In this article published in Slate, Evan Urquhart explores why a large number of people who have gender dysphoria are also autistic and why gender dysphoria appears to be more likely in autistic people. Some researchers are looking at a possible biological link between the two, but others think that the difference may be that autistic people are more likely to come out as transgender. It is difficult to know how many people in the general population hide their transgender identity due to social pressures.
As a result of this research, there are recommendations that clinicians screen autistic young people for gender dysphoria, and that those who work with young people with gender dysphoria should screen them for autism.
Date added: 22 March 2018