This was cross-posted to my Tumblr.
ILGA-Europe are an independent, international non-governmental umbrella organisation bringing together 490 organisations from 45 European countries. They’re part of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), and were established as a separate region and independent legal entity in 1996.
ILGA-Europe work to advocate for human rights and equality for LGBTI people at European level, before organisations such as the European Union, the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE); and to strengthen the LGBTI movement in Europe and Central Asia by providing training and support to its member organisations and other LGBTI groups.
Back in 2015, their Glossary included a definition of asexuality (here’s a capture in Archive.org). I found the link through AVEN and it was cited in the glossary of the No Hate Speech Movement. It went like this:
Asexuality: an asexual person is someone who does not experience sexual attraction. Asexual people have the same emotional needs as everybody else and are just as capable of forming intimate relationships. Asexuality should not be misinterpreted as celibacy, which is a choice or a certain situation. Some consider asexuality as a sexual orientation.
Copyright line at the end of the page (and also the Wayback Machine) tells me that it has been there since at least 2013.
Now, a definition in a glossary may not be much, but it was something, especially for such a big and influential organization.
Which bring us to the issue referenced to in the title: Their glossary no longer has said entry. They seem to have edited the page and PDF version that year (which I’m guessing from the title of the current document, “glossary_october_2015_edition.pdf”) and asexuality no longer seemed relevant to them.
Now, I’m writing this at 1 am so I don’t have any more information than that, but I do know that:
- They still include definitions for Bisexual, Gay, Homosexual, Lesbian and Queer (but deleted Heterosexual);
- They also deleted Sexual identity, defined as “the sense of being homosexual, bisexual, heterosexual or asexual. The term is used as a legal term in countries such as Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Spain”; and
- If you search for asexual or asexuality on their website, you get zero results.