"An asexual person is a person who does not experience sexual attraction." That's the first thing you'll read on www.asexuality.org, the home of the Asexuality Visibility and Education Network (AVEN). For asexuals, that barely begins to describe their sexual or romantic orientations, but for society at large, it can be a big step forward.
Becky, 33, who requested Windy City Times not use her surname, lives in Lakeview and identifies as an a-romantic asexual. To her, that means she has no inclination to be sexually or romantically intimate with either men or women.
It sounds simple enough, but it took Becky the first 26 years of her life (when she discovered AVEN) before she had even considered it.
"I assumed that I was gay and I came out to myself and my family three different times, but I never really wanted to do anything about it and I never managed to meet any girl I was attracted to," she said.
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