...and asexual. I announced my asexuality on facebook the other day, and encouraged people to look up the term if they were curious, and I came out to one of my friends via email and another via text. I knew they wouldn't have an issue with it. I am proud to call myself asexual, but explaining it to people might be difficult. I told my mom, and encouraged her to look at this site if she wanted to know more, but I still don't think she fully understands, and most people probably won't. I haven't told my dad (yes, I am 24 and still live with my parents. I don't make enough to live on my own, and I get along with them), and I'm not sure how to explain it to him. It's kind of hard to explain asexuality without going "here, check out this site" or "read the wiki article" lol. Still, now that I have discovered my, uh, preference has a name, I want to express it, show my "pride", if you will.
Before, I was calling myself bisexual, but was closeted about it. Only my two closest friends knew, and it was something I struggled with. I have never been in a relationship with a male or female (unless you count the boyfriend that lasted about a month, and we barely kissed, though he wanted to), but I was attracted--though not sexually--to females, and could see myself in a relationship with one. I kept this to myself because I'd heard so many "coming out" horror stories. I knew if I told my parents I was bisexual, they would still love me, and wouldn't kick me out, but they would be disappointed, and I was afraid they would treat me differently.
I learned about the terms biromantic, homoromantic, panromantic, etc, when I looked up asexuality, so I'm an asexual biromantic. There is still the "bi" I have to contend with though, because I am open to a non-sexual relationship with either a male or a female, though I am currently not looking for a relationship at all. How do I come out to my parents that I am asexual, but bi? My mom probably suspects, but whenever she asks I just kind of shrug and says I'm unsure. So what should I do?