A San Francisco-based psychiatrist said severe autism should not prevent people from being approved for experimental sex change operations, according to audio obtained by The Post Millennial.
Dan Karasic, MD, spoke during a pre-conference event on May 5 at the San Francisco Trans Health Summit, explaining that “anyone who is doing gender work sees a lot of people with autism spectrum disorder.”
Karasic allegedly claimed that gender clinicians have challenges working with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) patients due to communication issues, but was confident the issues were not insurmountable, and the verbally impaired can use other means to make known their request to receive a sex change operation.
According to The Post Millennial, Diane Ehrensaft, a California-based psychologist, joined the discussion by saying that “we may have to depend on drawings,” suggesting that relying on verbal responses is “really discriminatory.”
“It’s interesting that you mention drawing because this particular patient is able to draw her feelings better than to speak them, and enjoys drawing much more than speaking…so I think that’s a good point,” replied Karasic, referring to a 17-year-old autistic male patient.
A twitter post from Chris Elston, known as “Billboard Chris,” shared The Post Millennial article and commented, “World ‘experts’ in trans health now say NON-VERBAL AUTISTIC CHILDREN can consent to a sex change. They say these kids can communicate their transgender identities through drawing. I am not making this up.”
In 2016, Ehrensaft gave a speech in which she said pre-verbal children are capable of sending “gender messages” to express their transgender identities.
“Children will know as early as the beginning of the second year of life,” she said. “They probably know before.”
During that speech, Ehrensaft said toddler girls forcefully taking barrettes out of their hair is a “gender message.”