YASMIN BENOIT x GAYGENDA MAGAZINE ISSUE 002
Yasmin Benoit • Aro-Ace Icon
The queer community represents people from all different walks of life — regardless of color, gender, sexuality, age, religion, nationality, or ethnicity — but not every group gets the same amount of attention. It’s no secret that the community tends to focus on white, cis gays and lesbians, despite all those other letters in our acronym. As a model, writer, and activist, Yasmin Benoit has been working to shed light on her community.
By late 2017, Yasmin had amassed a large Instagram following and decided to mention that she was asexual — something she did not expect anyone to care about.
Yasmin coined the Instagram hashtag #thisiswhatasexualitylookslike and it grew into a movement. There are now over 5000 posts under the hashtag, with a rich diversity of asexual faces and stories. She started the hashtag to create a resource for people who “don’t look asexual,” to demonstrate the diversity of the community. Yasmin has grown into an ace icon, frequently writing for publications, public speaking, and even appearing on MTV. Yasmin has become the aro-ace icon she deserved as a kid.
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