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Human sexuality topics


Transgender persons & transsexuals:
Their beliefs on gender identity.
The cause(s) of their beliefs.
Are they just confused?
News about trans equality & civil rights.

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The term "LGBT" is an acronym for "Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals,
transgender persons/Transsexuals. Sometimes, additional letters
are added, like "Q" for Queer or questioning, "I" for Intersexual.

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Male to female transgender individual

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About transgender persons and transsexuals:

They are individuals whose current gender identity differs from their birth-identified gender.

  • Most were identified as male at birth and now have a female gender identity.

  • A minority were identified as female at birth and now have a male gender identity.

  • A few identify as having no gender; the term gender has no real meaning to them.

  • A few identify as having an intermediate gender, both male and female.

  • A few alternate between male and female.

When the U.S. Supreme Court legalizated gay marriages throughout the United States in 2015-JUN, much of the focus of the LGBT community switched to attaining equality for transgender persons and transsexuals. Much of the focus of conservative religious and other groups switched to prevent such equality.

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Topics covered in this section:


star A comparison of the three major current religious/secular conflicts : gender identity, abortion access, and sexual orientation:


Transgender/transsexual terms. (It is a bit of a mind-stretching mine field)


star symbol A very brief, less than one minute, explanation of why some people are transgender


star symbol A more complete analysis of the main beliefs about transgender persons and transsexuals


star symbol 2017: Why are some people transgender? The full range of current beliefs described in 7 essays:

bullet Background information:


star More about transgender terms. Photographs, and videos of transgender persons and transsexuals


star Stories of transgender individuals: Kat, a transgender youth. A family with 2 transgender parents. The future of the transgender/transsexual debate.

bullet Additional information about transgender persons, transsexuals, etc.

bullet Understanding the terminology associated with being transgender & transsexual:
bullet 2014-FEB: Facebook changed how members define their gender identity. Contrasting views of gender identity. How there can be dozens of gender identities based on only two genders

bullet More medical information about the possible cause(s) of transsexuality:

bullet star  Beliefs by conservative Christians, medical researchers, etc. about why transsexuals reject their birth-identified gender (2 parts)

bullet Fetal exposure to abnormal androgen levels?

bullet Genetically determined at conception?
bullet Causes of, and cures for, transsexuality according to religious groups:


Beliefs of conservative Protestant groups: Part 1  Part 2

bullet Beliefs of individual Christians

bullet Terms and concepts used by evangelicals

bullet Teachings of the Roman Catholic church: Part 1  Part 2
bullet Bible passages which may impact transgender/transsexual topics

star Estimates of the number of transgender persons in the U.S.

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bullet Transsexuals in history
bullet Transitioning from female to male or vice versa
bullet Transitioning success rates

How a lack of consensus about gender identity harms transgender individuals. Webmaster's rant 

bullet Using medication to delay puberty in transgender pre-teens and teens
bullet Is transsexuality linked to homosexuality?

bullet Involuntary sexual reassignment of infants: Creating transgender persons via surgery

bullet Discrimination against transgender persons & transsexuals:

bullet Resolutions by the American Medical Association and American Psychological Association

bullet Homelessness

bullet Personal stories of success and difficulties transitioning


Discrimination against transgender persons and transsexuals in the military:

  • Part 1: 2011/2012: Overview. Support. Current military policies. Care for veterans.

  • Part 2: 2016: Previous ends to discrimination by the military. Pentagon announces an end to discrimination against transgender members. Negative reactions.

  • Part 3: 2016: More negative reactions to the ending of discrimination. Positive reactions.


Ending employment discrimination due to sexual orientation or gender identity (The federal ENDA bill)


Title IX religious exemptions, religious colleges, and discrimination against the LGBT community


Studies and polls about transgender persons:

bullet Discrimination and lack of protection by US state governments


Acceptance and rejection within religious denominations:

bullet Political and religious conflicts over sexual orientation & gender identity. Are they resolvable?

bullet Anti-discrimination laws across the U.S.


Laws in other countries that oppress or protect LGBT persons

bullet International declarations on the rights of LGBT persons
bullet Glossary of terms relating to transgender persons:

bullet Words beginning with A to S

bullet Words beginning from T to Z

star Conflicts over who should use what public washrooms:

bullet Transsexual information sources:

bullet Web sites.

bullet Reviews of two books selected as recommended books by this web site.

bullet Books for transsexuals, their families, and co-workers.

bullet Biographies, books on transsexuality, books for therapists, etc.

News & major transgender/transsexual developments 2008 until now:

Note: Movement towards equal rights for transgender persons and transsexuals proceeded slowly until mid 2015. That was when religious, political, and social conservatives lost their fight against gay marriage in the U.S. Conservatives then switched their main focus to fighting against transgender equality.

References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
  1. Joyce Bailey, "Trans 101," undated, at:
  2. "Sexual orientation and gender identity definitions," Human Rights Campaign," 2017, at:
  3. Jennifer Brown, "Elsa's Story: Family learns to let girl live as 'truegender'," Denver Post, 2015-JUL-17, at:
  4. Joseph Woo, "Special FAQ on the gender of the fetus," Obstetric Ultrasound, undated, at:
  5. "MYTH #10: Intersex is extremely rare," Intersex Society of North America, 2008, at:
  6. Zachary Green, "Transforming History: Transgender issues today are rooted in a decades-long struggle for inclusion," RetroReport/New York Times, 2015-JUN-15, at:
  7. "My authentic life," Transgender Law Center, 2014-MAY-01, at: The first video has been watched by about 120,000 viewers during its first year online at YouTube.
  8. Tom Murray produced and directed a video concerning transsexuality. It is titled: "Almost Myself: Reflections on mending and transcending gender." See:
  9. "Sex Chromosome Abnormalities," at:

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Copyright © 2007 to 2017 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Original posting: 2007-JUN-08
Latest revision: 2017-APR-18

Author: B.A. Robinson

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