gilnokoibito asked: Hi there! I just read that you did an interview about asexuality that will be nationally televised this fall? If you don't mind, what channel? :)
The show that I did is called Alicia Menendez Tonight, which is on Fusion. Fusion is an ABC/Univision project that is aimed at English speaking Latina/os living in the US. I’m not sure which cable/satellite subscriptions they are on, but I’m told the segment will also be available online. Alicia is taping episodes ahead, so we’re not sure yet when the episode will air. I should get an email from the producer ahead of time and when that happens I’ll definitely let everyone know!
I did my first to-be-nationally-televised interview yesterday, which will air sometime later this fall. That’s me in the studio looking all ace-rific after the interview was over (note: my wardrobe matches the flag). Between the news interview and the Huffington Post coverage that basically quotes our mission statement, and all the outpouring on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr this week, from the likes of The Trevor Project and GLSEN, I am feeling pretty overwhelmed with gratitude.
There are a lot of people who make Asexual Awareness Week run behind the scenes, who don’t often get much credit. The interns, our web crew, and our Board are often times behind the scenes. But without them, this campaign would fall apart.
- Thank you to the AAW fall interns: Laura, Stormy, Kristen, Divya, and Joy, who area all working exceptionally hard to help this campaign run.
- Thank you to Jarred makes our website run, and David who hosts it.
- Thank you to our board members: M., Krys Jara, Hannah, Kate, and Regina, who are helping to process our non profit paperwork and move us forward into the future.
This type of event does not exist without a huge amount of community support behind it. There wasn’t an official 2012 event because of personal reasons in my own life, but the insistence on recognizing it anyway is part of what drew me back to organizing it again.
- Thank you to everyone who is posting about Asexual Awareness Week, who is talking about it on their high school or college campus, who planned a meeting or a panel or a screening or a training. If you participated this year: thank you.
- Thank you to our allies at HuffPo and ABC who made national media happen, and to the New England Aces who got great local media (and anyone else who got local media, I just haven’t seen it yet, please forward it to me!)
- Thank you to the people who put together this video which we had nothing to do with, but which made big waves both on Facebook and by inspiring the HuffPo article. Thank you to the creator of Tiny Dinosaur who put together an amazing viral presentation describing asexuality that we knew nothing about and enjoyed immensely. Thank you to these folks for making new teeshirts, and this amazing human for working on new posters and for the dozens of other people who I have seen create art, build community, and educate this week. This campaign doesn’t exist without all of you. That’s really important, so I’m gonna say it again: this campaign does not exist without all of you.
We are an all-volunteer campaign that had about $3,500 in donations last calendar year. A lot of people think that we’re involved with AVEN, but most of our interns and board are inactive or rarely active on AVEN (myself included). I’ve never held an admin or mod position at AVEN, and I decline every time they ask me to run. Asexual Awareness Week is a separate organization focusing on this specific education work on a global scale. I’m a full time student and all of our interns and board members have other lives that pay their bills. If you love what we do, we do have a contribute page.
Whether you can contribute or not, you can start planning now. Talk to your campus about hosting an AAW next fall, ask your QSA to host a conversation on asexuality, encourage them to host asexuality resources online. Create a pamphlet, design some art, or apply for one of our spring internships (details soon!). It’s never too early to plan for next year, aces. :)
- What I mean when I say "patriarchy": A set of socially maintained systems, values, and ideologies which perpetuate arbitrary and outdated ideas about gender and human sexuality, encompassing social phenomena like homophobia, transphobia, and sexism.
- What people THINK I mean when I say "patriarchy": A secret brotherhood that meets together once a month to discuss how best to oppress women, and are in control of all of the world's governments.
Which doesn’t make any sense. I think it’s because I haven’t fully outed myself yet.
We’re playing asexual bingo, and other games.
Wish me luck!
Lots of luck, Stormy, though you don’t need it. :)