Up until the last number of years, the answer to the title question, does sex equal gender, was an obvious “YES”. However, with the success of the homosexual community’s drive for “protected class” status under the law, that same community has now moved to bring into the fold the “transgender” community. While the number of homosexuals in the population is below 5% by any measure, the transgender community is even smaller at fewer than 1%. This is not to say that merely because a group is a minority they should not be treated appropriately, but rather the amount of attention to the “issue” far exceeds the “problem”.
In order to keep money flowing to “oppressed minority” groups, the homosexual community has now (as mentioned above) co-opted a new group of people. They have enlisted the help of the psychological profession with a subtle change in the classification of the “issue” that transgenders face. Prior to the 1980s, any male or female who believed he or she was the opposite sex was classified as having a gender disorder. Now, however, that diagnosis has been officially changed to gender dysphoria. By eliminating the term “disorder” people with this problem can be considered “confused” rather than needing real help.
In truth, these people do need real help, and not the kind that includes hormone therapy to enhance a chosen gender. In fact, just the opposite. Science is clear that the sex and gender of a child at birth is the one that child will have for the remainder of his or her life, and the body will adapt itself throughout life to maintain that gender, regardless of what treatments are used.
Sadly, many of the people with gender disorder do need serious help, as many of them have experienced childhood trauma, which science indicates may lead to gender confusion. In 2008, a study by Holly Devor, PhD showed that 60% of gender disorder individuals were abused as children. The study also showed that those who suffered abuse had long-term effects of this abuse. There are other studies with similar results both among the transgender and homosexual communities. These studies show gender confusion does not come from being born in the wrong body, but develop after birth.
It is unfortunate that today’s society has chosen to glamorize the issue and to encourage those who have the gender disorder to “come out” as a sex opposite to that which they were born. Such encouragement only leads to additional life-long problems and a significantly higher suicide rate. Additionally, such encouragement has led to parents allowing their male children to begin hormone therapy to prevent the development of puberty. It is now “cool” to be a boy who dresses like a girl or visa-versa. This does not even begin to touch on the other social issues of gender choice bathrooms, locker rooms, or sports activities. All of which have begun to raise their collective “ugly heads”.
Psychologists have known for many years that this mental problem is treatable and there are doctors available to help. Particularly in young people who go through many changes in their early lives counseling and therapy are able, in most cases to solve the problem. Also, as many doctors will tell you, most children grow out of this gender disorder by the time they complete puberty.
The Bible is quite clear on this issue. In Genesis 1:27 we read, “So God created man in His own image; male and female he created them.” Later in Genesis 2:18, “Then the Lord said, it is not good for man to be alone. I will make a helper fit for him”. God defined the roles for both male and female so that they would always be compatible, not interchangeable.
There is real damage to innocent children that can be done by “gender fluidity” and the blurring of roles that God established for men and women. Certainly there are times when a single parent must assume both roles, but that is not God’s plan. God’s plan is for the man to be the spiritual head of the household and the protector of the family, while the woman is to be the caregiver for the family. Both these roles are vital for the survival of the family. Neither one is less valuable than the other.
As Christians we must stand against this trend in society to promote acceptance of gender disorder. It is not now, nor has it ever been, part of God’s plan. Our own children are at risk and need our prayers and our guidance.Tags: gender disorder, gender dysphoria