As November rolls around and eventually leads into December, we in the US have now entered the official Holiday Season, with giant sales and advertisements everywhere promising the perfect gifts for your loved ones, and kids everywhere writing out their wishlists for Santa Claus. On a less commercial level, it’s a time when many people start looking for ways to give back to their families, friends, and communities, through gift-giving and philanthropy and more.
In the spirit of the season, I wanted to start building a wishlist of our own for aro communities: what kind of community spaces and resources do you want to see more of, as an aro-spec person?
That’s why for this November Carnival of Aros, I’m proposing a theme of “Aro Community Wishlists” – tell us more about what’s on your own wishlist for the aro community!
Some food for thought:
- Are there any specific subgroups of the aro community that you would like to see more spaces and resources for?
- (like allo aros, older aros, lgbt aros, religious aros, aros of color, etc.)
- Would you like to see more specific types of spaces?
- (like offline, online, chats vs. forums, closed vs. open, etc.)
- Would you like to see more specific types of resources?
- (like coming out advice, scholarships, fictional media, career networks, activist groups, advice for medical professionals, aro wallpaper graphics, etc.)
- Are there specific types of aro art / swag / t-shirts / merch / collectibles that you would like to see?
- Are there specific topics you would like to see more internal community conversations about?
- Are there any specific subjects you wish the wider public was more educated about?
- Are there specific actions you would like to see more allies taking?
Also, on a more meta level, I want to remind everyone that Aro Spec Awareness Week is only about 3 months away! One of my hopes for this Carnival is that the wishlists created this month can provide inspiration for future projects for ASAW, and beyond.
How to Participate
To submit your entry to the carnival, you can leave a link to your submission in the comments below, or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don’t have your own blog, you can also email me your submission text and I am happy to host it here as a guest post.
Submissions are due by midnight on November 30, 2019. (But if you think you are going to be a day or two late, we’re not sticklers – we’re happy to add late submissions to the roundup retroactively)
About the Carnival Aros
The Carnival of Aros is a monthly blogging carnival centered around aromantic/aro-spec identities and experiences! For more information on this project, see its home blog here.
Each monthly carnival is hosted by a volunteer blogger, who chooses any aro-related themes of their choice and issues a call for submissions, which can include text prose, poetry, video, art, or any other format of your choice. At the end of the month, the host will collect the links to all of that month’s submissions into a single masterpost,
We’re also in need of new carnival hosts starting this December – to volunteer to host, see here!