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#ThisIsWhatAutismLooksLike
I'm a 32 yo woman who spent most of my life feeling different and desperately trying to hide something I didn't even have a name for. I could go days and weeks fitting in perfectly, then misunderstand someone when no one else did... /1
Or react to sensory problems no one else seemed to have, or act in ways no one could understand, and spend the next days and weeks wondering what was wrong with me, choosing a way to "fix" it, and getting to work.

I heard stories of autistic women and finally recognized myself.
My diagnosis gave me words for my experiences and led me to one of the first communities I have really felt part of in my life. It also gave me names for my mental scars; a series of subclinical traits and disorders that tell the story of the sacrifices I made to fit in. /3
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If you’re LGBTQ and not autistic and opposed to autistic people using the word Pride bc you think it appropriates your struggle, I am going to need you to shut the fuck up and go educate yourself about autistic people, gender, and sexuality. It’s the same struggle. We’re you.
Autistic people do not have the same relationship to gender and sexuality that allistic people do because social constructs are not real to us. Interpreting the words the way they were originally defined, no autistic people are cis. We can’t be put in that box by default.
Lots of autistic people identify as cishet for the same reason lots of allistic queer and trans people did at one time - intense social pressure and not seeing any other options. Even many terms used in the queer community don’t fit us well. We are so alone.
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