Michael Paramo was born on Tongva, Acjachemen, and Payómkawichum land, is currently a PhD student on Musqueam land researching subjects and constructs related to (a)sexuality, (a)romanticism, (a)gender existence, decoloniality, and Indigeneity, has a Twitter account @mxparamo and a Profile Page, and is always thinking of ways to re-embody an inner artistic spirit located within.
Publications─ “Mainstream media must be more inclusive of asexual people” for LS:N Global. February 19th, 2019.─ “Virtual Intimacy and Queer Confrontations in The Last of Us: Left Behind.” Peer-reviewed Video Game Art Reader 2, February 2019.─ “The ‘A’ Doesn’t Stand For Ally” for INTO. October 11th, 2018.─ “Queer Empowerment Anthems: Subversive Legacies and Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’.” The American Papers, 2017-2018.─ “Beyond Sex: The Multi-Layered Model of Attraction” for Medium. Selected by editors at Medium to be featured in “Sexuality.” March 13th, 2018.─ “Stop Shaming Male Virgins. Why it Matters for Asexual Men.” for The Asexual. January 6th, 2018.─ “LGBT Inclusive Public School Curriculum: A Gradual Process, Support vs. Opposition, and Effects on LGBT Youth.” The American Papers, 2016-2017.─ Writer at The Queerness. 2016-2017.─ “White Wolf” for Bombus Press. Fall 2016.
Workshops, Presentations, and PanelsCalifornia State University, Northridge ─ “Navigating Asexual and Aromantic Identity in a Sexual/Romantic World.” Invited Workshop Facilitator, March 7th, 2019.
UC Davis ─ “Navigating Asexual and Aromantic Identities in a Sexual and Romantic World.” Invited Workshop Facilitator, February 22nd, 2019.
Princeton University ─ “Understanding Our Ace and Aromantic Identities Workshop.” Invited Workshop Facilitator, October 16th, 2018.
National Women’s Studies Association ─ "Tracing Desirelessness: An Historical Analysis of 'Asexual' Existence." Hilton Baltimore, November 16-19th, 2017.
Ethnic Studies Summit ─ "Gender, Performance, and Drag Culture." Invited Panelist, Wilshire Theater, Fullerton College, October 14th, 2017.
California American Studies Association ─ "Reproducing Erasure: The Inclusivity Issue of Gay Media." CSULB, April 28-29th, 2017.
Popular Culture Association ─ "LGBT Inclusive Public-School Curriculum: A Gradual Process, Support vs. Opposition, and Effects on LGBT Youth." Marriot Marina, San Diego, April 17-20th, 2017.
International Association for the Study of Popular Music ─ “'God Makes No Mistakes': Analyzing the LGBT Empowerment Anthem and Lady Gaga’s 'Born This Way.'" Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, February 23-26th, 2017.
Interviews, Features, and Citations─ 10 Indie Publications Redefining Print Media. Featured for Post Culture published on November 23, 2018─ What It's Like To Date When You're Asexual: Asexual people still date, even if they're not that into sex. Interviewed for The Huffington Post published on November 12th, 2018─ Óðinn: A Queer týr? A Study of Óðinn's Function as a Queer Deity in Pre-Christian Scandinavia. Cited in Thesis by Amy Jefford Franks (Master of Arts, Viking and Medieval Norse Studes) published November 2018─ Celebrating Ace Achievement: “The Asexual”. Featured for Asexuality New Zealand Trust published on October 23rd, 2018─ Les «two-spirit», ces Amérindiens qui dénoncent le colonialisme culturel des LGBT. Interviewed by Félicien Cassan for Slate.fr published on September 27th, 2018─ When You’re An Asexual Assault Survivor, It’s Even Harder To Be Heard. Interviewed by Julie Kliegman for Buzzfeed Reader published on July 26th, 2018─ ALTERNATE TAKE: On Chesil Beach (2018). Cited by Dominic Cooke for Cinematary published on June 4, 2018─ Why I Began A Magazine For Asexual People To Express Themselves. Interviewed for Cake via Youth Ki Awaaz published on December 18, 2017─ Let me assure you that my life is no less fulfilling, thank you very much. Interviewed with Aeron P, Vesper H, and Alison K for Buzzfeed LGBT (video) on October 27, 2017─ ‘Centering Ace Perspectives and Narratives’: An Interview with Michael Paramo, Founder of The Asexual. Interviewed by Noah Fields for Anomalous Press on October 23, 2017
Experience─ Founder and Lead Editor of The Asexual journal (theasexual.com).─ Managing Editor (2017-2018) and Editor-in-Chief (2018-2019) of The American Papers, a graduate student journal for the American Studies department at California State University, Fullerton.─ Social Media Platform Management for The Asexual on Twitter. 15,000+ followers.─ Published academic article by Brian Fink, a Professor of Public Health at the University of Toledo, Ohio via The Asexual. April 2018.