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  1. Hi! I'm Lisa. I live in London. I run a local ace & aro meetup group that has a walking group, a book club, and regular brunch and pub socials. We welcome aros of any sexuality and those who don't use the SAM. I'm into Sherlock Holmes, Shakespeare, reading (especially queer SFF, books with diverse characters including arospec ones), theatre, folk music (I play the flute and sing), running, and various arts & crafts. I have the same username on AVEN.
  2. As a aro ace community organiser who is more aro than ace, this has given me lots of food for thought. I was thinking to have specifically aro-focussed events as a way to be more inclusive, and our book club has a mix of books with romantic ace(spectrum), aromantic ace(spectrum), and allo-aro(spectrum) characters assigned.
  3. Thank you Mark. I've changed the language to make it clear that allo aros are welcome. Bcause they are! We chose to make the group private to hide venues from non-members, so that those who have been banned in the past for harassment don't show up again. We took this action to keep our members safe. It costs nothing to become a meetup.com member/a member of the group. The code of conduct is specifically about behaviour and safety and includes harassment on grounds of protected characteristics. However, we try very hard to have meetups that are free or lowcost and that are held in venues that are accessible for those with various disabilities. I appreciate that there are many more accessibility issues than stairs, it was a bit awkwardly worded but has now also been changed.
  4. London ace & aro walks! These happen once a month. Next one is Hampstead Heath on Saturday, May 11! Meet at 11 AM at Hampstead tube station. DETAILS: There is an outline of the walk here: https://www.innerlondonramblers.org.uk/ideasforwalks/self-guided-walks/15-hampsteadheath.html We'll do the long route and take in Highgate Cemetery. There is an entrance fee of £4 for the East Cemetery, which is self-guided, and £12 for the West Cemetery guided tour for those who want to do that. The West Cemetery is ONLY accessible via the guided tour because of safety reasons. Please make sure you have money on you when you come. See https://highgatecemetery.org/ for full information so you can decide which bit(s) of the cemetery you want to see. We'll get lunch in Highgate, but please bring snacks and water and remember to wear suitable clothing and footwear. More info and RSVP:
  5. We meet (almost) every Sunday from 11.30 onwards for brunch at Café Rouge, 2 St Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AP. We announce on our group on meetup.com but I'll try and update here as well! The next brunch is tomorrow, so likely short notice, but I'll post upcoming dates in this thread. More info on tomorrow's brunch:
  6. We (that's the London Asexual & Aromantic Spectrum Meetup Group) are starting a book club! If you are on GoodReads, you can join the virtual version of it here: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/932100-london-asexual-and-aromantic-spectrum-book-club The books selected are all listed in the Asexual & Aromantic Characters in Fiction Database as having on-page representation of aromantic-spectrum and/or asexual-spectrum main and/or lead characters. Meetups will all be at the Royal Festival Hall between 12.00 and 14.00 (that's noon to 2pm in old money). So far, planned meetings are: Saturday, April 27 - UNBURIED FABLES, ed. Creative Aces (anthology of fairytale retellings with representation across the spectrum of aromanticism and asexuality) Saturday, May 18 - LET'S TALK ABOUT LOVE, Claire Kann Saturday, June 15 - FAR FROM HOME, Lorelie Brown Saturday, July 20 - HELLO WORLD, Tiffany Rose & Alexandra Tauber Saturday, August 17 - QUEERLY LOVING VOL. 1, eds G Benson & Astrid Ohletz (male grey-asexual aromantic lead, female demisexual aromantic side) Saturday, September 21 - EVERY HEART A DOORWAY, Seanan McGuire If you would like to come to any meets, please RSVP on the meetup group! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me via DM or in this thread.
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