Understanding Sexuality and Community Participation in Adults on the Autism Spectrum

Meet the Team

Photo of Lala Shanks smiling at the camera wearing a green and purple striped sweater, pink glasses, and a sunflower in their hair with an outdoor background.

Lala (she/he/they) is an autistic, biracial (Black and White), and pansexual enby. When they are not researching they work as an artivist, believing that all social justice issues are interconnected in nature and that art is an instrumental component of advocacy work.

Photo of Sage smiling at the camera wearing glasses and a dark green jacket with dinosaur bones behind them.

Sage is an advocate for neurodiversity and the LGBTQ+ community. They graduated from Wheaton College in Massachusetts with a B.A. in psychology, and focus on data collection and analysis. Sage grew up in Southeastern Massachusetts and currently lives in Boston. In their free time, they enjoy ice skating, reading, animals, and spending time with their fiancée. 

Photo of Mason smiling at the camera wearing a blue t-shirt with Marvel characters on it and glasses.

My name Is Mason Williams. He goes by He/Him/His or They/Them/Theirs. He is a full time student at the University of Oregon and my major is Ethnic Studies with a slight possibility of a disability studies minor.

Photo of Farah smiling at the camera wearing a light brown sweater and a green scarf with yellow, orange and green leaves behind her.

Hi! I’m Farah Rexha (she/her/hers) and I’m so excited to be a research assistant for this study. I’m from Long Island, New York and I’m currently a student at Boston University majoring in human physiology on the premed track.

Photo of Leziga smiling at the camera while wearing a yellow shirt with a white scarf and a white/gray background.

My name is Leziga (she/her/hers) and I am a sophomore studying Behavior and Health at Boston University. As a person of Nigerian descent, I hope being an assistant in this research study will guide me in the process of breaking cultural barriers to better understand the LGBTQIA+ community as well as autistic people. I hope to pursue a pediatric career focused on tending to autistic children, so this research could help me build a foundation for my future!

Photo of Liz smiling at the camera wearing a black tank top, blue blazer, glasses and a yellow background behind her.

My name is Liz (she/her/hers) and I’m a postdoctoral fellow at Boston University. I research accessible sexuality education and am interested in improving community participation for autistic LGBTQIA+ adolescents and adults.


Photo of our flyer that reads: We are looking for LGBTQIA+ Autistic adults to participate in a research study on inclusion. Please complete a brief survey about yourself and participate in either an interview or focus group to answer questions about your identity and community participation. You can participate whenever/wherever is convenient for you and receive a $25 gift card. Need more information? Email ekschmid@bu.edu or call/text (708)203-1592.

If you’re interested in learning more about our research, please email ekschmid@bu.edu or call (708)203-1592.

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