Asexuality has always been part of the LGBTQIA+ identities, but it is only in the past decade that the acespec community has emerged from the shadows of invisibility. A lot of work by leaders across the world has gone in to gain the attention of the queer community at large, as well as educational, social, national and international organizations. However, the fact remains that we have only just begun to scratch the surface.
Within the larger movement for ace visibility and inclusion, the intersection of Asian identity and the asexual spectrum has received little to no attention. Asia is a vast continent--with cultures that date back to 4500 BCE. It is a chaotic mix of modern and traditional, varied religions and ethnic groups, geopolitical struggles and vast distinctions in wealth distribution. Many believe that the Asian identity is all about prioritizing family, community, conformity, and socio-economic prosperity. Laws that penalize the queer community still exist in some nations. Political and social leaders still consider gender and sexuality as “Western Concepts”, an anathema to their archaic version of “Asian Values”. But Asia is also in a constant state of flux, with many voices clamouring to be heard.
To create space for these voices, to look at emergent trends and traditional notions, to enable an exchange of knowledge, thought-leadership and creative understanding, and to build a community to examine and celebrate Asexuality in Asia.
Indian Aces started in 2014 as a self/non-funded collective of, for, and by ace (asexual) and acespec people from and in India. Over the years, Indian Aces has grown into a movement that is a multiple award-winning, and grant-winning, volunteer-led initiative, with both online and offline presence across India, and beyond. Asexuality.In is a community project by Indian Aces.
HUMANS OF QUEER
Humans of Queer was launched as a Pride month project by Indian Aces in 2021 to document the average queer persons' lives and experiences through the power of owning one's identity and the power of storytelling. This project has expanded into an education website that hopes to be a resource centre for disseminating knowledge, imparting transferable and sustainable skills, collecting data, and conducting research for the queer community, while documenting queer persons' lives and experiences.
MEET THE TEAM
Director and Conference Chair
Dr. Pragati Singh
A medical graduate from Maulana Azad Medical College, Dr Pragati is an internationally renowned asexuality leader from India. She is the founder of IndianAces.org: The Indian subcontinent's first initiative working for asexuality, AsexualityIndia.com, and HumansOfQueer.com.
She is featured in tBBC's list of 100 most inspiting and innovative women from around the world.
Communications and Outreach
Hina Siddiqui (She / Her)
Hina is a writer, theatre maker and educator. She does things in gaming that are hard to explain but totally awesome. Her core skills include grilling veg, talking to cats, and pulling radical queer-futuristic story concepts out of her… ahem… head.
Satbhan Singh (He / His)
Satbhan identifies himself as a platform and domain agnostic storyteller. He has been working at the intersection of communication, media and development with an interest in writing across several formats. In his free time, one can find Satbhan doing social experiments on dating apps or watching a tv show that he has watched a few thousand times.
Oragnising Secretary and Research and Technical Lead
Sneha Srinivasan / Xin Ni (They / She)
Shy Sneha requires two hands to count the number of languages they’re familiar with. Their interest in research and stories situates them in this cozy niche of writing in different formats. Xin Ni identifies as a non-binary Ace on the Aro-spectrum. They are the Program Lead and Coordinator of HumansOfQueer.com.
Creative and Design Lead
Divya Vasudevan (She / Her)
Divya enjoys working in the design space that brings together her interest in both science and art. She is a lifelong learner and experiments with various crafts that allow her to express herself in a unique way. She spends her free time reading everything from epic fantasy novels to psychology textbooks and watching anime with friends.
Shishir Kolte (He / His)
Shishir is a tech enthusiast, currently trying to get into a drama school. He listens to all genres of music but vibes the most to 80's Rock n Roll. Tends to ignore humans when there is a cat in the same room. He loves to explore and try different kinds of food, play videogames and read manga!!