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- Published on Tuesday, 08 February 2011 11:06
- Written by Claire Whitmore
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Prominent asexual and LGBT activist Sara Beth Brooks recently received a 2011 Youth Award from the Lambda Archives.The Lambda Archives is a San Diego-based organization whose mission is to “collect, preserve and teach” the LGBT history of the area.Every year the Lambda Archives honors individuals within the LGBT community who set the standard for activism.
Brooks, a California resident, has participated in activism for most of her life. She received the award primarily for her work in founding and running the San Diego Equality Campaign in 2009, a campaign that fought California’s Proposition 8.
As a young woman Brooks identified as bisexual, which led her activism to the LGBT community. Now a self-identified panromantic asexual, she remains active in both communities.
She started he career as an asexual activist in 2010. In just a year she has headed several major projects. Brooks created Bringing Asexy Back, a group that worked to bring LGBT and asexual activists together to create a curriculum for teaching asexuality in LGBT environments. She also founded Asexual Awareness Week, which premiered in 2010, as a push to educate the LGBT community on the presence of asexuals. She penned several articles for the Bilerico Project, a prominent LGBT news and political blog, about her experiences as an asexual. Brooks has also been profiled in a Marie Claire Magazine article, “The Opposite of Sex”.
When asked how she thought earning this award would affect asexual visibility, Brooks replied, “We are still a myth, and we still have plenty of work to do. I hope that by being out and proud about the asexual activism that I do, that visibility will increase and people will see a positive asexual role model”.