From the inbox #71

“So, it’s ace awareness week. Or it might be over now? I’m not sure. Either way, I’ve been openly ace for about a year now, outside of my family. I tried to come out and they shut me down, basically said I was “too young to decide that for myself.” I’ve got a family friend who has a son and is afraid that, by giving him ‘the talk’ too early, she “made him asexual” simply because the 15 year old has no romantic attraction to anyone. While still difficult and angering for me to hear, this statement was better than a previous one- her father and herself were afraid he was gay, and when I mentioned the possibility of asexuality, she said “that’s even worse.” On this week of awareness, I’ve been trying to think of a way I can help this friend see that asexuality isn’t bad at all, and that no sexuality is ‘worse’ than the other, and have zero ideas how to go about it. At this point, all I know is that it hurts like hell to have my sexuality bashed time and time again by the same person.”

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