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A committee of the Kansas Republican Party voted on 2018-FEB-17 to take a position that many people might regard as internally conflicting:
to "oppose all efforts to validate transgender identity,"
recognizing the dignity of persons who are are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender. 1
That statement is somewhat confusing, because many will feel that recognizing "the dignity of persons who are... transgender," is tightly linked to a validation of their transgender identity.
The committee is composed of about 180 delegates. It includes Republican representatives from each of the state's congressional districts, elected state party officials, and leaders of groups affiliated with the state Republican Party.
The resolution, titled: "Regarding Human Sexual Identity," was proposed by committee member Eric Teetsel. He is also president of the Family Policy Alliance of Kansas. It is the Kansas affiliate of the Family Research Council (FRC). The Southern Poverty Law Center has repeatedly declared the FRC to be a U.S. anti-LGBT "hate group."
Teetsel sincerely believes that:
"... ultimately, an ideology that says you can determine your own gender identity is broken and it’s going to lead to a lot of pain, and that’s why it’s important to bring us back to what we know to be true and good."
"God’s design for gender as [sic] determined by biological sex and not by self-perception."
He also said:
Ultimately, we are motivated by love. It is concern for the well-being of others that drives us to seek out what is true and not just for society, but for them personally."
Equality Kansas said it was:
"... incredibly disappointed" that Kansas Republicans had promoted "such an undignified and crass assault."
Equality Kansas' director Tom Witt issued a statement, saying:
"This is a cheap election year attack by Sam Brownback's son-in-law, and yet another attempt to dehumanize those who do not fit inside the narrow world view of Brownback, his family, and his wing of the Republican party."
About sex and gender identification:
Biological sex is typically determined in newborns by the shape of a person's body, particularly of their sexual organs. This is immediately recorded on the newborn's birth certificate.
Alternately it is sometimes defined by the sexual chromosome(s) in the person's DNA. Persons with a "Y" chromosome -- e.g. XY, or occasionally XXY, etc. are considered males; persons without a Y chromosome -- e.g. XX or rarely X0, are considered females. Analysis of newborns' DNA requires a special medical test and is rarely performed on babies at birth.
According to the Kansas resolution, transgender persons choose their own gender identity as being different from their birth-identified sex. However, researchers have determined that this is not accurate. Internal structures have recently been found in human brains that are sexually dimorphic. That is, the structures are of typically of different sizes and different neuron densities in men's and women's brains.
Most transgender females were identified at birth as male. Later in life, they identify as female and have brain structures that are typical of females. Their brain responds to different hormonal substances in the air as biological females do, not like biological males do.
Most transgender males were identified at birth as female. Later in life, they identify as male and have have brain structures that are typical of males. They respond to different hormonal substances in the air as biological males do, not like biological females do.
Thus it appears that transgender individuals do not decide what their gender identity is. Rather, the structures in their brains decide their gender for them, and force their gender identity upon them.
Transgender children, sometimes as early as their third birthday, realize that their gender identity differs from their birth-identified gender. Many of them will later revert, for unknown reasons, and become cisgender. However, some retain their gender identity throughout their life and remain transgender.
The Kansas' committee resolution also opposes efforts to use surgical techniques and/or hormones to alter an persons’s body to match their biological sex to their "perceived gender identity." If the committee is able to reach these goals, they would probably have serious negative ramifications. Transgender individuals often suffer from gender dysphoria. This is emotional distress caused by the conflict among their birth-identified sex, their bodies, and their gender identity. It often causes a very high level of distress. Over 40% of transgender persons attempt to commit suicide at least once during their lifetime.
In contrast, the Human Rights Campaign, a pro-LGBT support group, recommends that a child be seriously considered to be transgender if they are:
"... consistent, insistent, and persistent about their transgender identity. In other words, if your 4-year-old son wants to wear a dress or says he wants to be a girl once or twice, he probably is not transgender. But if your child who was assigned male at birth repeatedly insists over the course of several months that she is a girl, then she is probably transgender. Naturally, there are endless variations in the ways that children express themselves, so the best option if you think your child might be transgender is to consult a gender therapist."
Medical professionals specializing in transgender youths sometimes recommend that they:
Take puberty blocking medications early in their teen years to prevent or delay puberty and its effects,
Optionally undergo gender confirmation surgery in their late teens, and
Take injections of hormones to to make their bodies more closely match those of their gender identity.
If the committee resolution is carried out, then transgender persons may not longer have access to these treatments in Kansas. That would probably increase their gender dysphoria considerably. Their rate of suicide may increase significantly. The Republican Committee then would have blood on their hands.
2018-JAN-28: Devon, UK trans woman is considered "not welcome in church" by some members:
Yve Taylor is a male-to-female transgender person. She was named "Keith" at birth, and adopted her name "Yve" when she transitioned to female as an adult. She is a member of the Church of England (Episcopal, Anglican) church and hopes to become a vicar some day. A vicar is one type of parish priest.
She has not been well received by some church members. She has been accused of being "the devil's daughter," of "not being loved by God," and of eventually "going to Hell." She said:
"I've lost everything in my life, because of my gender identity and because of my transition."
Yve Taylor, Canon Mike Williams, and Andrea Williams of Christian Concern give contrasting beliefs about transgender persons generally in this BBC News video:
Andrea Williams said:
"They are living a life based upon a reality that is not a biological truth. It is a delusion. It is very sad. But actually for the church to buy into that delusion and then to propogate that delusion, to expect a congregation of people -- to expect children in that congregation --- to believe in something that actally isn't biologically or theologically true --- is not kind; it is not good; it is not true; it is not compassionate; it is not biblical." 4
Yve has now working as the floor supervisor at Exeter Cathedral in the city of Exeter, Devon, in South West England. It was founded in the year 1400 CE. This is the first step towards her goal of becoming a vicar.
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
Jonathan Shorman & Hunter Woodall, "Kansas GOP votes to ‘oppose all efforts to validate transgender identity’," The Witchita Eagle, 2018-MAR-02, at: http://www.kansas.com/
David Demirbilek, "Southern Poverty Law Center repeats ‘hate group’ claim about Family Research Council," The Daily Caller, 2012-SEP-13, at: http://dailycaller.com/
"Transgender Children & Youth: Understanding the Basics," Human Rights Campaign, 2018, at: https://www.hrc.org/