Putting Indian asexuals on the global map
“We don’t talk about heterosexual sexual health, forget talking about homosexual sexual health. Discussing asexuality is much further away,” says Dr Pragati Singh. The Delhi resident will conduct a fundraiser workshop in the capital this weekend where she will talk about asexuality and about how a person can work out one’s sexual and romantic orientation.
The public health professional is the founder of Indian Aces, a community for asexuals — those who don’t experience sexual attraction towards anyone. Founded in 2014, and reactivated a little more than a year ago, Indian Aces serves as a sounding board for asexuals, ranging from 15-year-olds to senior citizens, and organises meet-ups. “For some, sexuality is fluid. You can identify as asexual today and maybe later as homosexual or a pansexual,” says Singh, who is better known in the community as Grace. “The other school of thought proposes that sexual orientation is something you’re born with, that one discovers what one’s actual sexuality is with time.”
Singh, who has been transitioning into the domain of public sexual health, is hoping to raise, through the workshop and donations, Rs1.3 lakh to make it to the 23rd Congress of the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS), where her …read more