been joined by Colorado, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Oregon! 5 down, 45 to go!
Here is the full proclamation (click to zoom):
On Saturday, July 18, at 1pm PT, we’re hosting a webinar All About the A!
The webinar will feature five panelists from our community, who will be covering an introduction to asexual and aromantic orientations, as well as other experiences about what it means to identify on the ace and/or aro spectrums. It’s free and open the the public, and non-ace or aro people are encouraged to attend! Register here: https://tinyurl.com/yd4cvrds .
Now let’s meet our panelists!
Alexis is a gray-ace, bi-romantic, and cis-gendered. She grew up in a very queer-friendly city: San Francisco, but was a late bloomer and only came out within the last few years. She loves dogs, dancing, and knitting (as you can see in her picture, she’s wearing a sweater she made with UV-reactive yarn. It changes color under the sun so she calls it her bi-invisibility sweater!) She’s proud and happy she can bring both herself and her sweaters out of the closet.
Danika (she/they) is a bi aroace arogender woman who has been out and proud since 2017. When she’s not saving lives as a not-for-profit financial consultant, she is a writer, musician, and full-time cat mom. Her blog, Sea of Sunlight, explores forming identity and relationships in an amatonormative world.
Val grew up in the Silicon Valley, after college they started their career in logistics and have advanced in the field of Autonomous Vehicle Development. They currently reside in the Greater Seattle Area and very much enjoy their place here. Val grew up knowing they were Queer even before they knew what that really meant. They just knew they were missing a piece that the vast majority seemed to have an understanding. Their journey is a slow one, which should be expected given Asexuality was virtually invisible the majority of their life. Val finally came to terms with their true identity as a Grey Asexual in their early 30s.
John is a 2nd grade teacher in Seattle who identifies as queer, transmasculine, and aromantic, and has been in the LGBTQ+ community for 25 years. In his free time, he enjoys playing poker, marathoning TV shows, and leading the drumline for the OL Reign soccer team.
PJ is an aroace aspiring screenwriter who was born and raised in Seattle. She developed a love for filmmaking in high school, and strives to increase queer representation and social progress throughout the film industry.
And the moderator:
Ashley is an Aro-Ace in aerospace. When she is not working as an engineer, she spends her free time doing a multitude of hobbies, some of the current being mixed martial arts, tabletop roleplaying games, and cooking. She has been one of the organizers for Seattle Aces and Aros for the last year and a half, lately running far too many quarantine TTRPGs.
Seattle Aces & Aros presents a free webinar, “All About the A (in LGBTQIA+)”.
The webinar will feature five panelists from our community, who will be covering an introduction to Asexual and Aromantic orientations, as well as other experiences about what it means to identify on the Ace and/or Aro Spectrums.
This webinar will be open to the public. You can register here: https://tinyurl.com/yd4cvrds .
The event will take place on Saturday, July 18, at 1pm PT.
You are also invited to join our group’s monthly (virtual) Roundtable Discussion at 11:30am PT (on the topic “Demi and Gray Aces and Aros”) and Discussion Group at 1pm PT, on Saturday, July 11. You can register here: https://tinyurl.com/y7smtzuq.
All are welcome to join, whether or not you identify on the Ace and/or Aro Spectrums. Just know that this group’s goal is to be a comfortable space to share and discuss asexuality, aromanticism, and our experiences and questions.
We will strictly enforce a code of conduct to protect the panelists, moderators, and attendees. (No hate speech or bullying. Be kind and courteous. Respect pronouns and avoid gendered language. Refrain from using ableist language. Respect everyone’s privacy.)
The physical copy of the proclamation arrived today in the mail. Dang, this thing is FANCY!
I am very pleased and excited to announce that Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed that October 20th-26th is *OFFICIALLY* Asexual Awareness Week in the state of Washington!
I want to thank all of you in this group for helping make this happen! I also want to thank Governor Inslee for signing this, and giving Washington the distinction of being the first state in the nation to recognize Asexual Awareness Week.
This is a BIG deal for the ace community. As far as I’m aware, this is the first time Ace Week has been officially recognized anywhere.
Here is the ceremonial proclamation:
The State of Washington
WHEREAS asexuality is an often unknown and misunderstood sexual orientation; and
WHEREAS people who are asexual but have not heard of asexuality may often feel confused, discouraged, and lonely; and
WHEREAS discovering asexuality can be an affirming, positive, life-changing experience; and
WHEREAS the goal of Asexual Awareness Week is to promote education and understanding about asexuality; and
WHEREAS there are estimated to be at least 70,000 openly identified asexual people in the State of Washington; and
WHEREAS the inclusive and diverse State of Washington is proud to be at the forefront of LGBTQIA+ recognition and acceptance;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jay Inslee, Governor of the state of Washington, do hereby proclaim October 20-26, 2019, as
Asexual Awareness Week
in Washington, and I encourage all people in our state to join me in this special observance.
Signed this 15th day of October, 2019
Governor Jay Inslee