LGBTQ+ Information and Resources

Autism, Sexuality and Gender Identity

Research about the intersection of sexuality and gender identity with autism, while a relatively new field, has uncovered meaningful findings about the experiences of autistic LGBTQ+ people. These findings can impact physical and mental health as well as social interactions for people on the spectrum.  

Some studies have suggested that more than double the percentage of autistic people identify as non-heterosexual than their neurotypical peers. Compared with straight, cisgender autistic adults, research has found that LGBTQ+ adults experience significant health disparities, including less access to services from medical providers. Given that autistic adults often have greater need for health services than neurotypical people, the community and the healthcare system need to come together to provide added support and remove barriers to appropriate care for LGBTQ+ autistic people. 

We also know that transgender and gender-diverse individuals are more likely to be diagnosed with autism and are more likely to have other mental health conditions like anxiety, depression and ADHD. These findings have a tremendous impact on health care and safety, as providers need to know to screen their autistic patients for these other conditions and social circumstances - including bullying and harassment - to make sure they get appropriate care. 

Below are resources for LGBTQ+ identifying autistics and their allies. 

Clinical care guidelines for transgender autistic teens
For Health Professionals: Clinical guidelines on best practices for gender diverse autistics in clinical practice.
Autism Speaks Asks: Got Questions?
For Parents: This 'Got Questions' answers, “I suspect my child with autism may be transgender. How will her autism affect how she processes her gender identity? How can we best support her as parents?”
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For Adults: This Autism POVs Podcast episode researchers share that gender fluidity may be more prevalent in people with autism than the general population.
Combating Bullying
Explore our resources and tools to help take a stand against bullying
Take A Stand Against Bullying
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Bullying Facts
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In my own words: Meet Terance, aka “TeeKayy”
TeeKayy | 22 years old
The most beautiful thing you can do is love the image of your true reflection.
Read TeeKayy's Story
Bryan B
Bryan B. | 24 years old
Opening up about the hardships I’ve endured in my life has been a challenge, but I know by speaking out, I can help countless others, and that’s what matters most.
Read Bryan B.'s Story
Spectrum Spotlight - Meet the Mullen Family
Callan and Brennan M. | 3 years old
Although receiving the news that their boys were on the spectrum was difficult to fully accept at first, the couple quickly took action to get their boys access to the services and supports they needed.
Read Callan and Brennan M. 's Story
Pride in Yourself
Brigid shares about living her truth as an autistic, queer, fire-breathing mermaid.
In our own words: what Pride Month means to me
Mark, Karen, Jose and Sarah share how their autism and journey as members of the LGBTQ+ communities have helped to provide them with unique perspectives on life, love and finding happiness.

Helpful Organizations

The Trevor Project 

Saving LGBTQ Lives, The Trevor Project is a national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth. 

It Gets Better  

The It Gets Better Project’s mission is to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) youth around the globe. 

Human Rights Campaign 

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest LGBTQ advocacy group and LGBTQ political lobbying organization in the United States. 

National Center for Transgender Equality 

The National Center for Transgender Equality is the nation's leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people. 

GLSEN 

GLSEN is an American education organization working to end discrimination, harassment, and bullying based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression and to prompt LGBT cultural inclusion and awareness in K-12 schools. 

Trans Lifeline 

Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community. 

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