Mel Baggs

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Mel Baggs
Date of birth August 15, 1980
Place of birth Mountain View, California, USA
Date of death April 11, 2020
Place of death Burlington, Vermont, USA
Nationality American
Pronouns sie/hir[1]
Gender identity genderless lesbian[2]
Occupation Autism activist

Mel Baggs was a well-known autistic activist blogger.[3] Baggs created a website titled "Getting the Truth Out", a response to a campaign by the Autism Society of America. Sie claimed that the ASA's campaign made autistic people objects of pity.[4] Sie also spoke at conferences about disabilities, and worked with Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists that were researching autism.[5]

In January 2007, Baggs posted a video on YouTube entitled In My Language[6] describing the experience of living as an autistic person, which became the subject of several articles on CNN.[7][8][9] Baggs also guest-blogged about the video on Anderson Cooper's blog[10] and answered questions from the audience via email.[11]

Baggs died on April 11, 2020 at the age of 39 in Burlington, Vermont; hir mother said that the cause of hir death was believed to be respiratory failure.[4]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Transgender day of visibility". April 2015.
  2. "I'm a genderless lesbian and…". June 2016.
  3. Brown, Lydia (12 April 2020). "On Mel Bagg's untimely death". Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network (AWN). Retrieved 9 June 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Genzlinger, Neil (28 April 2020). "Mel Baggs, Blogger on Autism and Disability, Dies at 39". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. Smith, Harrison. "Mel Baggs, influential blogger on disability and autism, dies at 39". Washington Post. Retrieved 30 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. Baggs, Mel (14 January 2007). "In My Language". YouTube. Retrieved 23 February 2007.
  7. Gajilan, A. Chris (February 22, 2007). "Living with autism in a world made for others". CNN. Retrieved 2007-02-25.
  8. Gupta, Sanjay (20 February 2007). "Behind the veil of autism". CNN. Retrieved 2007-02-25.
  9. Abedin, Shahreen (21 February 2007). "Video reveals world of autistic woman". CNN. Retrieved 2007-02-25.
  10. Baggs, Mel (February 21, 2007). "Why we should listen to 'unusual' voices". CNN. Retrieved 2007-02-25.
  11. Baggs, Mel (22 February 2007). "Amanda Baggs answers your questions". CNN. Retrieved 2007-02-25.
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