Transgender Day of Visibility

Resources for Our Team Members and Families

“Gender diverse” is often used as an umbrella term to describe people whose gender identities — such as transgender, nonbinary or gender-queer — differ from the sex they were assigned at birth. Cisgender, or cis, refers to people whose gender identity and assigned sex at birth match.

  • According to the largest study yet to examine the connection, people who do not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth are three to six times as likely to be Autistic as cisgender people are (Warrior et al., 2020).
  • Studies show that Autistic people are more likely than neurotypical people to be gender diverse, and gender-diverse people are more likely to have an Autism diagnosis than are cisgender people (Walsh et al., 2018; Strang et al., 2018).

Transgender people are deserving of equal rights and autonomy. Today, we celebrate all of the victories and contributions the transgender and nonbinary communities have done in the fight for equality while also bringing awareness to the work that still needs to be done. We are with you.

Here are some resources, for anyone who would like to learn more about how to support and affirm transgender and nonbinary lives:

Resources:

  1. Pronouns Matter (UCSF LGBTQIA2S+ Resource Center) 
  1. Tips for Transgender Allies (GLAAD) 
  1. Elevated rates of autism, other neurodevelopmental and psychiatric diagnoses, and autistic traits in transgender and gender-diverse individuals (Warrior et al., 2020) 
  1. Brief Report: Gender Identity Differences in Autistic Adults: Associations with Perceptual and Socio-cognitive Profiles (Walsh et al., 2018) 
  1. Revisiting the Link: Evidence of the Rates of Autism in Studies of Gender Diverse Individuals (Strang et al., 2018) 
  1. For the love of they, them and we who use them
  1. The Transgender Language Primer 
  1. Drawn to Comics: “A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns” Is Quick, Easy and Spectacular 
  1. What It Means To Call Ourselves Non-Binary: An Autostraddle Roundtable 
  1. https://www.hrc.org/resources/understanding-the-transgender-community 
  1. https://transequality.org/know-your-rights 
  1. https://www.aclu.org/issues/lgbtq-rights/transgender-rights 
  2. http://www.upswingadvocates.org/