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Transgender persons and transsexuals.
2017: Why are some people transgender?

Beliefs as expressed by
conservative religious sources.

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Part 5 of nine parts.

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This topic is continued from the previous essay.

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Review of transgender topics so far:

Transgender individuals believe that their current gender is different from their gender at birth, when it was recorded by physicians on their birth certificate. They form about 0.6% of the adult population -- six in every 1,000 persons.
  • Most transgender adults had their bodies examined at birth, declared to be male, and registered as male on their birth certificate. Later in life -- often as young as three years of age -- they started to sense that their gender identity is actually female, and communicated this belief to others. They are referred to as "MTF" (male-to-female) transgender persons. They often describe themselves as having a female brain trapped in a male body. That is, that even though they may possess male sexual organs, have male (XY) sex chromosomes in their DNA, have a male body shape, and have a history of being considered male by friends and family, etc., their brain has totally convinced them that they are female. Their gender identity is not something that they freely choose.

  • FTM (female to male) transgender persons are fewer in number. They were registered as female at birth, raised as girls, and later developed a male gender identity.

  • A small percentage of transgender adults identify as:
    • being without gender: gender has no meaning to them;
    • having a gender identity that has both male and female aspects; or
    • switching gender between male and female from time to time.

Most young children who identify as transgender transition later to being cisgender. That is, their biological sex and perceived gender match. However, some continue to identify as transgender for the rest of their life.

Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in mid 2015, many conservative religious and secular non-profits and media outlets switched much of their attention from opposing gay marriage and equal rights for lesbians, gays and bisexuals, to opposing rights of the transgender community. A series of "bathroom bills" have been filed in some Republican-dominated state legislatures to prohibit transgender persons from using public washrooms that correspond to their current gender identity.

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Beliefs commonly expressed by conservative religious web sites and other conservative news sources:

Many conservatives believe that when newborns are identified as a girl or boy by the attending physician, and their birth certificate is filled out accordingly, that the baby's sex is defined for the rest of her or his life. Later in life, a small minority of children will say that they have a gender identity that is opposite to their birth-identified gender. Most conservatives attribute this to being "gender confused." They often attribute the children's identity to poor parenting. They believe that the family members are in need of counseling, therapy, and prayer so that the transgender child will recognize their true gender.

In the quotations below which are taken from conservative web sites, words referring to being "gender confused" are highlighted. The highlighting was not in the original text.

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Opinions expressed on The Christian Post conservative web site:

  • Matt Barber wrote:

    "For those tethered to biological reality, the self-evident truth that, prior to birth, people develop either "XY" or "XX" genetic markers and, as such, are objectively, and shall forever remain, either male or female, is as plain as blue is blue or pink is pink." 1

    Referring to the LGBT community, where "T" stands for both "transgender individuals" and "transsexuals," he said:

    "... this 'progressive' sociopolitical scheme moves quickly from merely pitiable and delusional to ghastly and abusive when children are the targets — when selfish adults exploit sexually confused young people by feeding their 'gender' delusion and pumping them full of dangerous hormones, or otherwise surgically mutilating and sterilizing them for life via so-called 'gender reassignment surgery.' ..."

    "The 'gender' phenomenon is, in the larger sense, an artificial and anti-theist-tainted social construct. It's an overt act of fist-shaking rebellion against the laws of nature and nature's God." 1

He quotes from a report by The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds): 2

    "A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking. When an otherwise healthy biological boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise healthy biological girl believes she is a boy, an objective psychological problem exists that lies in the mind not the body, and it should be treated as such. 2

ACPeds is a tiny Christian group of conservative pediatricians with about 200 members which is frequently cited by conservative religious media. It is often confused with the more liberal American Academy of Pediatrics, which has a staff of 390 persons and a membership of:

"... 66,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical sub-specialists and pediatric surgical specialists." 2,3

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Denny Burk wrote an article on transgenderism for The Federalist:

He wrote:

"Expressive individualism holds that each person ought to be able to define his or her own identity, even if that identity is at odds with some objective reality. Furthermore, the expression of that identity becomes the path to happiness and flourishing. Anyone who questions or opposes that identity—no matter what it is -- is a tyrannical obstacle to that person’s health and happiness. ..."

"Transgenderism is premised on the notion that every person ought to be able to define his or her own individual gender identity, even if that psychological identity is at odds with their biological sex. Furthermore, the expression of that gender identity is the path to happiness and flourishing. Anyone who opposes that gender identity—no matter what it is -- is a tyrannical obstacle to that person’s health and happiness." 4

He seems to imply that gender is defined only by one's "private parts" and the sex chromosomes in their DNA. That is, he rejects structural and response differences in the brains of transgender individuals as the source of gender identity.

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Daisy Luther comments on her blog about transgender children in public school:

She publishes an "independent media commentary" daily. She wrote an article on the topic of "gender confusion" titled:

"If Kids Aren’t Gender Confused Yet, They Will Be When School Is Done With Them. "

She said that:

  • In an Albuquerque, NM elementary school: "Just in case kids are gender confused, teachers are no longer allowed to address children as 'boys and girls.' ..."

  • "Amazon is loaded with 16 pages of books for gender-confused children. ..."

  • "What a festering crock of biologically-unsound baloney. If a kid isn’t 'gender confused' before they start the class, they certainly will be by the time the miseducation system is done with them." 5

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This topic continues in the next essay

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. Matt Barber, "Pushing Transgender Conditioning on Gender-Confused Children Is Child Abuse," Christian Post, 2016-MAR-23, at: http://www.christianpost.com/
  2. David Hart, "Scripture Over Science - The American College of Pediatricians," The Slowly Boiled Frog, 2016-MAR-18, at: http://www.slowlyboiledfrog.com/
  3. "Membership FAQ," American Academy of Pediatrics, 2017, at: https://www.aap.org/
  4. David Hart, "More trans hate from Denny Burk," The Slowly Boiled Frog," 2017-JAN-09, at: http://www.slowlyboiledfrog.com/
  5. Daisy Luther, "If Kids Aren’t Gender Confused Yet, They Will Be When School Is Done With Them," DaisyLuther.com, 2016-AUG-23, at: http://daisyluther.com/

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Copyright © 2017 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally posted on: 2017-JAN-18
Author:
B.A. Robinson
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