Gender madness Friday 11/13/2015

Many Americans have observed with great alarm the meteoric advance and acceptance of homosexuality and same-sex “marriage” in our nation. Working with equal persistence, and grabbing the coattails of the homosexual movement’s recent successes, is the so-called transgender or gender identity movement.

Transgender persons perceive themselves to be a gender other than their biological sex at birth. The gender identity movement rejects the biological reality that humans are made either male or female and insists that gender is a social construct that is moveable along a spectrum that is fluid and changeable.

For example, the University of Nebraska includes a “transguide” on its website that defines “transgender” as follows:

“Transgender is an umbrella term covering behaviors, expressions and identities that challenge the binary male/female gender system in a given culture. It is a self-identified term that can apply to anyone who transcends the conventional definitions of ‘man’ and ‘woman’ and whose self-identification or expression challenges traditional notions of ‘male’ and ‘female’ (including transsexuals, crossdressers, drag queens and kings, genderqueers, masculine-identified females, feminine-identified males, two-spirit people, male-to-females, female-to-males, bearded women, transmen, transwomen and others who cross or transgress traditional gender categories).”

What causes a person to think they are a gender other than their biological sex at birth? Not even the experts seem to know. According to Jack Drescher, a New York psychiatrist who was part of the American Psychiatric Association’s work group on gender identity, “The truth is we actually don’t know what it is. Is it a mental disorder or does the cause of gender dysphoria lie somewhere else? We don’t know what causes it…” (9/5/13 article in USA Today).

The National Center for Transgender Equality admits that, “There are a number of theories about why transgender people exist although there is not yet scientific consensus… There are medical theories about why people are transgender… Some people believe that psychological factors are the reason for the existence of transgender people…. Then there are people who feel that everyone has a right to choose whatever gender presentation feels best to that individual. People should have the freedom to express themselves in whatever way is right for them.” (Understanding Transgender, May 2009)

Dr. Paul McHugh, a distinguished service professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins who served as their chief psychiatrist for almost 30 years said in a Wall Street Journal article (6/12/14), that “policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention.”

Despite a clear lack of scientific understanding of transgenderism, groups like the ACLU are trying to force gender ideology upon our schools and society through their typical legal bullying. In an ACLU document called “Schools in Transition, A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools,” one of the “Guiding Principles” says this:

“The expression of transgender identity, or any other form of gender expansive behavior, is a healthy, appropriate and typical aspect of human development. A gender-expansive student should never be asked, encouraged or required to affirm a gender identity or to express their gender in a manner that is not consistent with their self-identification or expression. Any such attempts or requests are unethical and will likely cause significant emotional harm. It is irrelevant whether a person’s objection to a student’s identity or expression is based on sincerely held religious beliefs or the belief that the student lacks capacity or ability to assert their gender identity or expression (e.g., due to age, developmental disability or intellectual disability).”

Especially given the lack of scientific understanding of transgenderism, these assertions by the ACLU have little basis in fact and border on madness. And don’t overlook the ACLU’s clear effort to marginalize religious beliefs.

Of course, it must be emphasized that those who struggle with transgenderism, like all human beings, must be treated with dignity and compassion. But it is not compassion to affirm a condition that is contrary to our God-given nature and can, in the words of Dr. McHugh, lead to “grim psychological outcomes.”

In a very sobering address to the Roman Curia (12-21-12), Pope Emeritus Benedict exposed the falsity and danger of gender theory saying “the very notion of being—of what being human really means—is being called into question today under the term ‘gender’ as a new philosophy of sexuality… When the freedom to be creative becomes the freedom to create oneself, then necessarily the Maker himself is denied and ultimately man too is stripped of his dignity as a creature of God, as the image of God at the core of his being.”