This ridiculous graphic is circulating on social media. WHY have our loved ones been SEXUALIZED?? The trans and cis language of gender identity has no place in securing the schooling, services and supports our loved ones need. Autism is a life changing diagnosis. NEURODIVERSITY was the sneaky insertion of garbage talk that became the norm a decade ago. Self-diagnosis explained away years of failure and personality flaws. "I'm not a lonely, lovelorn jerk with no friends, I'm autistic!" The puzzle piece is deemed offensive while this rainbow, infinity claptrap ROBS our loved ones of their status as Americans with DISABILITIES, not jackasses who tell the politically correct they are unicorns. It also hijacks a ride on the coattails of an important civil rights movement for gay Americans. Including the man who founded this site, our dear Dan.
PS: A story. 15 years ago, when my daughters were youngsters, I shopped at a natural food store near my home. At each visit, a soft spoken, languid, beautiful young man named Omar would help us. He was always so kind to the girls, even as we lurched through the store's skinny aisles with raised voices and Sesame Street songs and other autismy sounds. He disappeared for many months. I asked the manager, who simply said he had left. One day, I entered the store to see Omar, but it wasn't Omar, it was an even more beautiful young woman in a pretty skirt and top. In my gladness to see him, exclaimed, "Omar, I'm so happy to see you! We missed you." And gently said to me, "My name is not Omar, it's Jasmine." Without skipping a beat, I stuck out my hand (pre-covid, friends) and said, "It's so nice to meet you Jasmine," then I continued my shopping. She beamed at me. We all deserve respect for who we are. And that includes my daughters with autism.