a space for ace creators.
The Asexual was founded by Michael Paramo in October 2016. It serves as a space for writers and artists under the ace umbrella to publish their work in an online and physical quarterly journal. Its main objective is to center narratives, perspectives, and activism of ace and asexual people. Since the first issue of The Asexual, this space has published the poetry, personal essays, paintings, digital art, of ace people from Hungary, India, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The Asexual also publishes articles, feature pieces, and interviews. These pieces are diverse in topic, scope, and narrative and serve the purpose of centering ace activism, uplifting the often unheard voices of ace people, providing a space for ace perspectives, and educating others about asexuality. Beyond this objective, The Asexual seeks to advance discourse on asexuality beyond awareness and into understudied realms, which may include an examination of attraction and desire, queerness and sex, labels and meaning, gender expression and identity, and more. The Asexual exemplifies independently-managed media to its fullest extent, run entirely by one person since its inception. If you would like to support them, donate today.
The Asexual received over 15,500 visits and 25,000 page views in 2017. It is followed by Lamda Literary, the leading LGBT Literary organization in the nation. It has been featured in interviews with Anomalous Press (fka Drunken Boat) and The Cake.
founder, lead editor, layout, writer, social media.
Michael Paramo is a queer asexual Latinx grad student currently residing in southern California. They founded The Asexual due to an intense passion to amplify the narratives, perspectives, and activism of people under the ace umbrella. They continuously manage all facets of The Asexual, serving as the lead editor, layout editor, and cover designer of The Asexual journal, as well as web designer, article writer, editor, and social media manager of the website. They hope to continue developing The Asexual into a prominent space that centers asexuality and ace experiences, while also uplifting ace voices.
Their research interests include queer theory, intersectional approaches, attraction and desire, media representation, gender and performance, and asexuality studies. They have presented their research on varying topics at the 2017 Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association, the 2017 International Association for the Study of Popular Music, and the 2017 National Women's Studies Association conferences. They have received editorial experience both as an editor of a student journal on their campus as well as an editorship on H-Net, an online interdisciplinary forum for scholars in the humanities and social sciences. They have been featured by Buzzfeed LGBT, Anomalous Press, The Cake, and the Orange County Register.
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.