As everyone knows, the ACE community comprises asexual individuals, who are referred to as being gray-A, a grace or a gray ace. Within the broad ACE umbrella (again, I recognise I am preaching to the choir here – these notes are intended for the uninitiated), there are various individuals who are demisexual, semisexual, asexual-ish and sexual-ish – or quite possibly a mix of these-ish.
It’s clearly not necessary for me to define these terms to this audience; however, by way of example, the asexuality blog helpfully explains that people who are “Ace of Diamonds: Demiromantic/Demisexual & Grey-aromantic/Grey-Asexual“ are those who experience romantic and/or sexual attraction only if a strong emotional bond is established OR Experiences romantic/sexual attraction rarely, not strongly enough to act on, only under specific circumstances, or fluctuates between periods of experiencing attraction and not experiencing it.”
Whichever way you swing (or don’t, in the case of the gray-As), these people occupy a high place in the oppression pyramid. For this reason, we need to celebrate their existence and make them more visible in general society.
And this is precisely where we at the Accredited Times let down the gray aces. The ‘international ACE visibility Day’ takes places each year on May 8th, i.e. two days ago. Which means we let this important day go by without marking it with an article in support of a community which is so often forgotten.
It is one thing to forget a loved one’s birthday or a significant anniversary (although my experience is that I get plenty of reminders after the event), it is quite another to forget the ACE visibility day.
So, to all the gray-As out there, sorry for forgetting your big day; I hope you celebrated it with a bang.