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As we’ve learned in the last decade, representation is everything. From more actors being cast in appropriate roles (we’re all trying to forget the Ghost in the Shell debacle) to more LGBTQ stars speaking out about the pride they have in their identities, it’s a beautiful thing to see. Speaking of the LGBTQ community — so many stars have opened up about what their sexual orientation means to them, how scared they were coming out, and how happy they are now that they did it. However, while many stars have been open about their sexuality and gender identity, there are still many identities that don’t get talked about enough. One of these underrepresented identities is called asexuality. Despite many identifying as asexual, there are so many misconceptions about it.
Per the Asexual Visibility and Education Network, asexuality is defined as “someone who does not experience sexual attraction or an intrinsic desire to have sexual relationships.” Now, they can have relationships with people, and feel romance and love, but they just don’t feel a large need (or any need) for sex.
There’s a lot more to asexuality; it’s actually on a spectrum. And while many who identify as asexual may feel alone, they’re anything but. Many celebrities have talked about their asexuality, shining more of a light on this particular experience of sexuality — read on for what they had to say below.