Experiences of Peer Interaction Amongst Autistic 2SLGBTQ+ Youth in Secondary Institutions 

This thesis research project examines the intersection of an autistic and 2SLGBTQ+ identity, and how such identities are experienced by youth in secondary institutions (in the context of discrimination and micro-aggression as well as positive and affirming experiences at school). The research aim is to understand the ways in which autistic 2SLGBTQ+-identifying youth (16-19 years old) interactions with peers may have shaped how they view themselves and their identity and determine sources of resiliency and supports which help facilitate positive relationships for 2SLGBTQ+ youth.

Brianna Comeau

Who can participate: 
Youth are eligible if they are aged 16-19 from the autism community, they also identify as 2SLGBTQ+ and have been in a secondary institution in Canada since grade 10 (this can include Indigenous, Canadian or undocumented youth).

What’s involved: 
One interview (on Zoom or Microsoft Teams) per participant, which should take approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. Participants will also be given the option to contribute to member reflections, which is essentially allowing them to view and comment on categories/quotes/themes that have been generated during data analysis. Member reflections can be done either through providing a written email response, or through attending a group meeting on Zoom.

By participating in this research, participants will receive one $25 Amazon gift card.

Interested in participating:  
If you have any questions please e-mail come7440@mylaurier.ca