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Drafted answers to several answering team emails ready for review, began drafting a section in The Definition Debate article in the wiki about the current definition debate. Once the first draft is more refined, I'll be ready to post it in the new wiki thread for more input before posting it to the wiki.

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michaeld

Late response again sorry. It's all WorldPride for me (well apart from the usual answering media and speaker requests, and giving a talk on Tuesday at a bank!)

 

We're just about on course. Have insurance set and ready to be booked. Have many of the march materials either ready to go or nearly ready. A huge thank you to Kelico for help with that. They also helped us convert our logo into vector format, which allows us to appear on the main worldpride website - I'll send a link when I have it. Have translators in place - still some details to be worked out. Have a first draft of the timetable, which is being finalised next week. Have contacted people about their travel plans, accessibility arrangements and (some) invitations to panel - though some are still to come. Also working out how the conference will be videoed (and maybe even livestreamed - not sure we can do that yet though). And a load more stuff I forgot (though I've had help with all these things - you know who you are!) This is going to continue to be my life (outside work) for the next 3 weeks.....

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Well ... seems we're way behind with this update. Apologies for that.

 

The whole of June was taken up with WP for me. Organising the conference. And preparing materials for the march. For the latter I need to thank Kelico especially for all the work they did.l And our Spanish friends for helping translate our leaflets. Organising the conferene took most of the rest of my time - again I had help of course! I hope we can put up vids from the conference soon.

 

I also gave a talk at the WorldPride Human Rights conference - aka the WorldPride Summit - in Madrid, along with Pablo, a Spanish activist, and a Spanish psychologist ally. The summit declaration is well worth reading as it mentions asexuality explicitly!

 

I also took part in the Orgullo Critico march in Spain. And of course the WorldPride march. And a week later the Pride London march (thanks skycaptain for organising that!)

 

Since then I've been trying to get back into UK activism, which I've neglected for too long. I had another meeting with the Office of National Statistics about their Gender and Sexual Id question. (Also I arranged for a non-binary activist to attend one of their meetings while I was in Spain.) The upshot is that the sexual id question in the 2021 UK census will not include asexuality (sadly) but will include a write-in option. I think our efforts in part led to the latter outcome instead of a simple "other" tick box. Not sure how I feel about that. But maybe we can gather some data about UK asexuality. IT will require people actually taking the initiative to write the word asexual, so I would have much preferred a tick box as some may not even know the term. But oh well.

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Well this unfortunately seems to have become the bimonthly bulletin in my case (if that) and we need to change that. We are getting a lot of new members soon and I feel getting this out once a month should be the expectation.

 

The truth is, I've been last active since the WorldPride surge. This was a big undertaking that took a lot out of me, but as I've said before the PT position is one where you can work very hard at times and then drift along for other periods. That being said, I've kept the media and speaker requests we're getting ticking over. There are a number of student projects that requested interviews, as well as mainstream media. Most notably on the latter, I connected up one of the new PT, Sea-Lemon, for an interview on Scottish national radio last week. And there's more to come! You'll be seeing more details shortly, but brief: Sea-Lemon is appearing again on Monday on radio. And we should have a piece on the BBC site to mark AAW! I'm a little nervous about this one as my relatives read the BBC site. I'm out to them but it's still awkward!

 

We also have possible representation on a play put on by UCL next week on female sexuality - we found them an ace panelist for the discussion afterwards. I'm afraid though, we don't have confirmation it's actually going ahead so I'm loathe to post details at the moment. If you are interested please PM me.

 

Moving forward from WorldPride and now AAW, I wish to concentrate more on the UK as already mentioned. I'll be starting a project on this at the end of AAW so watch this space. :P

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Resource and Education Director Update: My first project in this role will be to update the FAQ on the main page. I'm currently in the process of reviewing existing content. Drafts of the updated FAQ will be presented to PT, and the plan is to implement them once PT reaches a consensus. The length of time this may take is unknown at this point, but when this is put into effect it will be announced to the community.

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Quiet month for me: usual stream of media requests, some of which look promising. There is a possible BBC documentary about dating; the UK media team has stepped up here and we have a few volunteers. I also had a request from a writer of a new book on asexuality; they now have several interview subjects. I haven't made progress with the UK project I wanted to get going this year: I've been too busy with work. But hopefully now...

 

I say this periodically but if you'd like to join the media team, please PM me...

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On 1/28/2018 at 1:47 PM, Snao Cone said:

Resource and Education Director Update: My first project in this role will be to update the FAQ on the main page. I'm currently in the process of reviewing existing content. Drafts of the updated FAQ will be presented to PT, and the plan is to implement them once PT reaches a consensus. The length of time this may take is unknown at this point, but when this is put into effect it will be announced to the community.

Update on this update: I've now updated the FAQ with fresh answers, links to more current information, some reworded questions, some added questions, and a gif of a car falling down a cliff. Huge thanks to the PT and other AVENites who helped, including @Homer @TheAP @kelico @OptimisticPessimist and @Puck. If you spot any errors or have any issues or suggestions regarding these FAQ, please feel free to PM me.

 

https://www.asexuality.org/?q=overview.html

https://www.asexuality.org/?q=general.html

https://www.asexuality.org/?q=family.html

https://www.asexuality.org/?q=relationship.html

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^ Snao is amazing!

 

I've forgotten about this thread. I might as well update. : )

 

I, along with my mini social media team of @OptimisticPessimist, @Kyon., @SkyWorld, and @CosineTheCat have been keeping up the AVEN Facebook. Instead of once every 3 days, or sometimes even once a week, we've been scheduling posts for once every 2 days, and sometimes we will post more in between. The AVEN Twitter page is 99% handled by OP now because that's her forte, and I am so amazed at her skills with it. I'm so grateful! So when you're getting great replies or retweets there, it is most likely her. I've been checking and reblogging posts on the Tumblr as well as posting important things like research requests or the London Ace Con info. I started the AceCon facebook page a couple months ago and kept it up, creating some of the graphics for it as well, along with the help of many awesome UK members.

 

So that's the update on the social media side of things. I'm also working with the Answering Team to get through the giant backlog of QA emails!

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