The Nonbinary / Neurodivergent Intersection

While we know this is not the case for everyone who either identifies as nonbinary or who experiences neurodivergence, this is our family’s experience. We feel it’s best to write from our own experience than to try to generalize.

In our experience, people who live with neurodivergent issues, such as autism, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, and others, can be less likely to pick up on social cues.

Gender is a societal construction. If you experience a neurodivergent issue that hampers your ability to read social situations, then you may not pick up on the social cues that are built into society’s gender definitions.

We feel this is why there is a correlation between neurodivergence and gender diversity. That is why this website focuses on both.

It’s unlikely we can separate the snafus and successes we run into while traveling (or in any other aspect of our lives) into only “gender” or only “neurodivergence”.

References / Further Reading

Most of the following articles focus on autism, which is one of many forms of neurodivergence. Neurodiversity can also include sensory processing disorder, ADHD, and anxiety disorders.

  • Transgender and non-binary people are up to six times more likely to have autism
    NPR.org | January 15, 2023 | AYESHA RASCOE, HOST | People who are transgender or nonbinary are more likely to be autistic. One large study found that it’s three to six times more common. Researchers are working to understand the connection and how society can be more accommodating to people who live at this intersection.
  • Largest study to date confirms overlap between autism and gender diversity
    Spectrum News |  14 SEPTEMBER 2020 | by Laura Dattaro | 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, according to the largest study yet to examine the connection. Gender-diverse people are also more likely to report autism traits and to suspect they have undiagnosed autism