The topic of transgenderism is rampant. Parents are certainly in a dilemma about what path to choose: Support it and all its ramifications, ignore it as much as possible, or take a stand against it. We’ll look at some information I’ve come across, and hope it will give personal resolve as to the right approach in your family.
I wrote in my “Back-to-School: Getting Ready” post about a Minnesota school district providing sex change treatment for a seventeen-year-old male student without informing the mother.
There is a lawsuit ongoing in Florida about a transgender teen using the name “Drew” who was born female, and transitioned the summer before his freshman year. Drew was going to school as a boy for the first time. It also meant using the boys’ bathroom. But school officials barred him from the boys’ bathroom. Drew, now 16, said he has missed class trekking to the unisex bathrooms.
Has your child expressed the feeling of being a sex different from that to which the physical attributes attest? Or wants to act on those feelings by becoming transgender? We hear about it so often now, we are tempted to take it as something that is “natural.” It isn’t.
The American Psychiatric Association calls those uncomfortable-in-their-biological-sex feelings “gender dysphoria” and states that gender dysphoria is a mental disorder. This dysfunction was previously known in the psychiatric community as Gender Identity Disorder (GIC). On their website explaining gender dysphoria it says:
While some children express feelings and behaviors relating to gender dysphoria at 4 years old or younger, many may not express feelings and behaviors until puberty or much later. For some children, when they experience puberty, they suddenly find themselves unable to identify with their own body. Some adolescents become unable to shower or wear a bathing suit and/or undertake self-harm behaviors.
And in the Treatment section it says:
A child’s treatment typically involves a multi-disciplinary team of health care professionals . . . Treatment may focus primarily on affirming psychological support, understanding feelings and coping with distress, and giving children a safe space to articulate their feelings. For many children the feelings do not continue into adolescence and adulthood. (Emphasis added.)
Dr. Michelle Cretella, President of The America College of Pediatricians, equates promoting a transgender lifestyle with child abuse. Watch an interview with Tucker Carlson, and read a full article of Dr. Cretella’s as it appeared in The Daily Signal.
Among her statements Dr. Cretella says:
Even the American Psychological Association’s Handbook of Sexuality and Psychology admits that prior to the widespread promotion of transition affirmation, 75 to 95 percent of pre-pubertal children who were distressed by their biological sex eventually outgrew that distress. The vast majority came to accept their biological sex by late adolescence after passing naturally through puberty. (Emphasis added.)
Dr. Cretella also emphasized that “By 30 years following [sex reassignment] surgery the completed suicide rate was nearly 20 times that of the general population.” (Emphasis added.)
Those are a few of the medical and psychological facts—but what is a Christian to think of it when applying the Word of God? Focus on the Family, in a Position statement, says:
Not only do male and female together reflect the image of God, but their coming together in a marriage relationship to bring forth new life is used in Scripture as the deepest and most intimate analogy of God’s relationship with His people. Throughout both Testaments, God and His people are portrayed as husband and wife or as a groom and bride. The creation account found in Genesis lays out this gender-based, matrimonial picture and sets the stage for the final, eternal union of God and His people — of Christ and His bride — described in the book of Revelation.
Focus on the Family has also prepared a great free resource titled “When Transgender Issues Enter Your World: How Christians can respond with compassion, courage and truth.”
In Deuteronomy 22:5 (NIV) God says: “A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the Lord your God detests anyone who does this.” I looked up a number commentaries on this passage, and although there were some differing opinions most agreed with that written by Paul Kretzmann, Ph.D., D.D., in his Popular Commentary of the Bible, Old Testament, Volume 1. He said: “The vessels and clothing referred to include all the special articles of wear and use peculiar to the one or the other sex; for the Lord did not want the children of Israel to ignore the difference of the sexes, as it had been fixed in creation.” Over the years, “The Kretzmann Commentary” has been widely received and praised for its simple, clear explanation of the Bible in language easily understood by lay readers of the Bible.
So there you have medical opinions, psychiatric opinions, and Christian opinions. Now what you believe, how you talk to your kids, how you react in your community is up to you. Pray to the Lord for guidance and strength. Please let me and others know how you will use this information.