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It’s Agender Pride Day! | Albany Pride

A day for all those people who identify as being agender, genderless, gender-neutral, genderblank, or not identify with any particular gender at all!

ALBANY PRIDE would like to take this opportunity to observe Agender Pride Day, agender people, and a special mention to our agender supporters.

May 17th marks the anniversary of when the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from the Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, thirty-one years ago in 1990.

Yet, LGBTQIA+ people still face significant stigma, prejudice and discrimination in society, and higher rates of abuse and violence, which puts them at a higher risk of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, self-harm and suicidal ideation.

Intersex individuals are still subjected to unnecessary medical interventions, often without informed consent (or any consent at all) at the hands of medical practitioners that consider intersex variations “disorders of sex development” which need to be “fixed” or “normalised”.

It was only in 2019 that being transgender stopped being considered a mental illness (much like homosexuality was considered previously) by WHO, yet still, transgender, nonbinary and gender-diverse people continue to be the targets of hostility and their identities dismissed as nothing more than manifestations of ‘mental illness’.

Lesbian, gay and bisexual+ individuals are still being subjected to “Gay Conversion Therapy”, a dangerous form of pseudoscience to “cure” them of their sexuality, and still face prevailing myths and misconceptions related to their sexual orientations.

Asexual+ people are still subjected to being seen as having a sexual dysfunction, rather than a legitimate sexual orientation.

ALBANY PRIDE are observing IDAHOBIT today in order to raise awareness of the various forms of Queerphobia that significantly impact the lives of LGBTQIA+ people.

Our lives, and our health, matter. Our sexualities, gender identities and/or intersex status are not disorders, they are realities. Just as importantly, though, we must celebrate ourselves and our achievements without shame.

We hope you will join us in raising Pride Flags wherever you are and showing support for the LGBTQIA+ community!

ALBANY PRIDE is, as continues to be, an inclusive organisation, for and to, the full spectrum of people within the LGBTQIA+ umbrella.

If you are struggling, there is help available:

Lifeline:
13 11 14

Youth Line:
1800 198 313

beyondblue:
1300 224 636

Mental Health Emergency Response Line:
1300 555 788 (Metro)
1800 676 822 (Peel)
1800 552 002 (Country/Rurallink)

26th April is Lesbian Visibility Day, and kicks off Lesbian Visibility Week!The aim is to celebrate lesbians and show solidarity with all LGBTQI women and non binary people in our community.

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You can find out more at https://www.lesbianvisibilityweek.com

Today marks the first International Asexuality Day!

The aim of the day is to provide advocacy, celebration, education and solidarity about asexuality and the other identities under the asexual (โ€œaceโ€) umbrella, such as demisexuality and grey asexuality.

This year, the IAD is hoping to highlight the work that the international Ace Community.

Asexuality, put simply, is the lack of sexual attraction towards others (but not necessarily a lack of romantic attraction); but asexuality covers a spectrum and range of identities on an asexual spectrum.

IDENTITIES & TERMINOLOGY

ASEXUAL:
an individual who experiences little or no sexual attraction towards others.

DEMISEXUAL:
an individual who does not experience sexual attraction until a deep emotional bond is formed.

ACEFLUX:
an individual whose sexuality fluctuates between being asexual or allosexual (non-asexual).

GREYSEXUAL (or GREY ASEXUAL, GREY-ACE):
an individual who is somewhere between being asexual and allosexual.

LITHOSEXUAL/AKOISEXUAL:
an individual who experiences sexual attraction, but does not want the attraction to be reciprocated.

FRAYSEXUAL:
an individual whose sexual attraction towards someone fades or disappears once a romantic attraction is formed.

RECIPROSEXUAL:
an individual does not experience attraction until theyโ€™re aware somebody is attracted to them first.

AROMANTIC:
an individual who experiences little or no romantic attraction towards others (but may not necessarily be asexual).

ALLOSEXUAL:
an individual who is not asexual.

ALLOROMANTIC:
an individual who is not aromantic.

ACE:
a slang term for asexual.

ACE OF HEARTS:
somebody who is asexual, but alloromantic.

ACE OF SPADES, AROACE:
somebody who is both asexual and aromantic.