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For Christians, the starting point has often been the binary division of Genesis 1:27, ‘So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.’ That works well enough for most of us, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that there is a significant minority of the population who don’t fall neatly into the clear-cut categories of male/female (sex) or masculine/feminine (gender), just as we realised some time ago that hetero/homo were far too reductionist labels to classify the full breadth of human sexuality.
Gender fluidity is a relatively new idea used to convey the sense that gender identity is not fixed, but can change along a spectrum of masculine-feminine and encompass elements of both genders.
Gender dysphoria is the distress associated with a mismatch between biological sex and gender identity – the sense of being in the wrong body.
Body dysmorphia is a separate condition, characterised by strong feelings that the body is flawed and must be hidden or corrected, sometimes by extreme means. The two conditions are occasionally conflated but typically treated separately, since they have distinct characteristics and respond to different treatment.
Transgender is a term used of a broad range of gender identity issues, lifestyles and conditions.
Transsexual relates specifically to those who wish to or have transitioned from one biological gender to another via medical (hormonal and surgical) means.
Whilst the press coverage has recently spiked, the idea has been out there in the mainstream for decades – at least as early as 1970, when the Kinks’ Ray Davies walked into a bar in Old Soho and struck up an acquaintance with Lola (a song inspired by a real-life encounter experienced by the band’s manager). A couple of years later Lou Reed took a Walk on the Wild Side and unpacked a few elements of queer subculture in terms that most rock fans would find more enlightening and challenging than they were quite ready for.
The movement to normalize transgenderism continues to target children, this time with a website that sells genital prosthetics for children who suffer from gender dysphoria and identify as transgender. (Of course, the site makes no mention of gender dysphoria because that would mean it has to admit that transgenderism is merely a symptom of a psychological problem.) According to the TransKids website, the site is “a safe and affirming place where helping your kids live fully and embodied is our only goal.”
The website for the company explains that Transkids.biz seeks to provide a “space dedicated to providing young folks with gender expression gear and resources.” The online store sells garments and prosthetics designed for young children between ages eight and 13. It also sells transgender children’s books like A Girl Like Any Other and Backwards Day. The site also features a “Book Suggestions” section that recommends readers read books such as Who are you? The Kid’s Guide to Gender Identity, Be Who You Are, Are You a Boy or a Girl? and I am Jazz.
According to The Daily Wire, the company is affiliated with FTM Essentials, an online store for biological women who identify as men, and its parent company is an erotica shop in Chicago called Early to Bed.
The Daily Wire notes the site’s cavalier approach to the prosthetics, with descriptions that are akin to those you would find for a pair of slacks on any clothing website. Take, for example, the description for the “Masho Packer” prosthetic penis, described as “much requested from Japan” available in “limited quantities.” The site continues, “This smallish prosthetic is angled downward for a more realistic and less ‘outstanding’ package. While designed for adults, this is one of the smaller packers on the market.”
The language on the site is quite vulgar at times. In describing its smaller prosthetic penises — the “Mini” and the “Teeny Tiny” — the site makes crude references to the average size of male genitalia for both adolescent and teen boys:
While most trans boys don’t start packing until they are teens or older, sometimes young kids want to have a prosthetic and what is on the market is really just too big for most folks under 10 years old. So our friends who make our Silicone Packers came up with a mini version for young and/or smaller kids. Now these may look “too” tiny to some, but we think these are pretty accurate in their overall size. That said, they are a scaled down version of a larger Packer, so the proportion is not what you might see attached to an AMAB [“assigned male at birth”] kid.
Other items for sale include “STPs” — an acronym for “stand-to-pee” devices, The Blaze reports. These are designed for children who were “assigned female at birth” (by failing to have a Y chromosome?) and want to urinate while standing.
And for those who lack imagination, the website actually includes photos of the prosthetic items.
The site seems to have removed its “gender expression gear,” though the site assures its customers that the move is temporary. Whether this is because of the notoriety created by the site’s coverage in conservative outlets is unclear. The site includes the following vague note, which does little to explain the disappearance of the products covered in The Daily Wire and The Blaze stories:
NOTE: We are currently on a break from selling our Gender Expression Gear. We apologize for the inconvenience to the supportive parents helping their kids live their authentic self. We are not closing shop or going away, we are just taking [a] little vacation.
Meanwhile, critics opine over the long-term psychological effects that sites such as TransKids.biz and LGBTQ activism to normalize transgenderism in general will have on children who suffer from gender dysphoria. A number of psychology experts have already found that children who display gender dysphoric behavior tend to outgrow the behaviors before they reach adulthood.
The Daily Wire sites one such example: A 2014 paper by Columbia University’s Jack Drescher and Jack Pula entitled “Ethical issues raised by the treatment of gender-variant prepubescent children,” and published in The Hastings Center Report, which found that “gender dysphoria in childhood does not inevitably continue into adulthood, and only 6 to 23 percent of boys and 12 to 27 percent of girls treated in gender clinics showed persistence of their gender dysphoria into adulthood. Further, most of the boys’ gender dysphoria desisted, and in adulthood, they identified as gay rather than as transgender.”
A 2016 report published in The New Atlantis journal determined that not only is transgenderism unsupported by science, but the diagnosis and treatment for gender dysphoria in children found in the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is flawed.
“Children are a special case when addressing transgender issues. Only a minority of children who experience cross-gender identification will continue to do so into adolescence or adulthood,” the report stated.
“There is little scientific evidence for the therapeutic value of interventions that delay puberty or modify the secondary sex characteristics of adolescents, although some children may have improved psychological well-being if they are encouraged and supported in their cross-gender identification,” wrote the researchers. “There is no evidence that all children who express gender-atypical thoughts or behavior should be encouraged to become transgender.”
The report argued that enabling acceptance of transgenderism through medical intervention is particularly harmful. “An area of particular concern involves medical interventions for gender-nonconforming youth. They are increasingly receiving therapies that affirm their felt genders, and even hormone treatments or surgical modifications at young ages,” the authors observed.
This observation is supported by a position statement released by the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) in 2016 entitled “Gender Ideology Harms Children,” in which the writers observed that any policies that foster the belief that gender dysphoria is anything beyond a psychological problem are in fact harmful.
The authors of that position statement made several scientific observations, including that human sexuality “is an objective biological binary trait.” Children who use hormones to attempt to mimic a sex that is not their own have a number of dangerous physical and mental risks, the position statement advised, adding that “conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful” can be classified as child abuse.
And yet sites such as transkids.biz continue to move forward with an agenda that is harmful to children because being “woke” is more important.
Gender in the Bible
The first text usually cited in discussion of biblical orthodoxy on gender is Genesis 5:2: ‘He created them male and female and blessed them.’ Many would say that gender identity is decided from the moment of conception, and we can’t choose to change our gender at will. Catholic theologian Christopher West writes on his blog, corproject.com, ‘What does it mean – really – to speak of “true gender identity” and to express it “in an authentic way”? According to Christ, the answers can only be found by returning to God’s original purpose for making us male and female before the confusion of sin obscured it. Only by doing so can we save the term “gender” from the insanity of a world untethered from reality.
Transgender – a person who experiences a mismatch between their gender identity and assigned sex. Some may refer to this as third gender.
Cisgender – a person whose self-identity conforms with the gender that corresponds to their biological sex; i.e. they are not transgender.
Gender dysphoria – the psychological condition in which a person feels distress because their body does not align with the gender they identify with.
Transsexual – a person who has made or will make a medical transition, including hormone therapy and sexual reassignment therapy, in order to realign their body with the gender they identify with.
Transvestite – wears the clothes traditionally associated with the opposite sex; may be more committed to doing so than a cross-dresser.
Pansexual or Omnisexual – may be attracted to people of any gender or orientation.
Polysexual – similar to above, but with a firmer theoretical rejection of the concept of gender being binary.
Gender fluid – a sense that gender identity is not tied to one gender or another; an individual may choose to change gender at their will.
‘Contrary to widespread secular insistence, a person’s gender is not a malleable social construct. While certain societal roles conventionally limited to one or the other gender can and should be challenged, gender itself, as the root of the word indicates, is determined by our genitals…’ West’s subsequent view is that ‘A de-gendered society is bound to de-generate.’
Others believe things are not quite so straightforward. What of those who are intersex, or who face gender dysphoria? Jenny-Anne Bishop is a Christian who has transitioned from male to female and chairs a Manchester-based support and discussion group for transgender people. She has wrestled with her faith and application of the Bible to her life. ‘Over time, going to the church I go to, I came to an understanding through prayer and reading the scriptures that God says, “Be yourself.” Matthew 19:12 says: “For there are eunuchs who were born that way, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others – and there are those who choose to live like eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven.” [An angel sent Philip] to convert the eunuch – not to change him, but to baptise him. In a way it’s a bit like being trans – going from male to female.’
Jenny-Anne cites two passages commonly used to argue that Jesus spent time with, and did not judge, eunuchs – representing those who fall outside of gender norms. However, a more conservative interpretation of the Matthew text, taken for example by Mark A Yarhouse, author of Understanding Gender Dysphoria (IVP), is that ‘those who make themselves eunuchs’ in this text ‘almost certainly refers to those who choose not to marry (rather than suggesting they were castrating themselves).’ Are we guilty of misapplying such verses to modern categories such as transgenderism?
Sex reassignment surgery
What of the decision for sex reassignment surgery (SRS), which can involve hormone replacement therapy and an array of reconstructive genital operations? Could this be a move towards the essence of who a person was created to be – or is it a step away from God’s intention for an individual? Passages commonly cited in argument against such procedures are 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, and Deuteronomy 22:5 and 23:1.
Rev Dr Sean Doherty, co-founder of Living Out and author of The Only Way is Ethics (Authentic) believes we must allow a reading of Genesis 1-3 to shape our view on gender dysphoria, and the possibility of subsequent surgery. Doherty sees gender dysphoria as one of the many consequences of the Fall. ‘None of us are the way that God intended. I might be cisgender, but my gender identity is also fallen – what it means to be a man in a fallen world is not what God intended either,’ he says.
‘The big challenge is, “How do we respond to our fallenness?” I am not convinced that…surgical interventions are necessarily the right response for people…The reason I’m unsure is that if someone’s gender identity does not match with their physical body, our culture treats our gender identity as what really defines us, rather than our physical sex. But one of the wonderful things that shines through Genesis 1 and 2 is that our physical bodies are “very good”.’
Doherty believes it is usually better ‘to seek an integration of body and identity which honours and cherishes the person’s body as it already is, rather than imposing upon it’. However, he points out that, ‘Of course many trans people have tried incredibly hard to do that before they seek more invasive help.’
Loving the hurting
Suicide rates among transgender people are ten times higher than for non-transgender people. It’s a shocking statistic. Many who have transitioned via SRS say their lives have been immeasurably improved. However, Walt Heyer, who transitioned from male to female – and then, having become a Christian, made the transition back to his original birth gender, says that the suicide rate among those who have had SRS is not necessarily lower than those who do not make the physical transition. On his blog sexchangeregret.com he cites a 2010 survey showing that, in the US, 41% of transgender people who have had sex-change surgery have attempted suicide. SRS, he says, is not the answer.
Views on SRS aside, how can we, as the Church, effectively love those who are experiencing gender dysphoria?
‘Churches like to gather people who are like them…we need to open our minds to being more welcoming to all kinds of people,’ says Stephanie, a Christian who transitioned from male to female in 1979. ‘I don’t remember Christ actually rejecting anyone who came to him and asked him for help. There are small Christian groups of trans people out there who have been badly burned through being in a church. We as Christians need to examine our own motives about why are we rejecting people…all I know is that God never rejected anybody and the Word tells me that he wants everyone to be saved: Everyone.’
Writing in Premier Youthwork magazine (November 2015) Rev Rachel Mann, a male to female transgender vicar, advised: ‘Perhaps the single most important thing to remember is that…trans people are, ultimately, people…Trans people of all ages are often seen through a lens that treats us as curiosities, freaks or alien people.
‘Churches must push against this…no one wants to be sensationalized…Churches ought to be modeling a different kind of response.’
Mann also says that when talking to a transgender person, we need to be mindful of simple factors such as ‘…respecting the chosen names and gender pronouns of a trans person…If in doubt, ask what the person prefers. Equally, the vast majority of trans people do not wish to broadcast their former first name…please do not consider it appropriate to ask, “What is your real name then?”’
Caroline Farrow, speaker, blogger and columnist for the Catholic Universe, says that while she cannot endorse sex change for those battling gender dysphoria, a pastoral response must include listening, dialogue and offering understanding to transgender people. ‘My position on transgenderism is that it is not within God’s plan for humanity; it’s not what he desires for humankind, but I wouldn’t say that those people who transition are willfully rejecting God. Many of them are Christians of good heart and good faith…I might disagree with the course of action they have taken. Pope Francis put it really well when he said, “If the person is of good heart and is seeking God, who am I to judge?”’, she says.
‘I would say, “This is not what God wants for you”, but I wouldn’t condemn them as a sinner…’
Trans people are, ultimately, people
Doherty also emphasises that it is ‘hugely important to have honest and open discussions rather than to brush big issues like this under the carpet’. ‘In any group of young people there will probably be people who will at some point experience gender dysphoria so a respectful and caring discussion could make all the difference in terms of them feeling accepted, and could help them open up about how they feel,’ he says. ‘I heard about a church youth group recently where a young person wanted to move from their boys’ group to their girls’ group. The youth leaders were nervous about how the young people would respond but they didn’t mind at all, they just got on with it!’
At the start of 2016, Christy Wimber, senior pastor of Yorba Linda Vineyard Church, US, watched the much-acclaimed film The Danish Girl. Reflecting on it, she says: ‘The groaning in this film…was a picture of the Apostle Paul in the book of Romans clearly reminding us that all of creation waits; all of creation is groaning to be restored. There are broken places in each of us…’
As we approach the complex issue of transgender we do well, as Wimber reminds us, to remember that each of us is broken, groaning and waiting for restoration in Christ. And while we wait, we are called to love every individual indiscriminately – whether they go by ‘he’ or ‘she’. Source
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In a blatant example of Newspeak, the New World Order controllers (through the psychiatric DSM V) have tried to rename pedophiles as “minor-attracted persons” and redefine pedophilia as a “sexual orientation”. This makes no sense, since sexual orientation has to do with gender not age, with whether you are attracted to males or females, not how old they are. There are even organizations (like B4UAct.org) which are claiming that pedophiles are being unfairly stigmatized for their feelings! Psychiatry, it should also be noted, has a history of inventing fictitious diseases such as ADHD (as admitted by its inventor on his deathbed by Leon Eisenberg).
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