A Christian, intra-religious translating dictionary
Gender identity terms & concepts
About gender identity:
The vast majority of people:
|Identify themselves as either male or female.|
|Have genitalia that is clearly either male or female.|
|Have either a XX chromosome or a XY chromosome in every cell of their body
indicating maleness or femaleness.|
Further, the vast majority of people are cisgendered:
|The gender that they identify themselves as matches their genitalia and
chromosomes. Some feel themselves to be a female, do have female internal and
external sex organs, and do have XX chromosomes in cells throughout their body.
Others feel themselves to be a male, do have male external sex organs, and do have XY chromosomes in cells throughout they body.
However, in rare circumstances, people will identify themselves as being of
one gender, while their genitalia and chromosomes point to the other gender.
They are often referred to as transgender or transsexual. Their condition is
often referred to as gender dysphoria or gender identity disorder.
Some will describe having a permanent feeling of being a woman trapped in a
man's body, or vice versa. This is sometimes described as having a male brain in
a female body, or vice-versa. They can become profoundly depressed. Their
death rate was once estimated at 50% by the age of 30 -- usually by suicide. However, sexual reassignment surgery and/or hormone treatments have made many transsexuals closer in appearance to the gender with which they identify. The success of these treatmenets appear to have drastically reduced the suicide rate -- at least for persons who have the finances to afford the treatments.
that therapy, counseling, and/or prayer have a zero success rate at resolving
their internal conflict.
|Common evangelical usage of term and
||Usage by others *
||"Gender identity disorder"
||"Confusion" implies uncertainty; "identity" implies certainty..
|Gender is determined at birth, by the person's DNA and
||Gender is normally determined at birth. However, for transsexuals, gender is determined later in life.
||The difference generates a great deal of confusion, and makes
|Gender is immutable
||Gender can change.
|Gender is determined by objective criteria: genitalia and
||Gender is determined by subjective criteria -- the person's
|A male is a person with male genitalia and XY chromosomes
||A male is a person who identifies themselves to be male.
|A female is a person with female genitalia and XX chromosomes
||A female is a person who identifies themselves to be female.
|Resolution is by changing gender identity to bring it into
harmony with genetic gender via prayer and therapy
||Resolution is by changing physical appearance to bring it into
line with gender identity via hormones and, optionally, surgery.
||There is essentially no room for compromise between these two
|A transsexual who was identified as male at the time of birth and who transitions to female remains a male
||A transsexual who was identified as male at the time of birth and who transitions to female is a female and is referred to as a female.
||The two practices depend upon whether gender is defined genetically or by gender identity.
|A transsexual who was identified as female at the time of birth and who transitions to male remains a female
||A transsexual who was identified as female at the time of birth and who transitions to male is a male and is referred to as a male.
|A transsexual who was identified as female at the time of birth and who transitions to male and is sexually attracted to women is a lesbian -- a person with a homosexual orientation.
||A transsexual who was identified as female at the time of birth and who transitions to male and is sexually attracted to women is a heterosexual.
||This is where things get a bit confusing.
|A transsexual who was identified as male at the time of birth and who transitions to female and is sexually attracted to men is gay -- with a homosexual orientation.
||A transsexual who was identified as male at the time of birth and who transitions to female and is sexually attracted to women is a lesbian.
Things really get confusing when one considers which marriages involving a transsexual are same-sex marriages and which are opposite-sex marriages.
* "Others" include most mental health professionals,
transgender persons, transsexuals, gays, lesbians,
bisexuals, religious liberals, etc.
Copyright © 2009 to 2011 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Originally written: 2009-JAN-15
Latest update and review: 2011-APR-18
Author: B.A. Robinson