Gendervague: At the Intersection of Autistic and Trans Experiences – Sharing from National LGBTQ Task Force Blog

Lydia X. Z. Brown delivering keynote speech at the PEAK Parent Center’s Conference on Inclusive Education about “Achieving Disability Justice: Beyond Ableism and the Imagined Normal” in Denver, CO, in February 2015.

By Lydia X. Z. Brown

I’m an autistic activist deeply invested in queer politics, and I’ve managed to fumble my way around without ever developing a conventional understanding of gender. Growing up, everyone around me assumed I was a girl based on the genitals I was born with, but I always felt deeply uncomfortable with being labeled a “girl” or “woman.” I don’t feel like a woman, but I know I’m not a man either. I now identify as genderqueer or non-binary. It wasn’t until partway through college, though, before I began to question what gender might mean to me, my explorations largely kindled by developing important relationships with many openly trans autistic people through my activism.

Read the rest of this great piece at  Gendervague: At the Intersection of Autistic and Trans Experiences | National LGBTQ Task Force Blog

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