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Gender Identity, Sexuality and Autism: Voices from Across the Spectrum 2020-11-23

Where ASD meets LBGTQIA

  1. VictorR
    Author:
    Eva A. Mendes & Meredith R. Maroney
    Book Type:
    • Paperback
    • Digital
    Bringing together a collection of narratives from those who are on the autism spectrum whilst also identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and/or asexual (LGBTQIA), this book explores the intersection of the two spectrums as well as the diverse experiences that come with it.

    By providing knowledge and advice based on in-depth research and personal accounts, the narratives will be immensely valuable to teenagers, adults, partners and families.

    The authors round these stories with a discussion of themes across narratives, and implications for the issues discussed.

    In the final chapter, the authors reflect on commonly asked questions from a clinical perspective, bringing in relevant research, as well as sharing best-practice tips and considerations that may be helpful for LGBTQIA and ASD teenagers and adults. These may also be used by family members and clinicians when counseling teenagers and adults on the dual spectrum.

    Eva A. Mendes is an Asperger / autism specialist, couples' counselor and psychotherapist. She facilitates workshops and training at various universities, mental health and medical centres. Ms. Mendes also has a private practice where she works with clients from all over the world.

    Meredith R. Maroney is a doctoral candidate pursuing research in the intersection of LGBTQ+ and ASD. She has worked with children, adolescents and young adults on the AS/ASD spectrum for a number of years through Aspire MGH and in college counseling centres.

    Jessica Kingsley Publishers
    2019
    202pp
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Recent Reviews

  1. VictorR
    VictorR
    5/5,
    Version: 2020-11-23
    The book includes 15 narratives from ASD-LBGTQ+ individuals from a variety of backgrounds, identities, and ages, along with two commentaries from the perspective of a partner and two commentaries from the perspective of a parent.

    It also includes a quick run-down of various terms so those without a background in LBGTQ+ terminology can follow along.

    The authors/editors concede that while they tried to share as broad a collection as possible, that due to the nature of the story collection (voluntary participation mostly from their network), there is a skew towards the Northeastern US and also, everyone is either a college student or graduate. Notwithstanding that, this is a good start, and I can see the possibility of additional volumes with more and a broader variety of perspectives.