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Individuals on the Autism spectrum tend to be less influenced by or responsive to societal expectations or constraints. In many ways this individuality and “marching to a different drummer” leads to greater challenges fitting in socially and in the workplace; in other ways this out of the box thinking and behavior leads those on the spectrum to become some of our greatest thinkers, innovators and creators.

This natural inclination to be oneself and not follow the crowd or societal norms, seems to correlate with a higher than average incidence of individuals on the spectrum having greater variance and flexibility in the areas of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. Many on the Autism spectrum do not subscribe to the prevailing binary definitions.

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The Link Between Autism and Trans Identity

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Research on the overlap between autism and gender diversity is a relatively new field. But at AANE, we have been talking about gender and autism with our community for years. You can read about the latest findings on the link between autism and trans identity in The Atlantic... more

Autism-Asperger’s and Sexuality: Puberty and Beyond

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Many people on the spectrum never get "the talk" from their parents, and suffer from "information deficit." This book goes a long way toward filling in the gaps in their knowledge. It takes a candid look at aspects of sex and relationships as they apply to people on the autism spectrum:Learn... more

Meet the People Being Left Out of Mainstream Conversations About Autism

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"It was a white people's thing... it was a guy's thing." Michon Neal, 27, a genderqueer person who uses the pronoun "ze," didn't realize ze had Asperger's until less than a year ago. The only people ze had seen representing the syndrome were white men. As an intersex, mixed-race person who is... more

Gendervague: At the Intersection of Autistic and Trans Experiences

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June 22, 2016 From the National LGBTQ Taskforce Blogtags: autistic, genderqueer, health care, LGBTQ, mental health, trans 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... more

Ask and Tell: Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum

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Edited by Stephen Shore, Ask and Tell aims to help autistic people effectively self-advocate in their pursuit of independent, productive, and fulfilling lives. Ask and Tell is unique by being the first book to speak to the twin issues of self-advocacy and disclosure for people on the... more

Romantic Relationships

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Romance, dating, long-term relationships, and marriage enter into the lives of some people with Asperger profiles, and of these, many start their own families and become successful parents. Dating presents challenges for many with Asperger profiles because it involves subtle social communication and requires one partner to “experience” the... more

Asperger Marriage: Viewing Partnerships Through a Different Lens

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The excerpts below focus on interventions and suggestions for relationships in which a man with Asperger Syndrome (AS) is partnered with a woman who does not have AS (or a non-AS woman). The article in its entirety may be found at NASWMA.org. (AANE can also assist non-AS men partnered with women with AS.)Several times a year AANE offers... more

Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Asperger/Autism

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Individuals on the Autism spectrum tend to be less influenced by or responsive to societal expectations or constraints. In many ways this individuality and “marching to a different drummer” leads to greater challenges fitting in socially and in the workplace; in other ways this out of the box... more