Matthew Broberg-Moffitt is ‘gender queer’ and of ‘non-binary identity’. He suffers from autism, learning disorders and narcolepsy – suddenly falling asleep at any time of the day.
Of Romany heritage, he has experienced homelessness and poverty, is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and has a genetic birth condition.
The good news is that he is perfectly placed to work as a ‘sensitivity reader’, vetting authors’ manuscripts before they are published.
And that’s exactly what he does, helping eliminate lapses in taste or authenticity when it comes to writing about, say, homelessness or narcolepsy – and protecting future readers from feelings of offence or ‘triggering’ moments of distress.
However distinctive he might seem, Broberg-Moffitt is no one-off.
Listed on the website of a leading American agency, he’s part of a rapidly expanding ‘sensitivity’ industry which aims to offer guidance in a world where diversity is king and stereotypes must be avoided at all cost.