The Asexual journal and website
The Asexual was founded by Michael Paramo in October 2016 and released its first issue in April 2017. As a quarterly journal, The Asexual journal has published the work of writers and artists under the ace umbrella and includes PhD candidates and graduate students on its editorial board. The Asexual has published authors from Australia, Hungary, India, Mexico, Pakistan, the UK, and the United States as well as past or current students from USC, UCLA, the University of Sussex, the University of Salford, Bath Spa University, the University of Toledo, among others. The Asexual has also published the work of medical professionals in the field of sexual health, activist media directors and producers, PhD candidates and recipients, and a Professor of Public Health.
The Asexual seeks to elevate discourse, primarily regarding (a)sexuality, gender, and attraction, by providing a space for ace people to publish their work. Part of this includes advancing asexuality discourse beyond awareness and into understudied realms, such as theorizing attraction, queer desires, (a)sexuality, (a)romantic, and (a)gender identities, the body, transnational (a)sexualities, and race, ethnicity, culture and (a)sexuality. To address this objective, The Asexual is producing quarterly journal issues addressing subjects that require more recognition, both within and external to the ace community, original articles and social media discussion challenging preconceived understandings of (a)sexuality, gender, and attraction, and intends to produce original anthologies in the future.
The Asexual represents independently-managed media to its fullest extent, directed entirely by one person. If you would like to support them through their work with The Asexual journal and website or if you simply appreciate The Asexual's existence, you can donate via our Patreon. The Asexual journal and website would not be possible without your continued support. Social media of The Asexual is primarily centered on our Twitter, which has garnered over 6,000 followers. In the entirety of 2017, The Asexual received over 15,500 visits and 25,000 page views. As of July 8th, The Asexual has received over 33,000 visits and 60,000 page views in 2018. The Asexual is followed by Lamda Literary, the leading LGBT literary organization in the nation, and supported by AVEN (The Asexual Visibility and Education Network).
Manager and Lead Editor of The Asexual
Michael Paramo is a two-spirit queer ace graduate student studying (a)sexuality, gender, attraction, and intimacy. They created The Asexual journal after witnessing an absence of ace-centered discourse on queer-focused media platforms and are currently the lead editor and sole manager of the website and social media. They have presented their original research at several national conferences, including one on asexuality at the National Women's Studies Association in 2017. They have networked and created an editorial board consisting of PhD candidates and graduate students in queer, feminist, and asexuality studies, have published the work of a public university professor in The Asexual journal, and have been recognized by several media outlets for their work in such areas. Their article "Beyond Sex: The Multi-Layered Model of Attraction" was selected by the editors of global online publishing platform Medium to be a featured piece in April 2018. They are currently working with a faculty on submitting an article for publication in an academic journal on the subject of asexual history. They create art in their spare time and love listening to music for hours in the company of ambient lighting.
"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.
Editorial Board of The Asexual journal
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 presented their research on asexual relationality at the National Women's Studies Association in 2015 and 2017. While going to school part-time, they also work as a full-time HR intern and a part-time HR assistant. Over the past six years, Geoffrey has also been an activist in their spare time working to expand ace/aro awareness and inclusivity in local queer communities and spaces. Twitter: @inqueertime.
The Ace Side of #MeToo (October 2017)
Evelyn Elgie is a queer ace poet, artist, and academic. Her work deals with mental illness, asexuality, deconstruction and landscape, and in particular a radical re-imagining of our cultural understanding of sex and romance. She holds a BA in Contemporary Studies and Creative Writing from the University of King’s College, and her poetry has appeared in Open Heart Forgery, Glass Mountain, and Hinge: Journal of the Contemporary. She is about to begin her master’s degree at the Social Justice Institute at the University of British Columbia.
Katie Halinski is a non-binary grey-asexual from London. They are currently doing a PhD in Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic at the University of Cambridge, where they are researching human-bird interactions and bird symbolism in Old Norse culture. In their spare time, they enjoy playing bass guitar and watching films (the stranger the better). They can be found on Twitter as @Liminalitea, where they mostly post about kaiju, cats, the stranger parts of medieval culture, and mental health.
Emma Hutson is currently completing a PhD on trans literature at Sheffield Hallam University. She has work published in C Word: An anthology of writing from Cardiff, Severine Literary and Art Journal, CrabFat Magazine, the Harpoon Review and The Asexual Journal. Her short story ‘Footsteps’ came second place in Sheffield Authors’ Off The Shelf short story competition. She is available on Twitter @Emma_S_Hutson
Joe Jukes is currently studying for an MA in Sexual Dissidence at the University of Sussex, UK. Their primary research interests concern theory, including Queer- and Gender Theory, Critical Theory as well as Cultural Geography and Rural Studies. They have published in The Asexual before, in the Body Issue, and are hoping to pursue a PhD working towards the creation of “Asexual Theory.” Their Twitter can be found here: https://twitter.com/JoeeJayyy.
sydney khoo is a non-binary and queer writer, born in new south wales, australia to malaysian-chinese parents. though typically located crying in starbucks or tweeting in mcdonalds, they can occasionally be found posting creative essays and short stories online. follow them on twitter @sydneykerosene.
Ashley O’Mara is a freelance writer, former Jeopardy! contestant, and PhD candidate at Syracuse University, where they are writing a dissertation about celibacy and asexuality in literature after the English Reformation. Their work on sexuality, religion, and politics has appeared in America and Metathesis. They identify as ace, enby, and some kind of andro- or biromantic. They have strong opinions about hummus. Follow them online at ashleyomara.com and @ashleymomara.