Asexuality is a sexual orientation where people do not feel sexually attracted to others.
An asexual person doesn't necessarily dislike sex, as orientation is about who you feel attracted to. Some asexuals are sex-favourable, meaning they are willing to participate in sexual acts, while others are sex-averse and prefer not to get intimate.
Asexuality also differs from celibacy and abstinence. Celibacy is not having sex. Abstinence is choosing not to have sex. Asexuality, on the other hand, is not having any sexual attraction, and is separate from the other two.
The asexual flag design was voted for in 2010 by users of the Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN) forums. The chosen design was first submitted by the user "standup", and received over 40% of the votes. Interestingly, the colors of the flag proposals seem to have pre-dated the flag vote, so most submissions stuck to the same color scheme. Each of the colors were prescribed meaning, as follows:
- Black: Asexual.
- Gray: Demi- and graysexual.
- White: Allosexual (opposite of asexual).
- Purple: The asexual community.