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When she wasn't drawn to boys as a teenager, Cathy Roberts figured she was just shy. As she steered men away from her college bed, she convinced herself she wasn't ready.

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Asexual representation is becoming more common — but the orientation is still widely misunderstood. Not wanting sex is not the same as not wanting romance or intimacy — something, its advocates say, the rest of us would benefit from learning. But when the then-teenager came out as asexual, no one believed her. The asexuality movement is young and fast-growing, and it recently received a notable boost.

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But board president Gabrielle Antolovich, 68, said the center would welcome such a group, even though there is a learning curve for some visitors.

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Although he first heard about asexuality in high school, it took him a while to sort out his sexual orientation. The group tries to have a meetup at least once a month. Living in a culture that focuses heavily on sex annoys Oakland resident Nilambari Davis, She identifies as demisexual — someone who only experiences sexual attraction when an emotional connection is made — but usually throws out asexual when coming out to people.

Asexuals leave the closet, find community

The Bay Area is recognized as a major center of the asexual community. Some asexuals identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, while other asexuals are straight or cisgender, meaning someone who identifies as their sex ased at birth. Around 10 to 20 people meet at each one, but people are subscribed to the list, with about semi active, according to Ginoza. More in News.

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By Kristin Lam klam bayareanewsgroup. Asexuality is also different from celibacy, which is a choice not to have sex.

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Would that change that? Starting with internet forums and social media, Bay Area asexuals have built a community where they can dispel misconceptions about their sexual orientation and support one another.

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Eight years later, awareness of asexuality has increased, to the point where some people Ginoza talks to know other asexuals. The sexual orientation itself does not cause psychological symptoms and is not an offshoot of sexual dysfunction.

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Local awareness and acceptance has developed over the years, and she recalls how meaningful her first march with the asexual group at San Francisco Pride was in Asexuality has grown since the sexual orientation became publicly visible in the early s, largely because of the Asexuality Visibility and Education Network, an online community and resource archive. While no comprehensive worldwide studies have been conducted, according to KJ Cerankowski, an assistant professor of gender, sexuality and feminist studies at Oberlin University, a study found that at least 1 percent of people worldwide do identify as asexual.

Like other asexuals who have diverse gender identities and romantic orientations, Roach first determined he is transgender, meaning his gender identity differs from the sex he was ased at birth, and panromantic, meaning he feels romantic attraction to people of all genders.

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Show Caption. Ginoza is a lead organizer for Asexuality San Francisco.

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Members began meeting in San Francisco byaccording to David Jay, the founder of the network. The Berkeley resident now le the organization Asexuality San Francisco, a Bay Area social support and educational group.

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To connect with asexuals who may be struggling with loneliness or stigma, she started attending Asexuality SF meetups last year. Report an error Policies and Standards .