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The Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN) was founded in 2001 with two distinct goals: creating public acceptance and discussion of asexuality and facilitating the growth of an asexual community. Since that time we have grown to host the world’s largest asexual community, serving as an informational resource for people who are asexual and questioning, their friends and families, academic researchers and the press. AVEN members throughout the world regularly engage in visibility projects, included but not limited to distributing informational pamphlets, leading workshops, arranging local meetups and speaking to interested press. The AVEN community centers around the web forum, which provides a safe space for asexual and questioning people and their partners, friends and families to discuss their experiences.


Welcome to the Asexual Visibility and Education Network.
AVEN hosts the world’s largest online asexual community as well as a large archive of resources on asexuality. AVEN strives to create open, honest discussion about asexuality among sexual and asexual people alike.

Unlike celibacy, which is a choice to abstain from sexual activity, asexuality is an intrinsic part of who we are, just like other sexual orientations. Asexual people have the same emotional needs as everybody else and are just as capable of forming intimate relationships. To find out more about asexuality, click here. For media and speaking requests please contact

You may also like to check out our forums. (On occasion our forums may be undergoing maintenance: if so please visit our backup board.)

We appreciate any donations to help with our server costs. Please go here.

NEW! AVEN plans to host TWO conferences this year.

Partnering with Aces and Aros NYC, we plan a one day conference on 29 June 2019 in New York City, the day before the Pride march. For conference tickets click here and for an events calendar in the NY area, click here.

Further, we hold the UK Asexuality conference 2019 on 23 June in Edinburgh. We have now confirmed the conference will be held at the John McIntyre Conference Centre (“Edinbrugh First”), EH16 5AY. To register, please click here. For more details, visit the conference website.