why are so many autistic people trans or struggle with gender identity? 💕
We don’t know for certain. There are a few theories. The two that I like the most are rooted in neuroscience, and sociology.
The first hypothesizes that some of the environmental factors involved in being gendry and in being autistic are the same, or very similar. In utero exposure to testosterone is one suggest candidate for both.
The second is that we have a social deficit, and gender is a social construct - we just have a relationship with gender that is less burdened by socialization and go with whatever works for us. As a sociologist this is the one I like, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it was a little bit of both.