1st Edition

Exploring Autistic Sexualities, Relationality, and Genders Living Under a Double Rainbow

    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    272 Pages
    by Routledge

    This edited collection of contributions explores non-normative genders, sexualities and relationality among Autistic people.

    Written within an explicitly neuro-affirmative frame, the collection celebrates the diversity and richness of Autistic identity, sexuality, gender, and relationships, exploring areas such as consent, embodiment, ink, kink, sex education, and therapeutic work. All editors and contributors are neurodivergent and members of the communities that the book focuses on providing an authentic and unique exploration of gender, sexuality and relationality in Autistic people by Autistic/other neurodivergent authors.

    The book is primarily intended for postgraduate students and academics across disciplines including sociology, social work, psychology, disability studies, inclusive and special education, and sexual education. Mental health professionals and educators will also find it a useful resource to support their Autistic clients as well as developing their own understanding about how to support Autistic people in a neurodiversity affirming, kink-affirming, LGBTQ+ and gender variant way.


    1. Introduction

    Hanna Bertilsdotter Rosqvist, Anna Day, and Meaghan Kranzinski

    2. Intermission on Consent

    Anna Day and Meaghan Kranzinski

    Part 1: Beginnings

    3. Being young, Autistic and LGBT+: Connections, influences, and identity negotiations.

    Alex Toft

    4. Shifting paradigms in gender diverse Autistic research

    Katie Munday

    5. The power of community-generated data for an epistemic shift in Autistic sexuality: from stigmatised to neuroaffirming sex

    Sara Rocha and Mayne Benedetto

    Part 2: Evolving understandings: Naming the nameless so it can be thought

    6. Autiqueer experiences of BDSM: Desire, communication, and terminology for BDSM practices

    Mika Hagerlid

    7. Autistic identity as a springboard into exploring queerness, embodiment, and relationality

    Anna Day and Meaghan Kranzinski

    Part 3: Unlearning, relearning

    8. "What we are taught to hide”: Kink as a way to explore your autistic self

    Helene Delilah and Hanna Bertilsdotter Rosqvist

    9. Exploring Autistic Accounts of Sexuality, Intimacy, and Authenticity      

    David Jackson-Perry

    10. And I Don’t Want You to Show Me: Resistance-Writing Autistic Love-Sexualities through Text Sharing Practices

    Hanna Bertilsdotter Rosqvist and Anna Nygren

    11. Bearing Witness to Sexuality: Therapy and Education Groups for Autistic Adults

    Ariel E. Pliskin, Kim Fernald, Hanna Vaughn, and E. Merten

    12. A Critical Look into the Working Alliance Between GSRD Autistic Individuals and Their Healthcare Providers

    Lydia Stetson


    13. Conclusion

    Hanna Bertilsdotter Rosqvist, Anna Day, and Meaghan Kranzinski


    Hanna Bertilsdotter Rosqvist is a neurodivergent Professor in Social Work, at Södertörn University, Sweden. Her research is focusing on research method and theory development within neurodiversity studies. She has published several papers on the theme of gender and sexuality; among autistic people as well as among nonautistic people. She has edited several books, among them Neurodiversity Studies. A New Critical Paradigm (edited by Hanna Bertilsdotter Rosqvist, Nick Chown & Anna Stenning, 2020).

    Anna Day is a neurodivergent Principal Clinical Psychologist and parent to an Autistic young person. Anna has extensive clinical experience in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) in a community mental health team and specialist psychological therapies service, and now work for The Adult Autism Practice, Dublin, within a neuro-affirmative approach with adults seeking autism identification. They have a particular interest in GSRD issues and neuroqueering. Anna and colleagues have published the successful Adult Autism Assessment Handbook: A Neurodiversity Affirming Approach (2021) and are working on The Neurodiversity Affirmative Child Autism Assessment Handbook.

    Meaghan Krazinski is a neurodivergent PhD student in special education at Syracuse University, United States. Her research interests include neurodiversity; neurodivergent college student experiences; inclusive education; autistic identity, gender and relationality; and arts-based research methods. She has published work on Autistic understandings of gender, race, and identity in Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, and an analysis of Disabled students’ experiences with online learning using a queer phenomenological method, as well as a forthcoming co-authored work on neuroqueering, education, and culturally sustaining practices.