I wish all aces an excellent #InternationalAsexualityDay! πŸ–€β™ οΈπŸ€πŸ’œ @IADofficial

What does the A in LGBTQIA+ mean? In true Malaysian fashion, let's talk about it with food. Thread 🧡: Illustration of the Malaysian dish nasi lemak, with no samba
Some people want sambal.

Some people don't want sambal. Illustration of nasi lemak with a helping of sambal, a sweetIllustration of nasi lemak with no sambal.
Some want a little, and others want a lot.

There's a whole spectrum of preferences for sambal. Some people like it sweet, others like it spicy. Some people will only have sambal from their favourite stall, while others have sambal from more than one place. Two open bundles of nasi lemak. The first has a tiny pinch oTwo rows of nasi lemak packets, each of them has varying amo
Some people don't have sambal because it hurts them physically.

Some people don't have sambal because it repulses them mentally. Illustration of nasi lemak with a helping of sambal on the tIllustration of nasi lemak with some sambal on the top; the
Some choose not to have sambal because of their beliefs, cultural or religious, even though they may like or want it.

And some people just don't feel the desire for sambal at all. They might have it to make another person happy, they might not. They don't feel a need for sambal. Illustration of a stained glass window featuring a nasi lemaIllustration of nasi lemak without sambal.
They can have other things to go with their nasi: eggs, ikan bilis, fish, timun, chicken, curry, crackers, papadam...

The absence of sambal doesn't mean their nasi is incomplete or lacking, even if people who like sambal may find it strange and incomprehensible. Illustration of eggs, friend chicken, petai seeds, papadam cA four-panel meme showing a close-up of an illustration of n
In a world where almost everyone else likes or needs sambal, this can be difficult to understand.

But it is okay to not have sambal.

It is okay to not like sambal.

It is okay to not want sambal.

Some of the time. All of the time. Illustration of a 100 icons of nasi lemak. 99 have sambal onIllustration of various items: books, posters, and such. A m
People who don't want sambal are still people, after all.

And though they may be different, they are every bit as human as people who have sambal.

First published on @QueerLapis; writing and art by me. Feel free to share this thread or charisloke.com/sambal if it was helpful! Illustration of nasi lemak without sambal.Text on a white background: The β€˜A’ in LGBTQIA+ stands f

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