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Autism-LGBT Association Strengthens
Pride Flag Upgraded with Infinity Symbol to Recognize "Neurodiversity"
By Peter A. McCullough, MD, MPH
As the data continue to lead to inferences that the runaway epidemic of autism is driving the proclivity for gender change among young persons, we are seeing signs of social confirmation. A tweet by Valentino Vecchietti caught my eye with the creation of a colorful pride flag with the tipped infinity symbol to recognize “neurodiversity” likely to mean autism spectrum disorder and its family of ESSENCE disorders. The infinity symbol for autism was created by the Autism Society in 1999. The symbol represents the infinite potential of individuals with autism, as well as their limitless possibilities and abilities.
Gillberg indicates that “ESSENCE refers to Early Symptomatic Syndromes Eliciting Neurodevelopmental Clinical Examinations. It is a term I have coined to refer to the reality of children (and their parents) presenting in clinical settings with impairing child symptoms before age 3 (-5) years in the fields of (a) general development, (b) communication and language, (c) social inter-relatedness, (d) motor coordination, (e) attention, (f) activity, (g) behaviour, (h) mood, and/or (i) sleep. Children with major difficulties in one or more (usually several) of these fields, will be referred to and seen by health visitors, nurses, social workers, education specialists, pediatricians, GPs, speech and language therapists, child neurologists, child psychiatrists, psychologists, neurophysiologists, dentists, clinical geneticists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists, but, usually they will be seen only by one of these specialists, when they would have needed the input of two or more of the experts referred to. Major problems in at least one ESSENCE domain before age 5 years often signals major problems in the same or overlapping domains years later.”
It appears there is a pathophysiological as well as sociological association between autism and LGBT gender fluidity. Young persons, parents and all those involved should be aware of this co-affinity as humanity attempts to deal with the explosive epidemic of autism enveloping gen Z.
Gillberg C. The ESSENCE in child psychiatry: Early Symptomatic Syndromes Eliciting Neurodevelopmental Clinical Examinations. Res Dev Disabil. 2010 Nov-Dec;31(6):1543-51. doi: 10.1016/j.ridd.2010.06.002. Epub 2010 Jul 14. PMID: 20634041.