The Asexual journal and website
The Asexual was founded by Michael Paramo in October 2016. It primarily serves as an online and physical quarterly journal for writers and artists under the ace umbrella to publish their work. Since its first issue, The Asexual journal has published essays, poetry, paintings, and digital art, by ace people from Australia, Hungary, India, Mexico, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It has published the work of writers and artists at various levels in their educational journey, from high school students to PhD candidates. The Asexual journal has published undergraduate and graduate students in scholarly fields of Literature, Ethnic Studies, Social Work, Sexual Dissidence, Women and Gender Studies, Sociology, LGBT Studies, and Fine Art from institutions such as UCLA, the University of Sussex, the University of Salford, Bath Spa University, The College of New Jersey, among others. It has also published the work of medical professionals in the field of sexual health, activist media directors and producers, as well as university faculty.
While the greater purpose of The Asexual is to center ace narratives, perspectives, and activism, it is simultaneously propelling necessary conversations regarding attraction, desire, sexuality, queerness, gender, race, and culture further onward. By providing space for ace people to publish their writing and artwork, who are largely unheard, The Asexual is advancing asexuality discourse beyond awareness and into understudied realms and intersections, including attraction and sex, queer desires, labels and meaning, sexuality and gender identity, (a)sexuality and the body, transnational (a)sexualities, as well as race, ethnicity, culture and (a)sexuality. The Asexual will continue to produce journal issues, articles, and projects that address these areas of interest with the objective of initiating change internally and externally to the ace community.
The Asexual represents independently-managed media to its fullest extent, managed entirely by one person since its inception. If you would like to support them, you can donate via Patreon. While originally and primarily focusing its social media presence on Twitter, The Asexual is slowly expanding to other platforms. The Asexual received over 15,500 visits and 25,000 page views in 2017. As of March 15th, it has received over 7,000 visits and 13,500 page views in 2018. The Asexual is followed by Lamda Literary, the leading LGBT literary organization in the nation.
lead editor, layout editor, social media manager
Michael Paramo is a gay aromantic asexual Latinx person and creator of The Asexual. They are the lead editor of The Asexual journal, manage TheAsexual.com, and post on its social media accounts. As a graduate student, they have presented their research at major national conferences in the United States, including the National Women's Studies Association and the Popular Culture Association. They have also been invited to speak and be interviewed for major outlets like Buzzfeed LGBT, literary journals like Anomalous Press, as well as local panels on subjects of asexuality, gender performance, and queer identity.
Select Conferences and Panels:
Paramo, Michael. “Tracing Desirelessness: An Historical Analysis of ‘Asexual’ Existence.” National Women’s Studies Association. Hilton Baltimore. (November 18th, 2017).
Paramo, Michael. “Gender, Performance, and Drag Culture.” Ethnic Studies Summit. Wilshire Theater, Fullerton College. (October 14th, 2017). Invited Panelist.
Paramo, Michael. “LGBT Inclusive Public School Curriculum: A Gradual Process, Support vs. Opposition, and Effects on LGBT Youth.” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. Marriot Marina, San Diego. (April 15th, 2017).
Paramo, Michael. “’God Makes No Mistakes’: Analyzing the LGBT Empowerment Anthem and Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’.” International Association for the Study of Popular Music. Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. (February 23rd, 2017).
Select Interviews and Media Appearances:
"Why I Began A Magazine For Asexual People To Express Themselves" for Cake. December 18, 2017. Cake is the gender and sexuality space of Youth Ki Awaaz, “India's largest platform for young people to express themselves on critical issues.”
"Let me assure you that my life is no less fulfilling, thank you very much. #AsexualAwarenessWeek" for Buzzfeed LGBT. October 27, 2017.
"'Centering Ace Perspectives and Narratives': An Interview with Michael Paramo,
Founder of The Asexual" for Anomalous Press. October 23, 2017.
Ai Baba is an aroace agender PhD candidate studying race, gender, and a/sexuality in modern Japanese history. Besides working on her dissertation, Ai is currently volunteering with the Asexual Census Survey Team, and also founded "ace to ace" (http://ace2ace121.wordpress.com ) to connect aces in Japan. Twitter: @not_alibaba
Geoffrey Colaizzi is an androromantic demisexual agender person located in northern Virginia. They are an undergraduate student at George Mason University, and has been selected to present their research at the National Women's Studies Association. While going to school part-time and working full-time as a human resources assistant, they are also activist in their spare time working to expand ace/aro awareness and inclusivity in local queer communities and spaces. Geoffrey is the founder of Mason's Arrows & Aces (est. January 2015), a student social group and ace/aro awareness organization. Twitter: @inqueertime and @arrowsacesgmu.