a space for ace creators.
The Asexual was founded in October 2016 and 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 amplify asexual narratives, perspectives, and activism. Since the first issue of The Asexual journal was released in April 2017, it has published the poetry, personal essays, paintings, digital art, and other work of over thirty-five authors who identify under the ace umbrella from Hungary, India, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Pieces published in the latest issue of the journal, which is currently Vol. 1, Issue 3 on the intersections of the body and asexuality, have collectively received over 3,500 views. The Asexual also publishes articles, feature pieces, and interviews for inclusion on this website. These pieces are diverse in topic, scope, and narrative, serving the purpose of centering ace activism, uplifting the often unheard voices of ace people, providing a space for ace perspectives on a diverse array of topics, educating others about asexuality, and more. In 2017, these articles, along with the journal issues, have reached a total of 18,000 views.
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, and the Orange County Register.