Behind Georgia’s new attack on transgender minors is a dismissal of autistic people’s ability to think for themselves.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a bill last week that prohibits multiple types of gender-affirming care — including sexual reassignment surgeries and hormone replacement therapies — for those younger than 18. On the surface, Georgia’s bill seems like nothing more than the latest in a flurry of awful right-wing legislation to restrict care for transgender youth. But this law includes a clause claiming that “Gender dysphoria is often comorbid with other mental health and developmental conditions, including autism spectrum disorder.”
Conservatives are forcing autistic people who are also transgender to choose between their identities.
Set aside the fact that autism isn’t a “comorbid” illness that threatens life; this peculiar phrasing in Georgia’s new law is part of a disturbing new trend wherein conservatives, in their effort to restrict gender-affirming care, are now weaponizing autism diagnoses. In doing so, those conservatives are forcing autistic people who are also transgender to choose between their identities.
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