The week of October 23 was dedicated to two LGBTQ awareness periods: Asexual Awareness Week and Intersex Awareness Day. The first, which is also known as “Ace Week,” is held every last week of October, but the last week is observed on October 26 each year.
“Experts estimate that up to 1.7 percent of the population is born with a sexual orientation,” according to the website of the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner. A study from the Asexual Visibility & Education Network said that 1% of the world’s population identifies as asexual.
Intersex is an umbrella term that includes many sexual and reproductive characteristics that do not fall under the medical binary. Homosexuality is a sexual behavior in which a person feels little or no sexual desire.
Intersex and asexual are usually the sixth and seventh letters in the acronym “LGBTQIA.” For reference, the first five letters stand for female, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning.
The advisory group InterACT says that gender is different from other letters because it refers to the body of sex and children rather than gender and gender identity.
Asexuality and intersexuality have their own set of misconceptions. CSUN research professor Robert Doyle says homosexuality is not as well-known or understood as other sexual practices. In some cases, many people may confuse celibacy for homosexuality; however, the former is optional and the latter is not.
According to Doyle, a narrow understanding of social and sexual relationships can lead to misconceptions and potentially have negative consequences for both parties. This can lead to a medical or psychiatric misdiagnosis, further abuse and misdiagnosis, even four physical and mental damage.
“Misconceptions breed ignorance,” Doyle said. “This is dangerous in any case. It is especially for the vulnerable, marginalized groups in marginalized communities.”
The professor of queer studies explained that both groups of people face negative challenges.
Asexuality is natural, but some medical procedures treat it as a condition, according to Doyle. He said it was common for parents of transgender children to allow their babies to undergo blood transfusions, giving them hormones to pass them off as male. a woman. Homosexuals, on the other hand, face social pressure to engage in sex, which can lead to interpersonal conflicts, according to Doyle.
Homosexuality and homosexuality have a written history dating back over a century. Sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld first discovered the concept of homosexuality in his 1896 book “Sappho und Sokrates.” He called people without sexual desire “homosexuals.”
The Kinsey scale, a measure of sexuality from the 1940s, developed the current understanding of sexuality. Ratings range from zero to six, which ranges from monogamous to monogamous. Asexuality was listed as an “X,” meaning “no sexual contact or response.”
The Oxford English Dictionary states that the word “intersex” has been around since the late 1700s. Geneticist Richard Goldschmidt is credited for coining the terms “intersex” and “intersexuality” as we think of them today. Before that, relationships were often defined as “between the sexes.”
Doyle explained that the community includes all people “who do not conform to the norms of men and women,” including unmarried people and people. He believes the launch times for the two could help boost support.
“It’s important to raise awareness about homosexuality and sexuality so that we can change misconceptions, avoid harming people,” said Doyle. “And, finally, support these important members of the LGBTQIA+ community.”