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Axis of Autism: Being Autistic, Lesbian and Genderfluid

I have a long history of difficulty with interpersonal interactions, and I’ve always struggled to find a place for myself amongst everyone else. A lot of neurodivergent people will doubtlessly relate to these experiences, and a lot of queer people can as well. If you happen to belong to both of those demographics, join the club! You’re in good company. I am an autistic, genderfluid lesbian, and I experience these identifiers as tightly intertwined.

How to Get Comfortable

Many people feel uneasy exploring sexuality. Not just the having s-e-x part, but also even just thinking about things like what they might like or the kinds of people they are or may be attracted to (if any!). So, how does a person explore sexuality, sexual identity and sexual interactions without feeling awkward? Spoiler alert: there’s no secret, no one-size fits all, no 10-step program and no magic spell I could cast that would take the awkward out of discovering who you are as a sexual being. But there are loads of things you can do to feel more secure and at ease in the process, no cap!

25 Years of Scarleteen: Year By Year

Scarleteen turned 25 on December 15, 2023. Here's a timeline of some of Scarleteen’s more notable work, accomplishments and important milestones, setbacks, and well as how we’ve existed within the larger world over the years

Aftershocks: Talking about the Physical Effects of Sexual Trauma

The last installment in a series on the physical effects of sexual trauma. To conclude the series, we’re talking about talking: namely, how to talk with sexual partners about any physical effects that you have experienced as a survivor of sexual trauma.

Adjusting to Sex After Adult Circumcision

For as long as I could remember, I had a tight foreskin. When I was younger, I didn’t realize there was an issue, and that not everyone’s penis looked like mine. As I got into my teenage years, I began to realize that it was *too* tight.

Menstruation: Game On

Brazil is known as one of the most socially unequal countries in the world, plagued with a fragile educational system, problems with misinformation and false information in the media, and violence caused by cultural machismo and homophobia. All of this and more makes it difficult to talk about menstruation at the classroom or at home. Professor Ana Gabriella Sardinha and her team have been developing The Menstrual ConSCIENCE Trail tabletop game to teach Brazilian young people about menstrual cycles in a unique way.

A Trans Autistic Lady Vs. The Ghost(ing) of Bad Dates Past

I did not feel ready to navigate possible transphobia alone, I needed backup. I was expecting to have that for this date via the person I was on the date with. Without her, I felt trapped in a restaurant where I felt other patrons looking at me or whispering about me. This was a steakhouse in the heart of Plano, Texas.

Reconnecting with the Body: Managing the Physical Impact of Sexual Trauma

This article -- part two of a four part series on the physical effects of sexual trauma -- focuses on treatment options for pelvic effects that survivors may experience. For survivors struggling with pelvic symptoms, pelvic physical therapy can be an invaluable component of a recovery journey.

Experiencing the Aftershocks: The Physical Effects of Sexual Trauma

In this first of a four-article series, you can learn about the specifically physical patterns that pelvic health physical therapist and health writer Caitlyn and others observe in survivors of sexual trauma, and what the research shows about some of sexual trauma's long-term effects.