AUTHOR: Maxfield Sparrow
PUBLISHER: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
July 21, 2020
PAGES: 224

Spectrums: Autistic Transgender People in Their Own Words

edited by Maxfield Sparrow

Written by autistic trans people from around the world, this vital and intimate collection of personal essays reveals the struggles and joys of living at the intersection of neurodivergence and gender diversity.

Weaving memories, poems and first-person narratives together, these stories showcase experiences of coming out, college and university life, accessing healthcare, physical transition, friendships and relationships, sexuality, pregnancy, parenting, and late life self-discovery, to reveal a rich and varied tapestry of life lived on the spectrums.

With humour and personal insight, this anthology is essential reading for autistic trans people, and the professionals supporting them, as well as anyone interested in the nuances of autism and gender identity.


Editor Maxfield Sparrow identifies as bisexual.

  • Introduction
  • Maxfield Sparrow (they/them/their)
  • My Body
  • Joelle Smith (she/her/hers)
  • I’m Just Me
  • Ben James (he/him/his)
  • Lifting the Burden
  • Drake Keeper (they/them/theirs)
  • The Queer Phoenix
  • Maxx Crow (he/him/his or they/them/their)
  • Bodies with Purpose
  • Gil Goletski (they/them/theirs)
  • My Journey as a Transgender Woman with Autism
  • Elizabeth K. Graham (she/her/hers)
  • Face the Strange
  • Dan Ackerman (they/them/theirs)
  • Ableism in Poetry
  • Kaiden Cole Wilde (he/him/his)
  • The Realest Parts of Me
  • Devin S. Turk (he/him/his or they/them/theirs)
  • Neuroccino
  • Nathaniel Glanzman (he/him/his)
  • My Gender Is Yenn: A Coming Out Story
  • Yenn Purkis (they/them/their)
  • A Letter to My Parents
  • Qwyrdo (they/them/their or ze/zer/zers)
  • I’m trans and autistic, and yes (for me), they’re related
  • Endever* corbin (they/them/their or xe/xem/xyr)
  • Evolving H
  • H A Clark (xe/xem/xyr or they/them/their)
  • The Power of Perspective
  • Megan Talbot (she/her/hers)
  • Half a Century of Winging It
  • Heather Rowan Nichol (they/them/theirs)
  • Five Poems
  • Jan (they/them/theirs)
  • What I Wish I’d Known
  • Chris Breedt (they/them/their or he/him/his)
  • Late to the Party
  • Hayden James (he/him/his)
  • The Rightness of Being Wrong
  • Baden Gaeke Franz (they/them/theirs)
  • Finding Validity at Work 140
  • Kevvie Vida (she/her/hers)
  • Reflections
  • HDG (she/her/hers or they/them/theirs)
  • Definitions
  • James J Myers (he/him/his or they/them/theirs)
  • A Transtistic Evolution
  • Jordan (they/them/theirs or he/him/his)
  • My Path of Life
  • Elie B (they/them/their)
  • Autistic, Non-binary, and Still Learning
  • Alyssa Hillary (they/them/their)
  • Remember the Time
  • V. Mike Roberts (he/him/his)
  • A letter to a friend
  • Ren koloni (they/them/their or it/it/its)
  • Gender Epiphany
  • Eryn Star (Any pronouns. I highly encourage folks to call me different pronouns interchangeably, but if someone is unable to due to disability reasons, they/them is good.)
  • The Girlhood That Wasn’t Mine (The Spaces I Cannot Enter)
  • Kit Mead (they/them/their)
  • Finding Myself: In Parallel
  • Andren Copass (he/him/his or they/them/their)
  • Steps to an Identity
  • Rae Kersley (they/them/their)
  • So Typical, Yet So Atypical
  • Kerry Chin (he/him/his)
  • A Plea of Things I Would Like You to Know
  • Shannon Shannon (Shannon/Shannon/Shannon’s)
  • One Step at a Time
  • Lee N (they/them/their)
  • On Finding Yourself in Someone Else
  • Noor Pervez (he/him/his)
  • Meetings and Partings
  • Heather Rowan Nichol (they/them/their)
  • Endnotes

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