Hi! I see at the top of the webpage there is a list of (I assume) people who are considered queer or in need of resources and a safe space. I was curious whether asexual people are considered queer by OUTline? Thanks for your time.
I’m so glad you asked this question!
I would say that if a person feels that they are rendered invisible or marginalized by our heterosexual-monogamist-cisgender-normative society and wants or needs a safe space to connect with other folks who have had similar experiences, then OUTline is here for them. This includes folks who identify as queer, trans*, asexual and polyamorous. The only people we don’t work to carve out safe spaces for are cis-heterosexual-monogamous folks. That’s not because we don’t love them – allies are so awesome and we’re grateful for all they do – but simply because all spaces are their spaces. We live in a society that privileges those identities at the expense of all the other ones.
But even that isn’t a hard-and-fast rule – the case could be made that a person raised by gay parents, even if they identify as cis, monogamous, and heterosexual, may be in need of a safe space. If you’ve got two Dads, chances are you’ve had something like a “coming out experience” and experienced homophobia. Ditto if your mom is a transwoman, or you have three or four parents in the family home. At the end of the day, I would say that OUTline is not an organization that is about policing identities or excluding people.
I think that, unfortunately, asexuals are often rendered invisible in our community. In the past I know that even OUTline has (unintentionally) been part of that, but we are always growing and changing. This is something that I have been working hard to address behind the scenes, in training and in the services that we offer. Changes to our web presence will be a little slower since our main website is currently in transition, but here on WordPress, you’ll start to see changes very soon.
Hope that helps to clear things up :]