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Sexually, aesthetically, platonically, and more
Aromanticism is a romantic orientation referring to people who experience no romantic attraction. Aromantic is often abbreviated to "aro." Aromantic is often considered part of the aromantic spectrum, which includes other identities such as grayromantic, demiromantic, and many more.
There are many different versions of the aromantic flag, though the most commonly used flag has a dark green stripe, a light green stripe, a white stripe, a gray stripe, and a black stripe, from top to bottom. The dark green represents aromanticism, the light green represents the aromantic spectrum, the white represents platonic and aesthetic attraction, gray represents gray-aromantics and demiromantics, and the black represents the sexuality spectrum, showing that aromantics can be of any sexual orientation.
The green could also represent the opposite of romance since green is the opposite of red (and red also happens to be the color most commonly associated with romantic love).
Aromantics can be attracted to any gender, depending on the person and their other orientation(s), whether sexually, platonically, sensually, or aesthetically, but not romantically. This means aromantics can be attracted to people, however they typically don't want to pursue a romantic relationship with anyone (this is not the case with cupioromantic people).
Aromanticism and asexuality are different. Aromanticism is the lack of romantic attraction, and asexuality is the lack of sexual attraction. Although some people are both aromantic and asexual, not all aromantics are asexual and not all asexuals are aromantic.
Aromantic Slang And Culture
In recent years, some aromantic people within the online AVEN community have proposed that there be a white ring for aro people to wear on one of their middle fingers to symbolize aromanticism, as opposed to wearing a ring on their marriage finger. This seems to be a direct response to many asexuals wearing a black ring to symbolize their asexuality.
An informal term, short for "aromantic." The plural is "aros." Pronounced the same way as the word "arrow," which is considered to be quite fitting since arrows are seen as symbol associated with romance (i.e. Cupid's love bow).
Ace of Spades
Ace of Spades is an aro/ace slang term used for an aromantic individual who is also asexual, meaning they don't experience sexual attraction.
AroAce & AroAllo
AroAce is the abbreviated version of "Aromantic Asexual," referring to those who are both aromantic and asexual. AroAllo is the abbreviated version of "Aromantic Allosexual," referring to those who are aromantic and allosexual. An allosexual is someone who isn't asexual.
GreyAro & DemiAro
GreyAro is the abbreviated version of Grey-Aromantic or greyromantic, referring to those who experience romantic attraction that is in the grey area between aromantic and alloromantic. DemiAro is the abbreviated version of Aro-Demiromantic or demiromantic, referring to those who cannot experience romantic attraction until a bond has been formed with another person.
An aromantic equivalent of a crush, usually one that is experienced in a platonic or queerplatonic way.
The word aromantic is a combination of the prefix a-, meaning "not" or "without", and the word romantic, meaning to have love or affection (note: aromantics can still feel love, just not the romantic kind). While the word aromantic didn't exist until about the mid 2000s, there were other words to describe the aromantic experience, such as non-romantic, and asexual, as well as others.
Created by Cameron on 15 November 2014.
Unveiled at cameronwhimsy.tumblr.com.
Sometimes shortened to ‘aro.’ A person who does not experience romantic attraction, although they may experience other forms of attraction. An aromantic individual may choose to engage in romantic relationships for various reasons even while not experiencing romantic attraction. An aromantic individual may choose to engage in a queerplatonic relationship, a non-romantic relationship with a strong platonic emotional connection beyond friendship.
This flag has five even horizontal stripes which are colored (top to bottom) green (#3DA642), light green (#A8D379), white (#FFFFFF), grey (#A9A9A9), and black (#000000).
The green and light green stripes represent the aromantic spectrum. The white stripe represents the importance of platonic relationships and non-romantic love. The black and grey stripes represent the sexuality spectrum, acknowledging the diversity of the aromantic community.
About the Creator
Cameron (they/them), cameronwhimsy on Tumblr, is nonbinary, arospec, gayrospec (?), and alterous. They live in Australia.
Aromantic flag unveiling
Cameronwhimsy’s About page
The colors we use are green, light green, white, grey, black. Some people use yellow instead of white, but we avoid doing that because of color sensitivity issues.
Here’s a post about flag designs: new n improved aromantic flag post
And here’s another post about why we don’t use flags: our stance on pride flags
As for the demiro flag, it’s similar to the demiace flag but with arospec colors instead: I found this post of what it’d look like
We’ve let go of the idea of flags here at AAW, but we do see the aro colors as aromantic spectrum colors since the colors represent that spectrum. We have this listed in our FAQ:
What are the pride colors?
Green & light green: aromantic spectrum, aromanticism (represented by green); covers all arospec identities (aro, gray aro, lith/akoi, cupio, quoiro, idem, demi, fray, caed, requis, arovague, and others)
White: for all the nonromantic forms of love and attraction; friendship/platonic, aesthetic, sexual, sensual, emotional, mental, QP relationships, family, you name it [Alternatively some designs include yellow for this, though we avoid yellow for visibility sensitivity in our community.]
Gray & black: for the sexuality spectrum, covering arospec acespecs (asexual spectrum ppl) as well as arospec allosexuals
The Aromantic Flag is a symbol of solidarity among Aromantics. The flag was designed by the Aro community on Reddit, in order to help them show their identity and raise awareness about Aromanticism. It features four horizontal bars which represent other kinds of relationships that don’t include romantic attraction or sexual attraction.
This flag allows people who are not romantically attracted to anyone to be represented in broader LGBTQ+ communities. There’s also a black bar at the top with “A” written on it in white text below it so that Aromantics can identify themselves as such without needing to use any words.
Aromantic asexuals go back to the Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN) forum as early as 2010 but the term Aro wasn’t coined until years later in 2012. In 2016, the Aromantic flag was created on Reddit. Then on Tumblr, a second version of the flag was created by a user named Cameron in 2014; this design had five stripes consisting of light-green, dark-green, yellow, grey, and black.
Finally, a third flag was created by the same user later that year, replacing the yellow stripe with white. To this day, this design is the most widely used.
What It Means to Be Aromantic
Being Aromantic is all about not being sexually or romantically attracted to those of the opposite and/or same-sex. An Aromantic (abbreviated as Aro) can be both heterosexual and homosexual in terms of attraction, but they do not experience romantic love, sexual desire, or have an interest in either. They are simply not interested in relationships with people at all. Arophobia is defined as a fear or hatred of Aros, this is something that does actually happen, and it’s just as awful as someone hating on gays, minorities, etc…
Aros deserve acceptance and understanding from society because we do exist and we are valid!
How Can I Join or Start a Community?
Reddit has the largest Aromantic community on the web that welcomes both allies and people who identify themselves as Aromantic. You are encouraged to participate in discussions on topics such as what it means to be Aromantic, how to cope with being Aromantic, and so on.
Aromantic Asexual Flag
The Aromantic Asexual Flag is white, with three bars on the left and one bar on the right. The three bars on the left are pink, blue, and purple. These colors were selected because they represent romance (pink), sexual attraction (blue), and platonic attraction or a sense of kinship or familiarity (purple). A person who is Aromantic Asexual may feel a romantic attraction but not a sexual attraction, and they also may as well have a desire for friendship that doesn’t fall under platonic attraction or kinship.
The flag shows that Aros understands there are many different kinds of relationships in addition to romantic ones.
Do Not Make Assumptions
The Aromantic Flag has been designed so that it can’t be used to identify individuals. So just because a person has this or uses it does not mean that they are openly Aromantic. Many people who are not romantically attracted aren’t necessarily “out” about their identity because they prefer more privacy especially since many people are judgmental about
How Should I React To An Aromantic Person?
The most important thing is that you shouldn’t assume that someone is romantically attracted based on their outward appearance. Also, please don’t make assumptions about a person’s identity just because they are aromantic for example assuming that all Aro people hate sex or romance. It could be good to ask an Aromantic person what they think of themself so you
Aromantic Pride Day
This day was chosen because it commemorates a widely recognized day that celebrates gay pride. Aromantics need their own day too just like all other sexualities. Aromantics have been marginalized for far too long and now they are finally getting recognition from everyone else through Aromantic Pride Day.
Fostering a Culture of Tolerance and Acceptance
As with anything that concerns personal identity, the most important thing is to show tolerance and acceptance. Aromantics are a minority identity, and the Aromantic Flag can be a great way to show empathy. Aromantics also face unique struggles in their daily lives.
There is the potential for violation of consent from romantic partners, co-workers, or family members who don’t understand Aromanticism because of their misguided assumptions.
A lack of positive community interactions is also another issue. They face the possibility of having an Aromantic identity questioned or invalidated. Having to constantly explain what Aromanticism is just so they can get through the day.
You can support the Aromantic Flag by telling everyone that you know about it so that they too can show their identity and raise awareness. You’re also encouraged to use social media such as Twitter or Tumblr to spread awareness of Aromantics. Aromantics can also use Aro pride flags as Aromantic Pride Day.
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Meaning aro flag
Rainbow Pride Flag
LGBTQA+: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning/Queer, Asexual, and all other identities that fall into the LGBTQA+ community.
History: The rainbow flag representing the LGBTQA+ community was created by Gilbert Baker, and first flown in the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade on June 25, 1978. The original flag consisted of eight horizontal stripes, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, turquoise, indigo, and violet, but pink was removed after a year due to fabric shortages. It’s been rumored that Baker might have been emulating the song “Over the Rainbow” by Judy Garland (one of the first gay icons), the Stonewall Riots, or based off a flag for world peace flown at campuses nationwide in the 1960’s.
Baker’s life changed when he met the first openly gay politician, Harvey Milk in 1974. Milk challenged Baker to come up with a symbol for the gay community in 1977. After Milk’s assassination on November 27, 1978, demands for the flag rapidly increased.
The rainbow flag has grown immensely in visibility and acceptance and is now widely accepted as the predominant symbol for the LGBTQA+ community. Also in June 2015, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) acquired the original flag. Gilbert Baker died on March 31, 2017, but his legacy will always live on.
Aromantic (or Aro) is a romantic orientation that describes experiencing little to no romantic attraction to any genders. Aromantic as an identity by itself means experiencing no romantic attraction however there is a spectrum of other (arospec) identities experiencing attraction under specific circumstances/differently to the norm. Common experiences of an aromantic person can include disinterest in romantic relationships, an only theoretical understanding of romantic attraction, or aversion to romance.
Aromantics may experience other types of attraction that are not romantic, such as platonic attraction, queerplatonic attraction, aesthetic attraction and more. Many aromantics desire to be in a platonic relationship much more strongly than alloromantics however this doesn’t describe every aromantic. Some aromantics want to be in a committed platonic relationship and have a platonic partner, while others are completely nonamorous and non-partnering - these individuals may describe themselves as loveless. There are many different ways to be aromantic.
For various misconceptions about aromanticism, see the myths for more information.
As with any romantic orientation, aromantic people may identify with any sexual orientation label.
One of the first places the term "aromantic" was used online was the AVEN forums in 2005, where "aromantic" was derived as a romantic parallel to asexual.
At least three different aromantic community flag designs have been proposed. Currently, the most popular is the design with two shades of green, white, gray, and black. This design is used both in the graphic design for the aromantic forum Arocalypse, the aromantic advocacy site AUREA, and aromantic-official.
The oldest aromantic flag design was proposed sometime during or before 2011, via the now-defunct website of the National Coalition for Aromantic Visibility. This design featured horizontal stripes in the colors green, yellow, orange, and black. According to their website, "Green is for aromantics, who do not naturally experience romantic attachment. Yellow represents romantic friendship, friends with benefits, and friendship dating. Orange stands for lithromantics, individuals who experience romantic love but do not wish it returned. And finally, the black stripe is for romantics who consciously choose to reject traditional romantic culture." This flag was subject to extensivecriticism.
An alternative flag design was proposed in 2014 by Cameron, maintaining the green and yellow but introducing more of a gradient design, with two slightly different shades of green and preceding the black stripe with a stripe of gray. The two greens represent the aromantic spectrum, the yellow represents platonic love and relationships, and the gray and black stripes represent the sexuality spectrum, representing aromantics of all sexual orientations.
Later in 2014, Cameron decided to change the yellow stripe to white. The symbolism of this design is largely the same. This flag has since been embraced and gained the most popularity as a flag for the aromantic community. As stated in Cameron's explanation, this flag design is explicitly intended for the entire aro umbrella, including grayromantics, demiromantics, lithromantics, and more.
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Aromantic (often shortened to aro) is a romantic orientation defined by a lack of romantic attraction. Romantic attraction is often defined as the desire to be in a romantic relationship and/or do romantic acts with a specific individual. For non-aromantic (alloromantic) individuals, romantic attraction is involuntary and even occurs when someone doesn't know the other individual (though one might not act on it). Aromantic individuals do not have an innate desire to be in a romantic relationship with specific individuals. They might also feel disconnected from the idea of romance.
A common misconception is that all aromantics lack emotions, lack the ability to form social connections, and are "loveless". In reality many aros are capable of feeling love- platonic love such as that between a mother and child or best friends. Aromantics can also meet their emotional needs through queerplatonic relationships, or other non-romantic relationships. Some aromantics get platonic crushes or "squishes", also known as platonic attraction. On the other hand, some aromantics may not experience platonic love or attraction, and may identify as aplatonic. Others may not desire partners of any kind, and may identify as nonamorous. Some aromantics embrace the loveless label and reject the idea that love is necessary for happiness.
Being aromantic does not mean that one is unable to experience sexual attraction. An aromantic individual can have any sexual orientation. They may identify with a sexual orientation in addition to the label of aromantic to specify who they're interested in sexually, if anyone. For example, a heterosexual aromantic individual is sexually attracted to individuals of a different gender, but is not romantically attracted to them. Some aromantics are also asexual (aroace), meaning they do not feel sexual attraction as well. Not all aromantics identify with a sexual orientation, some identify primarily or only as aromantic (non-SAM aro/aro neu). Some aromantic individuals may additionally experience tertiary attractions, which are attractions outside of sexual and romantic, and may use specific labels to describe this attraction. Examples of tertiary attractions include aesthetic, platonic, and sensual attraction.
Romantic dispositions among aromantic individuals can vary. Some aromantics may still have or seek or a romantic relationship despite not feeling romantic attraction to anyone (cupioromantic). Other aromantics may be repulsed by the concept of romance, either as a concept applicable to themselves or in general. Terms like romance-repulsed, romance-indifferent, romance-favorable, or romance-ambivalent are commonly used to describe these feelings.
Due to the ambiguous nature of romantic attraction it can sometimes be difficult to identify when one is aromantic. Romantic attraction is sometimes defined by the actions that one takes during a relationship, such as holding hands, kissing, or cuddling. However, none of these activities alone necessarily indicate romantic attraction. These actively are only considered romantic if one personally considers them romantic in nature and does them with romantic intent. An aromantic individual might enjoy some or all of these activities in non-romantic contexts, but does not like them in romantic context. Because of this some queerplatonic relationships or close friendships can sometimes resemble or be mistaken for a romantic relationship; with the difference being that in a queerplatonic relationship the participants agree that it is non-romantic, and in a romantic relationship the participants agree that it is romantic in nature. Therefore, the nature of a relationship is best defined by the intentions of the participants. If one or any partners feels romantic attraction and all partners agree to a romantic context, then the relationship is considered romantic.
This can make it difficult to identify when one is aromantic, especially when one has trouble distinguishing between romantic feelings and platonic feelings. If this is the case one might identify as platoniromantic, idemromantic, nebularomantic, sensualarian or quoiromantic.
The term aromantic was first coined in an AVEN thread titled 'Relationship Definitions' in June 2005. While this is not the first use of the split attraction model it is one of the first mentions of the term aromantic. After this there is very little mention of aromanticism until 2010, when aromanticism begin to gain a community on AVEN.
Aromantic Flag and Symbols
The first proposed aromantic flag had four stripes. Green, because it's the opposite of red, the most commonly associated romance color. Yellow, representing platonic love, because yellow roses represent friendship. Orange, for greyromantics, because it's in between red and yellow. And black, representing alloromantics that "reject traditional ideas of romance". This flag was later changed because it closely resembled the Rastafarian flag, and because it had a stripe representing alloromantics.
The second proposed aromantic flag was a five striped flag. With dark green and light green representing the spectrum of aromantic identities. A yellow stripe representing friendship, and a grey and black stripe representing the spectrum of sexual identities in the aromantic community. The design was later altered; changing the yellow stripe to white; due to it causing sensory problems for certain individuals. The meaning of the stripes was kept the same during the redesign.
Another aromantic flag was coined by Cryptocrew at Hayden000s request on January 16th of 2021 and was first published on a post one day later. The yellow flower represents platonic love or alterous/queerplatonic and desires, dark green represents lack of romantic attraction, light green represents the greyromantic spectrum, the black represents a disconnect or disinterest in romantic acts, the upside-down white hearts represent community and how aromantic individuals can love, just not how others may expect them to.
Another redesign was made by tumblr user nonbiarrow and was first posted on July 23 2021. The dark green stripe represents romance negative/repulsed aromantics, the light green stripe represents romance indifferent/neutral aromantics, the white stripe represents aromantics of all genders, sexualities and relationship types, the light teal stripe represents romance positive/favourable aromantics and the dark teal stripe stands for absence of (romantic) attraction.
There are several other symbols used to represent aromantics and aromantic love. One is an arrow, due to aromantic often being shortened to aro, which is pronounced the same way. Like asexuals, aromantics also use the symbol of the spades to represent themselves, and aroace individuals especially use the ace of spades. Also similar to asexuals, some aromantic individuals wear a white ring on the middle finger of their left hand (the opposite hand of the black asexual ring). Aromantics have also started using the symbol of a green heart, representing non-romantic love. An older, lesser used, symbol is an aardvark which seems to have originated from a meme.
The term aromantic uses the Latin prefix a- which means 'a lack of'.