Washington Becomes First State to Recognize Asexual Awareness Week!

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:

Full Text:

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

ETA: Click here to see pictures of the physical copy they sent!

Links & Alliances Conference Workshop

Seattle Aces & Aros will be presenting a workshop at the Links & Alliances Conference at Everett Community College, Saturday November 9th, 2019.

The Links & Alliances Conference is for and about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Ally, Asexual, Pansexual, 2-Spirit+ Youth. Their theme this year is “Unique & United.”

Our workshop will be “Asexuality 101” (and will also cover Aromanticism 101).
“A discussion and group activity that will center on the Asexual and Aromantic Identities. Participants will learn about topics such as the wide array of identities that fall under the AroAce Umbrella, the difference between attraction and action, and how to be an AroAce advocate for yourself or as an ally.”

Tickets are free for ages 14-20, and for 21+, there’s a recommended $25 donation (limited scholarships are available).

The Conference is an all day event. We’ll be presenting twice in the afternoon.