learn more about aromance!
a guide to the aromantic spectrum <3
what is aromance?
in short, an aromantic person is someone who does not experience any romance attraction. it's not the same as asexual in which asexual people are not attracted to anyone sexually. a person who identifies as asexual can still seek out a romantic relationship.
while some under the LGTB+ spectrum have the capability to fall in a romantic relationship with someone, aromantic people simply cannot. however, being aromantic doesn’t stop the possibility of having a significant relationship if a particular aromantic person wants one. the relationships that aromantic people are involved in may often instead be platonic feelings compared to romantic ones.
types of aromantic people (pt 1)
lithromantic - enjoy the idea of romance in theory and can feel some degree of romantic attraction, but do not seek out romantic relationships and do not need their feelings to be reciprocated.
cupioromantic - do not experience romantic attraction, but they are still curious about romantic relationships and tend to seek them out. they enjoy romance, to a certain degree, but do not actually experience romantic crushes.
grey romantic - experience romantic attraction, but it is rare and infrequent. they can seek out romantic relationships, but more often than not, they do not.
types of aromantic people (pt 2)
demiromantic - only experience romantic attraction after forming a close bond with another individual. do not experience primary romantic attraction, but secondary romantic attraction.
apothiromantic - do not experience any form of romantic attraction and are generally repulsed by romance.
a common misconception is that aromantic people do not date nor can't be in a relationship. some individuals have the capacity to date compared to others who cannot. aromantic relationships tend to be queerplatonic ones. queerplatonic relationships are non-romantic relationships that involve a close emotional bond between two or more individuals (they can be monogamous or polyamorous). they may appear to be a general romantic relationship to onlookers, but they lack romantic aspects. people in a queerplatonic relationship may also kiss, go on dates and engage in sexual activities.
thank you for reading!
thank you for taking the time to read this. as for me, i've noticed a lot of people tend to not know what it is to be aromantic or really understand the spectrum, but i hope this guide helped you! pride month is soon, and i wanted to help educate many on this lovely spectrum i am so proud to be a part of. to my fellow LGTBQ+ people, i wish you a happy pride month!
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