Aromantic and Asexual: What do these orientations really mean?

Ever wondered what the A stands for in LGBTQA?

Well, that would be asexuality, potentially one of the most under discussed orientations of them all.

Asexuality is an orientation in which a person does not feel any sexual attraction. 

They experience romantic feelings, but don't have any desire to have sex with their partner.

The difference between celibacy and asexuality is that celibacy is a choice. Like all orientations, asexuality is not a choice. 

Celibates can choose to save themselves for marriage or the right person, but asexuals have an entirely 'nope' feeling when it comes to wanting sexual contact at all.

Some describe it as a complete aversion to sex, while others find sex to be mildly interesting but not something they want for themselves physically. 

The do still however, want romantic relationships with the right person.

Asexual people can also still identify as gay or straight or bi, when they want to establish a relationship with someone of a particular gender. 

Asexuality can sometimes be coupled with being Aromantic, or the two can be completely separate.

An aromantic is a person who experiences little or no romantic attraction to others at all, but can still have the capacity to have sexual feelings.

Aromantics are known on online forums as Aros, while Asexual individuals are known as Aces.

Both sexualities are completely valid, and are still working to carve out better representation for themselves in the LGBT community. 

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