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Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week


WHEREAS, Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week, which is celebrated the first full calendar week after Valentine’s Day, was created to increase awareness, visibility, and acceptance of aromantic spectrum identities; and

WHEREAS, a goal of Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week is to educate and acknowledge that aromanticism is a romantic orientation for those who experience little or no romantic attraction; and

WHEREAS, since aromanticism is often an unknown and misunderstood romantic orientation, it is imperative that we challenge beliefs and assumptions about those who identify as aromantic; and

WHEREAS, because aromanticism remains generally unknown and unrecognized, people who identify as aromantic may often feel isolated and confused, and lack access to resources and support networks; and

WHEREAS, discovering aromanticism can be an affirming and positive life-changing experience and can lead to greater acceptance of one’s body, needs, and happiness; and

WHEREAS, having peers, family, and community members who know of and understand aromanticism can provide safety, support, and comfort to aromantic people; and

WHEREAS, those who identify as aromantic should be acknowledged, accepted, and validated; and

WHEREAS, Aromantic Spectrum Awareness week aims to spread awareness and acceptance of aromantic spectrum identifies and the challenges faced by the aromantic community; and

WHEREAS, our Commonwealth is proud of and strengthened by the rich diversity of Virginians of all identities and will continue to advocate for and promote inclusion;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize February 21-27, 2021, as

AROMANTIC SPECTRUM AWARENESS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.