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JULY 2020 UPDATE: As the restrictions in England start to be lifted a few places to meet are reopening, I'll probably leave it a few weeks then might see if we can organise something outdoors, at the moment 6 people from different households can meet if they respect social distancing so we could have a small get together if there was appetite. The main challenge might be that for a group to get together would require the use of public transport which is still limited and meant to be for essential use only. We'll keep monitoring and hope to be able to get together in the real world again soon. If anyone has suggestions for other virtual meets please suggest away. There were many plans afoot for this year but COVID-19 has changed everything. Stay safe!

We are a safe and friendly social environment for those who identify or are questioning whether they might be on the asexual and/or aromantic spectrum(s), who are partners with someone who does, or who are just plain curious or supportive, to meet, hang out, chat, enjoy company, and feel part of a community. This includes those who identify as allosexual and aromantic(-spectrum) as well as those who to and those who do not use the split attraction model.

If you are looking for resources on asexuality and/or aromanticism, you may want to start here (https://aroacelondon.wordpress.com/asexual-and-aromantic-resources-masterpost/).

People of all abilities, religions, sexualities, ethnicities and genders welcome as long as you respect other members and their identities. We try to have meetups in places that are accessible for people with disabilities and that are free or low-cost. There is no membership fee.

Please keep your main profile picture for this group family-friendly.

Join our facebook group! (https://www.facebook.com/groups/aroacelondon)

By becoming a member, you are signing up to uphold the Code of Conduct outlined below. Meetup organisers are also subject to the Code of Conduct.

If you're a show/study researcher wanting people, reply to the Media/Research Requests message board thread (https://www.meetup.com/London-Asexuality-Meetup/messages/boards/thread/51905824) (keep it on that thread, anything else discuss with the organiser).

Regular events:

Brunch Bunch takes place (almost) every Sunday in Central London. Come and join us in a relaxed atmosphere, have some food or drink and chat about anything that comes to mind. A good way to make some new mates!

Quiz Night is run by Beth at a lovely pub. It’s your standard pub quiz.

Ace & Aro Pub Social happens once a month. The idea is the same as the brunch - come and join us in a relaxed environment and chat to fellow ace- & arospec people.

Apart from these, we sometimes organise one-off events like tea dances, film viewings, museum visits, theatre, and the like. If you have an idea for a meetup, please contact an organiser and we’ll see if we can make it happen!

Meetup suggestions/becoming a co-organiser

We welcome suggestions for new meetups! New locations, new timings, new activities... you name it. Please contact the organiser with your suggestions and we'll see if we can make it happen! We're also happy to make you an organiser so you can put on events. Please contact an organiser if you would like to join our friendly group of volunteer organisers.

RSVPs

Please RSVP to meetups if you intend to come so that the organiser/host knows who to expect. RSVPs usually close a day or two before the event, and may close early if there is a limit on attendees. If you can't makeit, please cancel promptly and send apologies at least 24 hours before the event.

Please don't come to a meetup if you haven't RSVP'd. This is especially important for walks and museum meetups, where it is not possible to join the group after a certain time.

Code of Conduct

The London Asexual and Aromantic Spectrum Meetup is dedicated to providing a harassment-free community for everyone, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, romantic orientation, attitude towards sexual activity, attitude towards romantic activity, gender identity or expression, disability, physical appearance, age, body size, ethnicity, nationality, or religious beliefs. We do not tolerate harassment of community members in any form. Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the community at the discretion of the organiser(s).

Harassment includes but is not limited to:

offensive verbal or written comments related to sex, gender, sexual orientation, romantic orientation, attitude towards sexual activity, attitude towards romantic activity, gender identity or expression, disability, physical appearance, age, body size, ethnicity, nationality, or religious beliefs,

deliberate intimidation, threats, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording,

sustained disruption of talks or other events,

inappropriate physical contact,

unwelcome sexual or romantic attention.

Community members asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Researchers and media representatives are also subject to the anti-harassment policy.

If a community member engages in harassing behavior, the organiser(s) may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the community. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact an organiser immediately.

If you have questions or feedback about this Code of Conduct please contact the organiser(s).

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London Asexual & Aromantic Spectrum organisers developed this Code of Conduct to govern all events and communication channels. We used the Geek Feminism Conference anti-harassment policy (http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Conference_anti-harassment/Policy) as a starting point. This Code of Conduct, like its inspiration, is licensed under the Creative Commons Zero license (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/).

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