Happy Ace-spec Awareness Week!!! That's right, today is day one! And we have a question for you...that we also happened to ask some of AVEN's staff! When did you first discover the term "asexuality"?

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When I was eighteen my friend showed me a video of two girls talking about asexuality (she knew I was struggling with my relationships).
I was happy to know that I was ace. It was like discovering a whole new world.
I was around 16 yo when i watched a report about spongebob being an lgbt+ icon. The creator said spongebob wasn't attracted to anyone so he was asexual. I searched for that term and I that's where i found out I was ace too! 馃挏
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July of this year I started questioning and just under a month ago I accepted myself as Biromantic Asexual 馃挏
A professional contact of mine added an ace Pride flag to her Facebook profile pic and made a post about it during Pride month when I was 22.

I immediately thought it sounded like me, and spent the next 3 years talking myself out of it because "surely I'm straight tho."
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if you can believe it ... 2018 馃し鈥嶁檧锔 I was 38 馃槺馃挏
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well, about 3 years ago. i read about it in a post on social media.
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At a really cute ice skating hangout about 2-3 years ago, from one of my greatest allies, one of my bestest friends, and acewakening helper @the_emmadilemma 馃挏馃挏馃挏
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On a brasilian show named "malha莽茫o"
When I was 15 I tried to find on the internet if there were others like me because I knew I wasn't like people around me
and in one of those I found a webpage talking about asexuality
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I think about 5-6 years ago? I don't really remember how, just that my husband thought I was getting on some "SJW train" and he didn't really take me seriously at the time.
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In 2013-2014, I think. I read the BBC Sherlock fan fiction, and the description included a link to the Aven FAQ. To say that this web page has changed my life is to say nothing.
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When I was 16 or 17 (7-8yrs ago) I ran across it on Tumblr when someone I followed started talking about being asexual
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2012 i found it in google, i don't remember what was i searching. I was 19 years old..
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2009! I forget where, exactly, I first saw the term, but something online led me to check out AVEN. My life's made a heck of a lot more sense ever since 馃榿
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I guess it depends on your idea of "discover". I heard of it in passing a few years ago. Heard it applied to me just over a year ago (with a WRONG DEFINITION). I actually did research and discovered the real meaning of the term in August 2019.
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I was in HS so... maybe 2008? Aven was fairly new, but stumbling onto their website was the first time I saw that there were other people like me. (I'd been telling people I was asexual as a kind of joke since 2005 though XD)
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I had at least heard the term in relation to sexuality in 2018 but I never really understood it until early to mid 2019.... then once I understood it I figured out what was going on with me this whole time
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I first heard of it at 17, so in 2014, when the fb page Have a Hay Day made a post explaining Asexuality (I think)
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3 years ago (I was 19) I met a girl at university who was talking about being aroace. Since I didn鈥榯 know the term I looked it up and felt so relieved because there was a term for the way I felt (and still feel) and others like me
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Probably around 2010! An older friend told me she was asexual over AIM. I was still pretty young, so I don't think I really understood it (or that I was also ace!) until a couple years later.
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Way back when @SYSKPodcast did an episode on it in like 2011, it took me getting through high school and some college before I actually identified with the term, but I would wonder rarely
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3 years ago when Ash Hardel posted a video about it
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About 3 years ago, but I denied myself and am just now fully coming out.
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A year or so ago when I watched Bojack Horseman. Light bulb!
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I think it was back when I was in high school, and I discovered that term in Tv Tropes of all places. But that got me interested enough to learn more about asexuality (and aromanticism, by extension). That was about 4-5 years ago I think
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I learned what being Ace was when I started college and one of my friends told me she was Ace and explained it to me. I thought at the time I wasn鈥檛 Ace bc my body would react to stuff even if my mind wouldn鈥檛 but I know now that鈥檚 not how it works.
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Honestly, I cant remember 馃 Maybe when I was 12 or something, when I started to know more about the LGBT community on the internet heh
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Gonna be a partially #NSFW post so I'm gonna do the full story in the replies. TLDR though is, few days after an experience I saw the term and it clicked for me.
It was in a footnote of my AP psychology textbook. The section was on the Kinsey scale.
I first heard the word from a friend from discord and thought it meant something like aromantic. Later on I found out that you can have romantic relationships without experiencing sexual attraction. That's being asexual. Then I remembered my friend. I was like, oh dang that's me.
When I was 19, so about 6 years ago. Took me about 2 more years before I applied the term to myself though...
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