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I am an autistic trans youth and I am writing to you today, Giving Tuesday, to ask your financial support for a resource guide the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network is creating to support other autistic trans youth. This guide is important to me because I want to be able to help other autistic transgender and gender non-conforming people get support and acceptance from their families and loved ones. When I came out to my parents a few years ago, I was met with acceptance, and I want other young people to know what that is like. Especially because so many trans kids do not have that experience.
Creating the final resource guide will be a collaboration including myself, my mother, and other trans autistic youth. We want to help our loved ones become the best possible allies to the autistic transgender community. We will talk about the things that families can do right, along with some common mistakes families make, to teach others how to do better.
Giving Tuesday is a day to celebrate radical generosity, and in that spirit, I’m hoping you can help AWN raise $5,000 to create this resource guide for autistic trans youth. To create this resource, we want to make sure that everyone is paid fairly for their contributions. We plan to talk with a diverse group of transgender autistic people who will share their wisdom and hopes for a better world that welcomes all people.
It will involve many months of work, but with your help, we’re hoping to have it ready by April 2023, in time for Autism Acceptance Month. And we really need your support to make that happen. Members of the AWN community like you make it possible to provide lifesaving resources to trans autistic youth — we couldn’t do it without you.
Thank you for being part of Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network community, and I’m glad to be in community with you.
Youth Advocate and Writer
Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network