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!
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 Proclamation 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 [signed] Governor Jay Inslee