Pride 2019 Recap

A group of about 20 people walking down a street holding signs and flags. People at the front of the group are holding a banner with the TAAAP logo and the words "The Ace and Aro Advocacy Project."

TAAAP was thrilled to participate in a number of different pride events this June. Attending pride events and representing asexuality and aromanticism helps us to spread awareness of our identities and connect with the larger LGBTQ+ community.

Capital Pride Parade in Washington, D.C.

A group of 15 people pose with a variety of flags and signs behind a banner that has the TAAAP logo and the words "The Ace and Aro Advocacy Project, taaap.org"
TAAAP’s contingent waiting to march at the Capital Pride Parade.

On Saturday, June 8th, we marched in the Capital Pride Parade for the second time. About 20 marchers joined us decked out in ace colors, aro colors, and more. Thanks to a generous donation from Asexuality Archive, we were able to fly full-size greyromantic, demiromantic, grey-asexual, and demisexual flags in addition to the aromantic and asexual flags. We passed out stickers that said “LGBTQIA: the A stands for Asexual, Aromantic, Agender,” and enjoyed meeting aces and aros on the sidelines.

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The sticker TAAAP passed out at Capital Pride.

Baltimore Pride Parade

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TAAAP marching in the Baltimore Pride Parade.

On Saturday, June 15th, we marched in the Baltimore Pride Parade for the first time. We had about 10 marchers in our contingent wearing their most ace and aro attire. The Baltimore Pride Parade felt very community-driven, and we really enjoyed our time there.

Northern Maryland Pride

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(From left to right) Skyler, Emily, Tori, and Isabel at the Frederick Pride Festival

Several of our members took a road trip up to northern Maryland on Saturday, June 22nd. The first stop was the Frederick Pride Festival. Next, we were pleased to be able to attend the first annual Upper Chesapeake Bay Pride Festival.

WorldPride in New York City

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(From left to right) Isabel, Laura, Alex, Axel, and Mykie at the Human Rights Conference

A few of our members attended events in New York City for WorldPride. At the Human Rights Conference on Tuesday, June 25th, we participated on a panel on Overlooked Identities in the Queer Community. Later that week, we were able to attend the premiere screening of the upcoming Asexuals documentary.

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(From left to right) Laura, Emily, Steph, and Anzo outside the Grace Institute after the Ace & Aro Conference

On Saturday, June 29th, we attended the Ace & Aro Conference hosted by Aces NYC and AVEN. Asexuality conferences have been a part of WorldPride since it was hosted by London in 2012; however this was the first conference that was also dedicated to aromanticism. The Ace & Aro Conference featured a number of guest speakers as well as unconference-style sessions that allowed attendees to create sessions that best fit what they wanted to attend.

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Emily at the NYC Pride March

Last but certainly not least, we attended the NYC Pride March on Sunday, June 30th as a part of the Aces NYC marching contingent. About 80 people marched, and we encountered many other aces and aros in the crowds.

TAAAP at Pride 2019

We are thrilled to announce that The Ace and Aro Advocacy Project will be representing asexuality and aromanticism at Pride events throughout the DC and Mid-Atlantic region! Below are a list of events and dates. If you are in the area and would like to join us, just send us a message at advocacy@taaap.org. The more, the merrier!

  • Saturday, June 8: We will be marching in the Capital Pride Parade for the second year in a row, as the first ace and aro organization to march in DC Pride.
  • Saturday, June 15: We will be marching in the Baltimore Pride Parade for the first time.
  • Saturday, June 22: We will be attending Frederick Pride in Frederick, MD.
  • Saturday, June 22: We will be attending the first annual Upper Chesapeake Bay Pride in Havre de Grace, MD.
  • Monday, June 24-25: We will be hosting, moderating, and speaking on a panel at the Human Rights Conference as part of WorldPride NYC for the fiftieth anniversary of Stonewall. This panel will focus on the underrepresented and overlooked identities in the queer community, including ace, aro, bi+, genderqueer, and intersex speakers.
  • Saturday, June 29: We will be attending the Ace & Aro Conference 2019 for WorldPride.

We hope to see you there!

2018 Marks the First Year Asexuality is Officially Represented at Capital Pride

By Laura G.

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TAAP’s 2018 Capital Pride Parade Contingent before the parade started.

On June 9th, 2018, fifteen asexual people marched in the 2018 Capital Pride parade with The Asexual Awareness Project. This effort was made possible by donations from members of Asexuals of the Mid-Atlantic that covered the costs of the entry fee, a professionally printed banner (seen in the picture above), and stickers to pass out to viewers on the sidelines.

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TAAP’s contingent marching in the 2018 Capital Pride Parade

The TAAP members who marched were thrilled at the response they received. “This was so awesome, especially seeing all of the people excited by our presence!” said Isabel N. “There were some people who were happy asexuals had representation, and others who were ecstatic seeing themselves represented.”

Many people on the sidelines also saw and appreciated TAAP’s presence. One person tweeted:

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Tweet by @rockriled that reads: “I got an #asexualpride sticker with info about a group at DC’s #PRIDE and mcfreakin lost it, send help”

In 2016 and 2017, the Asexuals of the Mid-Atlantic viewed the parade from the sidelines, and in 2017 a portion of the group also attended the Capital Pride Festival together. While there were some asexual people to be found among the crowds in these years, there were very few representations of asexuality in the parade and festival booths themselves.

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Isabel N. holding the ace flag and rainbow flag on the sidelines of the 2016 Capital Pride Parade.
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Members of Asexuals of the Mid-Atlantic at the sidelines of the 2017 Capital Pride Parade.

In addition to TAAP marching in the parade, there was a noticeable increase in asexual representation at Capital Pride 2018 in general. The word “asexual” was included in the graphic used to advertise the theme for the year, which was “Elements of Us.” Many more booths at the festival had ace flags this year than in 2017.

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A graphic for Capital Pride 2018’s theme of “Elements of Us” that includes the word asexual, which can be found underneath the word “gay.”
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An ace flag found on the Kaiser Permanente contingent’s parade float.

TAAP plans on marching again at the 2019 Capital Pride Parade, and hopes to see even more asexual representation at future pride celebrations. If you would like to donate to help us make this happen, please visit our donate page for instructions.