Transgender Isn’t Transsexual
Updated: Jan 2
“Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.” (Colossians 2:8, NLT)
The current philosophy surrounding transgenderism is part of the “high-sounding nonsense” the Bible warned against. It has so infused the culture today that the US Supreme Court is now deciding a case whether the 1964 Civil Rights Acts prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex means “male” and “female,” or whether it means whatever an individual defines one’s “sex” to be. (Currently, there are over 90 officially recognized genders in America, and Facebook even gives you the choice of more than 70 genders you can choose on your personal profile.)
The support for choosing one’s gender has now reached the point where hormone blockers are being prescribed for pre-pubescent children who might be “suffering” from “gender dysphoria.” (Societally, we do not believe seven or ten-year-olds mature enough to make decisions about their education or about operating machinery, but somehow we think they are mature enough to make medical decisions about changing their biology?)
This is genuinely disturbing because, as endocrinologist Dr. Michael Laidlaw explained:
“It has been shown that puberty blockers interfere with the expected increase in bone density in adolescence such that the bones are not as strong as they would be had normal pubertal development been allowed.
This is due to the effect of dropping sex hormone levels to subnormal levels. These lost years of bone development cannot be regained [emphasis added].”
Significantly, several individuals who experienced various gender reassignment procedures filed a brief with the Supreme Court in this current case, urging the Court to interpret the word “sex” as referring solely to the biological male/female binary and not extend the definition to include transgenderism.
They reveal that they suffered irreparable harm because their gender confusion was affirmed through surgeries and medical procedures that left them permanently damaged.
While gender dysphoria is a diagnosable condition, treating it is not the same as redefining biological reality to perpetuate a myth. Gender reassignment surgery leaves scars that are irreversible. But most importantly, we should never compromise the integrity of scientific research for the sake of political correctness.
Philippians 4:8 urges:
“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things.”
As Christians, we must pursue truth and fight for it. The distinction between X and Y chromosomes is an indisputable biological and scientific truth that must not be ceded in our courts of law, lest finders-of-fact become finders-of-opinion and we therefore subjugate our legal process to the ever-changing whims of social politics.
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1 Lawrence Hurley, “Gay, transgender rights in spotlight as U.S. Supreme Court returns,” Reuters (October 6, 2019), https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-lgbt/gay-transgender-rights-in-spotlight-as-u-s-supreme-court-returns-idUSKCN1WL07F
2 Rhiannon Williams, “Facebook’s 71 gender options come to UK users,” The Telegraph, June 27, 2014 (at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/facebook/10930654/Facebooks-71-gender-options-come-to-UK-users.html).
3 Priyanka Boghani, “When Transgender Kids Transition, Medical Risks are Both Known and Unknown,” Frontline (June 30, 2015), https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/when-transgender-kids-transition-medical-risks-are-both-known-and-unknown/
4 Jane Robbins, “Why Puberty Blockers Are A Clear Danger To Children’s Health” The Federalist (December 14, 2018), https://thefederalist.com/2018/12/14/puberty-blockers-clear-danger-childrens-health/
5 Gregory H. Teufel, “Brief Of Walt Heyer, Jamhe Story Hasie Shupe, Linda Seiler, Hacsi Horvath, Clifton Francis Burleigh, Jr., Laura Perry, Jeffrey Johnston, Jeffrey McCall and Kathy Grace Duncan As Amici Curiae In Support Of Petitioner,” Supreme Court of the United States (August 23, 2019) ,https://www.supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/18/18-107/113528/20190824011904782_18-107%20Amicus%20Brief%20of%20Walt%20Heyer%20et%20al..pdf
6 Cecilia Dhejne, et al.”Long-Term Follow-Up of Transsexual Persons Undergoing Sex Reassignment Surgery: Cohort Study in Sweden,” PLOS (February 22, 2011) https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0016885