“You barely see asexual people as it is, let alone a black asexual person.”
Yasmin Benoit is a model, activist and an aromantic asexual smashing tired stereotypes about asexuality.
She spoke to PinkNews about whitewashing of asexuality, what people say to her when coming out, and why the A in LGBTQIA does not stand for ally. Read more via PinkNews
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I had a horrible experience recently involving @bbcthree. I participated in what I thought was going to be an informative and empowering documentary about asexuality and asexual people, which is what the world needs to see. BBC3 attended the conference I was speaking at, interviewed me and various others, and filmed a day characterised by diverse experiences of trial and triumph. Then BBC3 decided to air a narrow portrayal of asexual people that was negative, patronising, exclusionary, whitewashed, and executed in a heavy-handed, inappropriate way. How do you manage to erase someone's identity when they're sitting right in front of you? I don't feel represented by a 'documentary' I'm actually in. The risk that could come with calling out the BBC and potentially alienating myself from the ace community almost stopped me from saying anything. But Asexuality Awareness Week is coming up, and I'm going to capitalise on this to provide the representation I want to see. ✊ To see the full video of what happened, click the link in my bio. 🏳️🌈 . . . . . . . . . . . . #bbc3 #idontwantsex #yasminbenoit #asexualpride #asexuality #asexual #ace #asexualgirl #asexualawareness #lgbt #pride #bbc #activist #buzzfeed #blackgirlmagic #viralvideo #readingpride #redressed #alternativegirl #diversity #inclusion #youtuber #blacklgbt #blackyoutuber #rant