Right, so I'm taking part in the 30 Day Asexuality Challenge, and thus will be posting responses to that for the next 30 days, in addition to any other posts I make.
1:What is your romantic/sexual orientation?
Asexual. All the time.
I say mostly, because while I don’t actually want to be in the classic sexual romantic relationship (exclusivity/kissing/sex/co-dependency/etc), I still want some of the things that go with it (human companionship, cuddles, and emotional intimacy mostly, with a side of someone to fall asleep on* sometimes.)**
If every bit of a romantic sexual relationship was represented by a letter, I would only want very few of them, instead of the expected 26.
But it’s easier to say I am aromantic (in this example wanting no letters), and then explain to those who I want to tell that actually I do want x, and y (outside the context in which most people get them.), but not any other letter, than it is to spend 5+ hours telling everyone that I do not want a or b or c or d or e or..
So yeah. I’m an asexual aromantic, and that’s what I identify with.
*What can I say? Listening to someone breathe and to someone’s heartbeat is a fantastic way to fall asleep.
**All of which I'm extremely lucky to be able to get from friends right now. In the future, I'm not so sure.