Past Discussion Topics

For more information about discussion, check out the Ace Meetups page or the regularly-updated listing of upcoming Ace Toronto meetups. (N= number of people who attended)

Notes are available for some discussions.

Regular Monthly Discussions

2017:

  • July, 2017: overview of ace and/or arospec terms and ideas and Q&A (N=12) [Notes here]
  • May, 2017: open discussion (N=4)
  • April, 2017: ways that being ace and/or arospec intersect with other aspects of peoples’ lives  (N=10)
  • March, 2017: different types of feelings & attractions (including but not limited to “romantic” vs. “non-romantic” (N=14) [Notes here]
  • February, 2017: cookie-decorating & “self-care” discussion (N=12) [Notes here]
  • January, 2017: full-day Ace Toronto (Un)Conference — ASL provided (N=80)

2016:

  • December, 2016: How participating in ace communities is important to you and what you get out (N=10) [notes TBA]
  • November, 2016: Academic study of asexuality (N=9) [notes TBA]
  • October, 2016: intimacy (N=20) [Notes here]
  • September, 2016: asexuality & aromanticism in popular media (N=3) [Notes here]
  • August, 2016: The role of aces and/or arospec people in LGBTQ+ spaces– ASL provided (N=10+3) [Notes here]
  • July, 2016: Asexuality and Gender & Sexism (N=7) [Notes here]
  • June, 2016: Asexuality & (A)religion (N=13) [Notes here]
  • May, 2016: “Being Different”– ASL provided (N=17+2) [Notes here]
  • April, 2016: “Exploring Ace and/or Arospec topics” (N=6) [Notes here]
  • March, 2016: Asexuality & Racism– ASL provided (N=9+2) [Notes here]
  • February, 2016: Amatonormativity: relationship hierarchies prioritising romantic relationships & tie-ins with compulsory sexuality and (un)healthy relationships (N=9) [Notes here.]
  • January, 2016: Being ace in sex ed: what we remember and what we wish we’d known (N=6) [Notes here.]

2015:

  • December, 2015: Dealing with friends and family and coming out (or not); mixed with the Arts & Crafts social (N=17)
  • November, 2015: “No romo”: centring life around non-romantic relationships like friendship, & Queerplatonic / quirkyplatonic (QP) relationships (N=9)
  • October, 2015: Friends & families discussion and Q&A (friends and family members invited) (N=13)
  • September, 2015: Coming to / discovering ace and arospec identities (N= )
  • July, 2015: Romantic issues discussion (N=24)
  • June, 2015: Ace community discussion following our public “Documentary & Discussion” (N=10)
  • April, 2015: Open Q&A (with zines) (N=7)
  • February, 2015: Arospec discussion
  • February, 2015: Other (not specifically ace) aspects of our identities (N=5)

2014:

  • December, 2014: Ace representation in media (N=8)
  • December, 2014: Positive aspects of being ace (N=9)
  • November, 2014: Short films & zines (N=10)
  • October, 2014: Dealing with non-ace people & coming out (N=4)
  • September, 2014: Dating and romantic issues (N=3)
  • September, 2014: Aromantic issues (N=8)
  • August, 2014: Language & relationship definitions (N=8)

Caucus Discussions:

  • Aces who have survived and/or experienced sexual violence (upcoming)
  • Aces of Colour / racialised aces
    • March, 2016 (cancelled day-of, due to lack of attendance)
    • November, 2015 (N=3)
  • Aces with experience in romantic relationships with non-aces
    • May, 2017 (N=5)
    • September, 2015 (N=4)
  • Trans / non-binary / gender-variant, etc.
    • May, 2016 (N=8)
    • September, 2015 (N=9)
    • January, 2015 (N=6)
  • Olderish / past “school-age” issues / “ages 30-ish and up” aces:
    • July, 2017 (N=?)
    • May, 2016 (N=9)
    • July, 2015 (N=4)
    • September, 2014 (N=3)
  • “Headspace” caucus (re: mental illness/mental health issues/neurodivergence
    • June, 2017 (N=6)
    • April, 2016 (N=9)
    • December, 2015 (N=12)
  • Autistic aces (by self-identification / self-diagnosis)
    • January, 2015 (N=3)

Special Event Discussions:

  • October, 2014: community consultations (re: Asexual Outreach’s 2015 Asexuality Conference)
  • July, 2014: post-conference debrief (re: the International Asexuality Conference for World Pride) (N=15 and N=8)

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