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The year-old recalled how one day as a high school junior she scrolled through Tumblra social media website.

She stumbled upon a blog about asexuality. An estimated 1.

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Asexuality is different than celibacy, according to AVEN, when a person is actively making a choice to abstain from sexual activity. In Iowa, there are several groups to support asexuals.

Aces often feel different and that little is known about their identity, a four-month IowaWatch project on the topic revealed through dozens of interviews. There were no groups of aces anywhere. So, along with another asexual friend, we started the Iowa City Aces.

The group, which has eight to 10 people at meetings and a few dozen members on the Facebook group, became a way for asexuals to meet others who have gone through the same experiences, Wickelhaus said. We have several aces that come from as far as the Amanas and Lone Tree to come to meet-ups simply because they want to spend time with others who are like them.

Nearly 2% of adults identify as asexual; in iowa, asexuality 'still so unknown'

Wickelhaus would like for the public to be educated on asexuality. Wickelhaus ensures pamphlets are at youth centers such as United Action for Youth.

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Not having any way to articulate how we felt. I try to do everything I can to help the next generations not have to go through that.

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Lives depend on it. People who identify as asexuals were often told that they had sexual dysfunction and aromantics were told they were afraid of commitment, Wickelhaus said.

More for subscribers: For LGBTQ employees of color, sexual orientation is the biggest source of discrimination in the workplace. Anthony Bogaert is a professor of community health sciences and psychology at Brock University in Ontario, Canada. Graysexual people tend to have sexual feelings in a smaller way than a sexual person would. Demisexuality also falls into this middle area.

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Demisexuals tend to feel sexual attraction to an individual after they have created a strong emotional bond. Some asexuals can also feel sexual attraction, but they may not connect those sexual feelings to other people. According to AVEN, people can fall under a range of romantic orientations regardless if they identify as asexual or not.

So, if you're heterosexual you tend to also be heteroromantic. Same with homosexuals, you tend to be homoromantic. For example, I fall more under the heteroromantic side of the spectrum, but I am still asexual.

Boardman does have an interest in dating, but has found it difficult since it often comes with the expectation of sex. More: The first Pride was a protest. Growing up, Boardman moved to many different places during her adolescence. From Maryland to California, as well as Iowa, Boardman was never in one place for too long and felt at odds with peers.

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More: What are the origins of Pride Month? After Boardman discovered she was asexual she slowly started coming out to her friends and family when she was Boardman first came out to a close friend before eventually coming out to her friends and family.

In Maryland, Boardman met Leslie Rankin, who identifies as biromantic asexual. Rankins is romantically interested in males and females, but still does not feel physical attraction. I am here and I obviously exist. According to Catherine Thom, president of Asexual Aromantic Alliance, the club has existed since They came out to me and I came out to them.

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I kind of panicked and explained it badly, then changed the subject. IowaWatch - The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news outlet that strives to be the state's leading collaborative investigative news organization. at iowawatch. Alyssa Craven is a Simpson College graduate, who majored in multimedia journalism and English.

She worked on this story during the spring term as part of her senior capstone class. Aromatic : Someone who is not romantically attracted to anyone and have no desire for a romantic relationship. Asexual : Someone who does not experience sexual attraction to others. Biromantic : Someone who is romantically attracted to multiple genders. Demisexual : Someone who does not feel sexual attraction to others unless a strong bond has been established, which usually takes a long time to establish.

Graysexual : Someone who experiences some sexual feelings, usually to a very minor degree. Heteroromantic : Someone who has desires for romantic relationships of the opposite gender. Homoromantic : Someone who is romantically attracted to the same gender. Panromantic : Somone who desires romantic relationships without gender being a factor. Facebook Twitter. Alyssa Craven IowaWatch. Share your feedback to help improve our site!