It is believed that asexuals make up somewhere around 1% of the population. Given that asexuality is a rare orientation, and it can be hard to identify someone for NOT desiring something it is not surprising that asexuality has a visibility problem. However, in spite of this, some open asexuals have achieved a degree of notoriety. Here is a list of some fairly well known asexuals you may or may not have heard of:
Famous Living AsexualsJaneane Garofalo
Given this is democratic underground there is a good chance most people reading this have heard of Janeane Garofalo.
The famous comedienne, actress, and liberal actress is also an open hetero-romantic asexual
The famed singer, songwriter, former The Smiths frontman, and passionate animal rights activist is a Pan-
. Tim Gunn*
Famed fashion consultant, television personality, actor, voice actor, and Project Runway personality Tim Gunn makes a controversial addition to this list as some people claim that he is just celibate not asexual. But, since he did say, "I’ve always been kind of asexual"
I am going to include him in this list as a possible homoromantic asexual. Caitlyn Jenner*
Another controversial inclusion, Famed Olympic Gold Medalist and current TV personality Caitlyn Jenner told Barbra Walters that she (back when she was seen as a male) she was never gay but was a heterosexual.
When pushed further she famously "Let’s go with ‘asexual’ for now,
” which more than like meant that she was using the term asexual as a synonym for celibate. Regardless, even though she is probably likely a homosexual transwoman, I am going to list her as a possible homoromantic asexual. Famous Possible Asexuals From History
Asexuality as a recognized orientation only happened recently, but like all other orientation the truth is it has existed as long as all the other orientations. But with the difficulty of finding evidence of a lack of desire, and varying negative attitudes toward alternate sexuality through-out history it is hard to identify famous aces of ages long past.
That said, there have been many people throughout history that displayed a pattern of behavior that strong hints that they too were asexual. Please take these names with a grain of salt as we can never know for sure. Nikola Tesla
Nikola Tesla was many things; he was an electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and the inventor of AC Power. He was also a possible aromantic asexual. Not only was he known for being celibate but spurning all romantic relationships
. Isaac Newton
Yet another famed scientist and inventor. Isaac Newton never married and had no public relationships that anyone knows of. There is evidence that he had a close relationship with Swiss Mathematician Nicolas Fatio de Duillier. I am going to list him as a possible homoromantic/aromantic asexual. Emily Brontë
The author of Wutherning Heights constitutes another possible Aromantic Asexual
. She was known as a recluse who barely socialized outside of her family and her beloved animals
. Eleanor Roosevelt
Many people believe that First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was a secret lesbian, and there is a ton of evidence to support that. But there is also evidence that she may have been a homoromantic asexual as well. In particular a letter to her daughter in which she said, "sex is an Ordeal to be borne
." Not a very allosexual thing to say; but with all these historical figures it is hard to be 100% certain now that they are no longer alive to verify for themselves. Famous Asexuals in Fiction
They are rare, but there are also some famous asexual found in works of fiction around the world! Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes was written as an almost perfect gaze into what it is like to be an Aromantic Asexual
. His only interest in others is as puzzles to be solved or someone to beat in a battle of wits
. Sadly, many more modern adaptations like CBS's Elementary seem insistent on removing this aspect of his personality, erasing perhaps the best known fictional asexual in the world. Sheldon Cooper
How could I not include Sheldon on this list? Early on in the Big Bang theory Sheldon displayed a strong lack of interest in sex or romance or even being touched. Recently, however, he has been shown developing feelings for one of college Dr. Amy Fowler. Amy, strangely enough, displayed similar asexual traits when first introduced and who could be seen as a possible demi-sexual.
Whether or not the show will remove his asexual qualities has yet to be seen, but for now he could be argued to be the most visible fictional asexual in America. Monkey D. Luffy
Well, being the anime nerd that I am I couldn't end this without listing the most famous Asexual in Anime now could I?
"Straw Hat" Luffy is the main protagonist of the world's most popular japanese comic book (Manga) "One Piece." Through all of his many adventures pirating on the Grand Line Luffy has not once shown so much as the mildest form of either sexual or romantic attraction to anyone. This was best shown when he was shown to be immune the powers of Snake Princess Boa Hancock who can turn anyone who has even the smallest amount of lust for her into stone whether they be man, woman, or machine.
Further, the series creator even confirmed this saying that they only thing Luffy and his friends are in love with is adventure.