110 [S9 E5] ‘My autism journey came out of my trans experience’: Navigating gender and autistic identities
Topics in this episode: family, friendships, gender, intergenerational autism, university

Vic Weiner is a youth justice attorney and lifelong social justice activist in the USA.

They were brought up by a college professor mother in an unconventional home without a TV, and as a child they always felt like an outsider. However, as they grew up and continued to struggle socially, they realised it wasn’t just their unusual upbringing – there was something else going on. They were diagnosed autistic at 34.

Vic attended Warren Wilson College, a unique university where the students work and undertake community service in addition to their studies. After struggling to find suitable employment after graduation, including trying teaching and youth work, Vic decided to go to law school, where they finally found something that worked for their neurodivergent brain.

We talk about:

➡ Autism and gender, and their experiences of being transmasculine, genderqueer, queer and asexual.

➡ Imposter syndrome, being an outsider, and not fitting in, and finding groups exhausting and lonely

➡ Generational autism

➡ Attending a university that attracts a large number of neurodivergent students

➡ Navigating emerging gender and autistic identities

Squarepeg is a podcast in which neurodivergent women, and trans and nonbinary people, explore navigating a neurotypical world and share their insights, challenges and successes.

I hope that these conversations will be inspiring and thought provoking, open you up to new ways of thinking about being neurodivergent, and help you feel more connected to a worldwide community of people with similar experiences.

I’m Amy Richards, and after being diagnosed autistic at the age of 37 I’m now on a mission to learn more about different perspectives and issues around being a neurodivergent adult in a world that feels like it doesn’t quite fit.

 

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