During our Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week series, we want to use our space on GayYA to support AroSpec voices. Last year, we decided to host Awareness Week Series over the various LGBTQIA+ Awareness Weeks throughout the year. Though we hope to include everyone on the site at all times, we wanted to dedicate a concentrated space to people from a specific community to talk about how they’re represented in YA. The response from the community was phenomenal– we got to feature many fantastic and thought-provoking posts, and watched as the community fostered some nuanced discussions via our identity-centric Twit Chats. I personally remember feeling amazed as I read the posts that were sent in and scrolled through the Twit Chat hashtag. I realized I wasn’t alone in my feelings of discontent regarding the representation of my identities, or my hopes for what that representation could look like in the future. I got to meet and connect with so many smart and passionate people.
So of course, we had to do the Awareness Week Series again.
This week we’ll feature several posts from various AroSpec contributors. We’ll also be discussing aromanticism in YA all week long on the #AroYAChat hashtag. We’ll be posting prompts & questions, but please feel free to use it to talk about anything related to Aro YA Books!
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, tweet us @thegayya or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
-Vee, admin and co-founder of GayYA