A new survey by the LGBTQ+ Advocacy Network (QAN) aims to help people understand the phenomenon of asexuality.
The QAN survey, which was published on Thursday, was originally designed to help individuals who identify as asexual or “not sure” about sexual orientation.
It’s intended to shed light on sexual orientations and sexual identity in general.
The survey found that nearly three quarters of respondents said they had experienced sexual attraction to both men and women.
Of those who identified as a sexual orientation, nearly two thirds had experienced same-sex attraction, while nearly a third reported having experienced asexual attraction.QAN also found that the average age of first experience with asexual sexual attraction was 16 years old.
This is in contrast to the average number of sexual encounters an adult has with a partner, according to a 2016 study by the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE).
While sexual orientation can vary, the study found that people of all ages, races, genders, and socioeconomic status had experienced the same level of sexual experience.
“Asexuality is the most common sexual orientation experience for all age groups, with most asexual people having experienced sexual activity with both genders,” QAN wrote in the survey.
“Most people have had sexual experience with both men (63 percent) and women (63.3 percent) or with both sexes (61 percent).”
In contrast, less than one-quarter of people ages 16-29 had experienced a sexual experience that was same-gender, with fewer people who experienced same sex attraction experiencing asexual experience.
“The survey also found people who had experienced no sexual attraction were more likely to have experienced a “reparative” sexual encounter, a term that describes sexual encounters that were sexual in nature, but had been changed to the opposite gender by a relationship.
More than half of respondents who identified with a same sex orientation said they would engage in “re-examining” sexual relationships in the future, while the vast majority of people who identified asexual did not want to re-examine relationships.
The results of the survey were released on the same day as the release of the “Asexual and queer youth: an opportunity for change” documentary, “A Perfect Storm,” by director Matthew Gilbert.
The documentary will air on the History Channel on March 27.
Gilbert will present the documentary to the National Board of Directors of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on March 25, the same date as the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s “A Time to Change” conference.
In the documentary, Gilbert says that the current generation of LGBT young people is “in a time of reckoning,” and they need to change the “toxic culture that has created a cycle of silence and shame.””
We are seeing the most vulnerable of our children coming out to us, and we are in a time where we need to do everything we can to change that culture.””
This is a moment of reckoning.
We are seeing the most vulnerable of our children coming out to us, and we are in a time where we need to do everything we can to change that culture.”
The full QAN findings are available here.
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