Transexuality is certainly a hot topic in the news. There is broad debate about whether transexual athletes should be allowed to compete in women’s sports. There is debate about the use of gender specific bathrooms and locker rooms. There is certainly a debate about health care for individuals who have sexual dysphoria. There is even debate about how to refer to them and what pronouns to use.
How does this happen to an individual? Even the answer to this question is debated. It is scientifically evident that our sex is found both in our DNA and in the reproductive systems of our bodies. A very small percentage of people are born sexually ambiguous. The narrative that is advanced by the transexual community, however, advances the idea that gender is fluid. Which means that our gender is actually determined by our psychological make-up and that this make-up can change. This can lead to a conflict between what a person’s body tells them and what their mind tells them. Which source is wrong?
It is fairly easy to understand the routes that lead to sexual dysphoria. One occurs at an early age of psychological development. Children don’t understand the difference between boys and girls initially. Children understand what they like. Some naturally gravitate to activities that fit societies’ sexual stereotypes; others do not. If a boy, for example, enjoys activities that are normally girl activities; the people around him may suggest or support the idea that he is a girl and should be a girl. Similarly, if a child sees that a certain gender is treated better in their family, they may wish to be that gender, and begin to identify that way. With this route of sexual dysphoria, puberty usually corrects the dissonance. Parents need to continue to acknowledge their child’s body’s sexuality, but not demand a narrow definition of how that gender should behave or what they must be interested in.
A more difficult and perhaps more common route to dysphoria is through abuse. If a child is verbally, physically, or sexually abused because of his or her gender, then that person may identify with the opposite gender as a means of emotional and physical self-defense. Understanding what has happened psychologically once that person is in a safe place is key to curing the dysphoria.
Are there people born with ambiguity with respect to gender? The answer is “yes”. Both malformations of the chromosomes and genitalia exist. So do children born with hormone disorders that create ambiguous looking genitalia. While these conditions exist, they do not necessarily result in sexual dysphoria. In these cases alone, surgical or hormonal intervention may be necessary.
This description makes transexuality seem like a physical or psychological health issue. Indeed, that is what it primarily is, and how it should be treated. The sin comes primarily with the acceptance of the false ideology that has developed. Our sexual identity comes from the body that God has given and not from our wounds or societal norms. It is not a matter of choice, like the color of our hair. Denying what we are physically and attempting to impose a new identity via surgery and hormone therapy not only is destined to fail but it will expose a person to long term health problems, like cancer, and never address the true source of the dysphoria. It is both poor stewardship of our body and denial of what we were made to be.
As is also true with homosexuality, the answer vigorously promoted by the LGBTQ+ community provides an explanation of their condition (though false), a community that accepts a person as they are, and an endorsement of their sexual behavior. It is easy to understand the attraction to this. The problem is that is leaves deep psychological wounds unsolved and fools a person into endorsing a behavior that God has identified as sin. This puts a person outside of living in a repentant way. We normalize our sin rather than lay them at the foot of the cross and admit that they are wrong. The eternal consequence then becomes the greatest.