A resource for those who:
- Need to come out to their therapists about asexuality, but aren’t up for fielding 101 questions
- Want their doctors to understand asexuality to avoid misdiagnosis, bad assumptions, or awkward questions
- Simply want to do activism to promote better understanding of asexuality and competent treatment of ace people
You can print this page out and give it to your therapist, doctor, etc. to give them information about asexuality and recommendations for how to treat asexual clients/patients on the spot. This sheet will also direct them to other resources that they can use to educate themselves.
Download it here:
- Asexuality: Basics for Health Professionals (8×11 pdf)
- Asexualidad: Información Básica para Profesionales de la Salud (8 x 11 PDF) — Spanish translation by Chrysocolla Town
- Asexualität: Grundlegende Informationen für Heilberufe (8 x 11 PDF) — German translation by AktivistA (also available here on their site)
We hope that this takes some of the burden off of ace people seeking help for any kind of health problem, including mental health. We plan to do another info sheet specifically geared towards educating therapists about problems frequently encountered by ace survivors.
If you’re doing AAW activities this year, you can print these out and distribute them there, so that anyone who is interested in becoming an ally to asexual people will have an easy way to help out just by giving one of these to their therapist or doctor. If you’re doing any awareness work specifically with therapists and doctors, please get in contact with us! One of our long-term goals is to start a registry of ace-friendly mental health professionals that we can refer people to when they come to us for help, so to that end we will make a sign-up sheet available. If you are interested in helping out, you can have professionals that are educated about asexuality fill out a sign-up sheet and forward their information to us so that we can add them to our list.
Look out also for some tips on how to constructively include ace survivors in 101 education work, as well as a new series of posts by Queenie about why using survivors as rhetorical devices is destructive, even if it might seem helpful.