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The Autistic Trans Guide to Life

Yenn Purkis, Wenn B. Lawson

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Coping with disability

A first-of-its-kind survival guide for autistic trans adults, written by leading autistic trans activists

This essential survival guide gives autistic trans and/or non-binary adults all the tools and strategies they need to live as their very best self.

Blending personal accounts with evidence-based insights and up-to-date information, and written from a perspective of empowerment and self-acceptance, the book promotes pride, strength and authenticity, covering topics including self-advocacy, mental health and camouflaging and masking as well as key moments in life such as coming out or transitioning socially and/or physically.

Written by two leading autistic trans activists, this book honestly charts what life is like as an autistic trans person and is vital, life-affirming reading.

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Praise for The Autistic Trans Guide to Life

  • I would rename this the thriving guide! This is such a powerful book, packed full of essential information for trans and non-binary adults navigating the gender transition process. The case studies and personal stories shared by Wenn and Yenn, both trans and autistic themselves, make this book relatable and profound. Wenn and Yenn skillfully dispel the many misconceptions surrounding the intersectionality of gender and autism, additionally making this a must-read for those supporting trans autistic adults.

  • The Autistic Trans Guide to Life fluently discusses the unique challenges existing for people who are both transgender and on the autism spectrum. Despite a clear data-driven prevalence, this intersectionality does not seem to be widely acknowledged in mainstream information. This guide not only helps outline possible pathways to transition, it also identifies the unique challenges autistic people may face during transition. By offering insights through the eyes of autistic individuals, The Autistic Trans Guide to Life provides a rich template from which those who bend both the autism and gender spectrum can benefit.

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Yenn Purkis

Yenn Purkis is an autistic and non-binary advocate, author and presenter. Yenn has a Masters degree in Fine Art from RMIT University. Yenn has given a presentation for TEDx Canberra and has been a frequent keynote presenter at autism and disability events for several years. Yenn has a number of awards, including the 2016 ACT Volunteer of the Year award and a number of other awards for community leadership including being nominated for the Australian of the Year award in 2017. Yenn has worked full-time for the Australian Public Service since 2007. They have facilitated a support group for autistic women and gender diverse folks in Canberra since 2011. Yenn has featured in media interviews for many years and was one of four autistic adults featured in the ABC TV documentary Alone in a Crowded Room. Yenn lives in Canberra, Australia.

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