Posted BY: Patty Knap

Few things are stunning these days, but it was alarming to learn of the autism link to the drastic increase in transgenderism.

As the mother of a young adult son with autism (high functioning), I had no idea what autism could possibly have with wanting to “become” (or think one has become) the opposite gender.

The vulnerabilities of people with autism that place them at great risk of being considered for “gender reassignment surgery” include “otherness,” feeling different — that they don’t quite fit in — not understanding social cues and not quite connecting with people, feeling less empathy. All make them different.  As with many teenagers, those with autism often seek affirmation, identity, and attention, and changing one’s entire “identity” is now a popular way to obtain it.

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