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Asperger's & transsexuality

Hello everybody. I've already poked around fairly extensively on the Web (Wikipedia, Google searches) and looked at some books from the library, but unfortunately I haven't been able to find anything relating both topics -- in all the searches I've done, various combinations of Asperger/autism/related terms and transsexuality/gender dysphoria/related terms haven't come up with anything. And the first question sort of falls into the realm of those "little details" that don't have a solid-fact answer, but rather a "well, the way I see it..." sort of answer. In any case, if anyone has any ideas, I would love to hear.

With that said. I'm here for help on a story I'm writing in which the main character is a FtM transsexual, and has Asperger's syndrome. I have no trouble portraying the trans aspect, as I am trans myself; however, I don't have AS. What I'm wondering is this -- does anybody have any idea how the "lack of understanding of social communication & norms/emotional cues" part of AS would impact the character's experience of gender dysphoria?

On a second note, another question, this time more specifically about Asperger's -- I've done a fair deal of research, as I said, and from what I gather people with Asperger's have difficulty grasping sarcasm/humour/etc. Would a person with AS be completely unlikely to utilize sarcasm in his/her own speech?<-- *grins* Answered pretty unanimously! Looks like I was completely off on this one, which is actually nice to know. Thanks to everyone who responded!

Thanks in advance for any help!
Tags: ~psychology & psychiatry: autism, ~transgender
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