Sexual, Gender Identity and Autism
The acronym LGBTQIA+ is an ever-growing and evolving acronym. It is an inclusive term covering people of all genders and sexualities, such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, queer, intersex, asexual, pansexual, and allies.
Gender identity and sexuality are more varied among autistic people than in the general population, and autism is more common among people who do not identify as their assigned sex than it is in the population at large — three to six times as common, according to a recent study. Researchers are also making gains on how best to support autistic people who identify outside conventional genders. (Spectrum News 9/18/20)
Articles and Resources:
Autistic & LGBTQ- The Facts: https://www.autisticempire.com/2019/06/09/autistic-and-lgbtq-the-facts/
Autistic Women and Non-Binary Network (AWN): https://awnnetwork.org/
Gender and Sexuality in Autism, Explained: https://www.spectrumnews.org/news/gender-and-sexuality-in-autism-explained/
LGBTQI Resource Page: https://paautism.org/resource/lgbtqi/
Neurodiversity and Gender Diverse Youth- An Affirming Approach to Care 2020: https://www.lgbtqiahealtheducation.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Neurodiversity-and-Gender-Diverse-Youth_An-Affirming-Approach-to-Care_2020.pdf
SexEd Guide for Self-Advocates-Sexual Identification and Gender Identity: https://researchautism.org/sex-ed-guide-sexual-orientation-gender-identity/
Sexual Identification, Gender Identity, and Autism: https://www.aane.org/sexual-orientation-gender-identity-aspergerautism/
Twainbow– LGBTQI+ people with an Autistic diagnosis have two separate rainbows — and two separate coming out stories. There are times when an autistic will not come out as LGBTQI+, and vice-versa. The challenges for each minority group are great and being a double-social minority can be especially tough. Education and peer support goes a long way in helping to navigate these challenges and make for a smoother trip on the social highway. That’s the premise of Twainbow — people living under a double-rainbow. https://www.twainbow.org/
Local and Online Support
Inland Empire LGBTQ+ Resource Guide – Inland-Empire-LGBTQ-Resource-Guide.pdf (chaisr.org)
Neurodiverse Families (LGBTQ+ Facebook Group – https://www.rainbowfamilies.com.au/neurodiverse_families_group
PFLAG (Parents of Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
Provides confidential support to families and allies who are in need, through peer-to-peer meetings, online outreach, and telephone hotlines. PFLAG National also offers a huge variety of resources and programs that provide support for those in need. Are you lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or gender-expansive, queer, or questioning (LGBTQ+)? However you identify in terms of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, PFLAG is here to support you and your family on your journey.
PFLAG Riverside (951) 500-6904
PFLAG Temecula (951) 878-8052
PFLAG San Gabriel Valley/API
PFLAG Palm Springs/Desert Communities (760) 202-4430
Transgender Community Coalition and Transgender Health and Wellness Center
340 S. Farrell Drive, Suite A208, Palm Springs, CA
6700 Indiana Avenue Suite 252, Riverside, CA
Transgender Health and Wellness Center offers medical treatment for gender dysphoria such as laser hair removal and electrolysis as well as mental health, while the Transgender Community Coalition offers the wrap-around services such as crisis and case management, pet assistance, navigation to health care and more.
Figuring out your Sexual Orientation: https://paautism.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/FiguringOutYourSexualOrientation.pdf
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: https://paautism.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/SexualOrientationAndGenderIdentity.pdf
LGBTQ+-Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (Organization for Autism Research): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cG4kk7hI_r0&ab_channel=OrganizationforAutismResearch
Q&A-Being LGBTQ+ and on the Autism Spectrum (Organization for Autism Research): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cG4kk7hI_r0&ab_channel=OrganizationforAutismResearch
Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Autism Spectrum Disorder (SPARK for Autism): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlBpti_Dkow&ab_channel=SPARKforAutism
The Full Spectrum- What’s it Like to be Gay and Autistic? (Australian Public Broadcast Service): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5FTPL1BbYg&ab_channel=TheFeedSBS
Autism Society Options Policy
This Resource Guide was developed to provide families and professionals with an opportunity to find resources related to autism in the Inland Empire in one place.
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