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AVEN Unofficial Discord and other resources during the pandemic

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michaeld

Hi all,

I hope everyone is still doing well, and is coping with any restrictions in place in your area. Thanks to everyone who gave feedback here about useful existing virtual resources for the ace community during the pandemic.

 

We are pleased to announce the AVEN Unofficial discord is open for business, as a chat area for members of the ace and aro communities to hang out, support each other during the pandemic and work together on projects. For details on joining, please go to the following thread (AVEN members only).

We now (26 April) have over 250 members. Do join and say hello! If you are a member of the ace community reading and don't have an AVEN account, please email aven.pt@gmail.com to ask to join.

 

Other ace chat resources

  • AVEN chat: as of 17 April, AVEN now has a new chat (account required)! Click on the window in a circle, usually to the bottom left of the screen, when logged in.
  • International AVEN discord run by @zimou, with English, French, Spanish and Polish rooms, and an international room where everyone can talk. If you would like to be added, please PM me or email aven.pt@gmail.com, specifying which out of the 4 languages you prefer.
  • AASD ("Ace and Aro spectrum discord") is a very large discord server that has been running many years (unaffiliated with AVEN). To join again please PM me or email aven.pt@gmail.com.
  • Ace Stammtisch: a German language discord server. To join, click here (see @Merle's post below).
  • Various geographic areas also have local discords, often run by meetup organisers. See below for some ways of finding your local meetup scene if you haven't already!

To gain access to the discords, as an alternative to PMing or emailling, the direct links are given in the "other resources" channel on the AVEN Unofficial discord.

 

Virtual meetups

 

Now that in-person meetups are difficult or impossible in many areas, a lot of our meetups have swiched to virtual. Here are some resources.

  • AVEN's meetup mart (account required) list meetups (now virtual) by area, and also international online meetups.
  • meetup.com has ace and aro groups in many different cities around the world.
  • acesandaros.org is another really useful site: as well as many other ace and aro resources, it has a search box taking you to meets and events (currently largely virtual!) in different cities. (Note: it has a lot of overlap with the meetup.com results.)
  • We plan to hold further organised meetings on the AVEN Unofficial discord mentioned above. Stay tuned!

 

Ace visibility and education

  • Our discord has a focus group, making new ace vis/ed resources during lockdown, focussing on areas such as grey-asexuality and intersectionism with other identities. We need writers, proof readers and graphic designers! To get involved join the discord or PM me or email aven.pt@gmail.com.
  • To join the AVEN media and speaker team, fill in this form.

 

General COVID-19 resources

 

Misc

  • If you are into online learning, the site coursera.org offers a wide variety of free courses. If you'd like to make a study group with other aces, please post about it!
  • For free Springer books, released during the pandemic, covering a wide array of scientific, technical and philosophical subjects (including some LGBTQ+ related) please see this Reddit thread.

 

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We'll add other useful virtual resources here for the shutdown as we come across them. Feel free to continue posting your suggestions and we'll edit them into this post.

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michaeld

Update: I've added a thread in Meetup Online asking which online activities (to take place on our unofficial discord or some other venue) people are most interested in.

 

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Qiana

Google Meet is another platform where group video chat is accessible and you can switch between muting yourself and not and there is a chat feature if people just want to do text.

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Merle

Hi all,
I created a German-speaking Ace Discord server two, three weeks ago. Everybody can join by clicking on this  link.  (I suggest to install Discord first.)
We are trying to keep regular ace meetups going there, these are scheduled for every other week. We then use  a couple of voice channels simultaneously to have discussions like in offline meetups. For the time in between, we do have themed textchannels. 
Feel free to join even if your German is limited, I'd be happy to see you there! 
If you encounter any technical problems when you try to join, feel free to send me a message.
 

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michaeld

We are holding a meeting on Saturday on the AVEN Unofficial discord about ace vis/ed activities during the lockdown. Special focus on grey-A/demisexual resources. More info here.

 

If you are reading this without an AVEN account and would like to join in without signing up to AVEN, please email aven.pt@gmail.com.

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michaeld

I've updated the resources in the initial post. Please keep your suggestions coming!

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