I understand not wanting your asexuality to be associated with mental illness, but some of the posts I see trying to clear up the “misconceptions” about the relationship between asexuality and mental illness make me very uncomfortable. I am autistic and I have a unique and “abnormal” relationship with sex and sexuality that would qualify me for the ace spectrum. I am certain that my asexuality is intrinsically tied to my autism. My asexuality is a side effect, not an identity for me, and that is the case for many people with mental illnesses, mental disabilities, trauma, etc. Please don’t erase us.