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The Asexual Visibility and Education Network, also known as AVEN, is the largest online hosting presence for asexual individuals, serving as a large archive of resources regarding asexuality. It was founded by David Jay to serve two objectives: getting asexuality recognized as a legitimate sexual orientation, and to build a supportive community of asexuals and allies.[1] Their logo is an upside-down equilateral triangle, with black-to-grey-to-white gradient. It is meant to be an interpretation of the asexual pride flag.[2] It has a growing 135,539 members.[3]

History

David Jay launched AVEN's website in 2001, frustrated by the lack of resources available on asexuality and the general public ignorance surrounding his identity.[4] David appeared on The View in 2006, where he was ostracized and critiqued for his sexuality in an attempt for the panel to make jokes about his sexual orientation.[5] In March 2006, David appeared on the Tucker Carlson Show.[6]

In 2009, AVEN members participated in the San Francisco Pride Parade for the first time.[7] Michael Doré joined the organization in 2009 as part of a UK branch.[3] In 2021, the organization helped circulate information regarding International Asexuality Day, but does not claim responsibility or ownership over the day.[3]

Trivia

  • It is referred to as the largest resource for asexual and aromantic people.[1]

Resources

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