Commentary on “Gender disorders in learning disabilities – a systematic review”

David Thompson (Specialist nurse: safeguarding adults, based at Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK)

Tizard Learning Disability Review

ISSN: 1359-5474

Publication date: 30 September 2014



The purpose of this paper is to explore the gender identity of people with learning disabilities as a precursor to considerations of gender dysphoria.


Discussion supported by illustrations from the literature.


There is limited research on gender identity for people with learning disabilities.

Practical implications

There is an urgent need to look at how men with Klinefelter's syndrome and learning disabilities are supported in relation to common female sexual characteristics.


This is personal perspective on gender and people with learning disabilities which may support work with people who question their gender.



Thompson, D. (2014), "Commentary on “Gender disorders in learning disabilities – a systematic review”", Tizard Learning Disability Review, Vol. 19 No. 4, pp. 166-169.

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