I had a great experience yesterday. I teach at a public high school so Valentine's Day is usually a horrible day - there are giant stuffed animals, chocolate, and flowers everywhere and I am aromantic as well as asexual, so I find it all a bit grating.
Some of my students were chatting about their Valentine plans when I walked up to make sure they were still working on their assignment. They asked what I was doing that night, and I told them I'd probably watch TV at home or read like normal. Suddenly, a girl asked, "Miss, are you asexual?" I had never talked to this class about my orientation - I never do unless someone brings it up - so I was flabbergasted. "Yes," I said, "though I am surprised you've heard of that." She said she knows a guy at work that is asexual and he had explained it to her, and I kind of acted like him sometimes so she'd been wondering. The rest of the group started asking questions, and between the two of us we explained it to them. The girl was very knowledgeable and the group was respectful the whole time and never once acted like they didn't believe someone could just not be sexually attracted to others. They even laughed when I made a lame joke about how much money I save on Valentine's Day because I'm aromantic.
I walked away thinking that if even hormone-ravaged teenagers on Valentine's Day could get it and accept it, maybe there's hope for the rest of society.