Being a scripted feature about an asexual relationship, we truly believe that Dear Luke Love, Me has real potential to make a difference for the Ace community and its visibility.
The reason why it is essential this film gets made is because there is virtually no representation in mainstream entertainment featuring asexual stories. Lack of representation can lead to widespread negative stereotypes which are harmful to Ace individuals. These misconceptions include ideas such as asexuals are sexually repressed, have suffered trauma, are emotionless or unfeeling, are anti-sex, or that the community is homogenous. When in truth, “asexual” is an umbrella term which houses a wide variety of unique and nuanced sexualities, including Demisexual, Demiromantic, Aromantic, Grey-A, Reciprosexual, or Aceflux, among others.
So many Ace individuals struggle, especially in their teenage years to understand themselves, oftentimes thinking that something is “broken” inside. But when these individuals see a character go through what they, themselves, have been confused about, it finally gives them an answer: they are not broken. And in fact, there are many other people who share their otherwise isolated experience.
This film has the potential to impact audiences on a life-changing level. As far as social impact, we can only hope to provide support and validation to those currently struggling with their journeys in discovering personal identification. In doing so, perhaps we can inspire others to spread awareness about this small corner of the LGBTQIA+ community. We also hope to develop relationships with global Ace organizations to organize screenings, talks, and social events in local communities to raise awareness of the little-known spectrum of asexuality.