The physical copy of the proclamation arrived today in the mail. Dang, this thing is FANCY!
I am very pleased and excited to announce that Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed that October 20th-26th is *OFFICIALLY* Asexual Awareness Week in the state of Washington!
I want to thank all of you in this group for helping make this happen! I also want to thank Governor Inslee for signing this, and giving Washington the distinction of being the first state in the nation to recognize Asexual Awareness Week.
This is a BIG deal for the ace community. As far as I’m aware, this is the first time Ace Week has been officially recognized anywhere.
Here is the ceremonial proclamation:
The State of Washington
WHEREAS asexuality is an often unknown and misunderstood sexual orientation; and
WHEREAS people who are asexual but have not heard of asexuality may often feel confused, discouraged, and lonely; and
WHEREAS discovering asexuality can be an affirming, positive, life-changing experience; and
WHEREAS the goal of Asexual Awareness Week is to promote education and understanding about asexuality; and
WHEREAS there are estimated to be at least 70,000 openly identified asexual people in the State of Washington; and
WHEREAS the inclusive and diverse State of Washington is proud to be at the forefront of LGBTQIA+ recognition and acceptance;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jay Inslee, Governor of the state of Washington, do hereby proclaim October 20-26, 2019, as
Asexual Awareness Week
in Washington, and I encourage all people in our state to join me in this special observance.
Signed this 15th day of October, 2019
Governor Jay Inslee
It’s Pride Season!
I often hear that Pride can be a lonely place for aces, so let’s get out there and be seen!
Rainbow Depot sells Asexuality Flags of several different sizes. I’ve been extremely happy with the quality of the flags I’ve bought from there. So, pick up a flag or two and wave around our black-gray-white-purple at whatever events you go to and make yourselves seen!
WhatIsAsexuality.com has a number of printable cards and pamphlets that would make good event handouts. They even have a little open space that’s just the right size for a sticker or stamp with your group’s contact information!
And if you go to a Pride event, take pictures! Post those pictures! Send them here and I’ll put them up on the site. Post them to the Seattle Aces or Northwest Aces Facebook groups. The best way to be visible is to be visible! Show everyone that we exist!
Obviously, in Seattle, the big event is the Seattle Pride Parade and PrideFest at Seattle Center. This year, it will be held on Sunday, June 26th. More events throughout the month of June and other information can be found at Seattle Pride.
Portland is also throwing a party. The Portland Pride Parade is on Sunday, June 19th, and the Pride Festival on the Waterfront is both Saturday the 18th and Sunday the 19th. More information and events can be found at Pride Northwest.
Vancouver waits until the end of July to keep the fun going through the summer. Their parade and festival are on July 31st. You still have time to get your passport or enhanced driver’s licence to get across the border!
But Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver aren’t the only place that’s having Pride events this year. Here’s some others that I found around the Pacific Northwest. (And be sure to visit the sites for more events, as there are often other parties or shows or events on various other dates. I’m only listing the main events from each city here.)
Spokane: Pride Parade and Festival are Saturday, June 11th. Details
Olympia: Pride Parade and Festival are Sunday, June 19th. Details
Seattle: Pride Parade and Festival are Sunday, June 26th. Details
Tacoma: Pride Festival is Saturday, July 9th. Details
Bellingham: Pride Parade and Festival are Sunday, July 10th. Details
Bremerton/Kitsap: Pride Festival is Saturday, June 16th. Details
Astoria: Pride Parade is Saturday, June 11th. Details
Bend/Central Oregon: Pride Festival is Saturday, June 25th. Details
Salem: Pride Festival is Saturday, August 6th. Details
Eugene/Springfield: Pride Festival is Saturday, August 13th. Details
Nanaimo: Pride Parade and Festival are Sunday, June 12th. Details
Victoria: Pride Parade and Festival are Sunday, July 10th. Details
Vancouver: Pride Parade and Festival are Sunday, July 31st. Details
Boise, ID: Pride Festival will be Saturday, June 18th. Details
Anchorage, AK: Pride Parade and Festival are Saturday, June 25th. Details
Eureka, CA: The Humboldt Pride Festival will be held on Saturday, September 10th. Details
Asexual Representation At Pride!
I know of a handful of events where aces will get involved and march in the parade (or have in the past).
I’ve put together a list of ace groups who will be involved in their local Pride events in some way: http://redbeardace.tumblr.com/post/144840083925/aces-on-parade-2016
Please let me know if I missed any events!