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WHEREAS, in 2010, Sara Beth Brooks – founder of Asexual Awareness Week, fought to increase awareness, visibility, and decrease stigma surrounding asexuality; and
WHEREAS, it is estimated that there are at least 85,000 asexual people in the Commonwealth of Virginia; and
WHEREAS, the goal of Asexual Awareness Week is to promote education and understanding about asexuality, as well celebrate those who identify as asexual; and
WHEREAS, since asexuality is an often unknown and misunderstood sexual orientation, it is imperative that we dismantle beliefs and assumptions about those who identify as asexual; and
WHEREAS, due to societal pressures, discrimination, and misconceptions, people who identify as asexual may often feel that their bodies are broken, as well as confused, discouraged, and lonely; and
WHEREAS, discovering asexuality can be a positive life-changing experience and can lead to greater acceptance of one’s body, needs, and happiness; and
WHEREAS, those who identify as asexual should be acknowledged, accepted, and validated; 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 October 25-31, 2020, as ASEXUAL AWARENESS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.