Do you know what all the letters in LGBTQIA stand for? If not, you might want to look them up. Or I can just tell you – they stand for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual. Now if you don’t know what any of those mean, definitely go look them up.
I’m just here to point out that the A in the acronym (WHICH DOES NOT STAND FOR ALLY, DO NOT LET ANYBODY TELL YOU IT STANDS FOR ALLY. IF YOU TELL PEOPLE IT STANDS FOR ALLY AND NOT ASEXUAL GO STAND IN THE CORNER) is often overlooked. Asexual people are not well represented in media or culture at all, and asexual erasure even happens within LGBT communities.
Which is why I was fairly impressed when the new USA Network show Sirens had an asexual character!!! Now, the episode at first had the two main characters, Hank and Johnny, explaining to their co-worker Brian that “Voodoo” as they call her is ace. They did in a typically “AHAGAGHHHHHHH MEN LOVE SEX WE DON’T GET ASEXUALITY IT’S SO ~~INEXPLICABLE~~” way, which was disappointing to me – it’s great that they have an asexual character, but you don’t want the main characters making her out to be a weirdo because she doesn’t experience sexual attraction.
But later in the episode, when Voodoo and Brian talked about it, I think the handling of it was much better. Voodoo’s words about herself seemed to be genuine and ring true to how ace people talk about their own sexuality. ENORMOUS DISCLAIMER: I’m not ace, I’m not queer, and if you are and you disagree with my interpretation of Sirens, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know. I am invested in Siren’s representation of other sexualities (Hank is gay, too!) but I am only able to critique it based on what I have read and discussions I have had with my queer friends about queer representation.