Less than one month ago, I published a blog titled “‘Sharp Rise’ in Transgender Young People” that shared new research claiming about 300,000 young people in the US (double the previous estimate) now identify as transgender. Being “trans” is no longer something on the fringe—it’s popular, trendy, and wildly celebrated (consider, for example, a male swimmer has, once again, been nominated to win a women’s award). But what’s the cost of this transgender craze?
Transgenderism has consequences
Those who think biblically (building their worldview on the Bible—beginning in Genesis) know that despising God’s design of male and female (Genesis 1:27), ignoring biological reality, and heavily emphasizing these things to children will have real-world consequences. We’ve already detailed some of those consequences in previous articles and blog posts—for example,
the loss of religious freedom for those who disagree, women’s spaces, such as change rooms, restrooms, and prisons, becoming very unsafe,Or men destroying women’s sports.
But there are also horrific consequences for those who buy into this lie that a man can be a woman and a woman can be a man.
But there are also horrific consequences for those who buy into this lie that a man can be a woman and a woman can be a man.
More and more “detransitioners” (those who transitioned in the past and have now returned to their actual gender/sex) are speaking up and decrying the movement that has brought them misery, mental and physical pain, and no actual help. (Of course, these stories don’t line up with the narrative of “transition your child or they will commit suicide,” so they are repressed by the media.)
A Case Study
But before I get to the horrifying physical consequences of the transgender movement, I want to highlight a recent story that was brought to light as a case study on transgenderism in children. Keep this sickening story in mind as you think about what the detransitioners share later in this blog post—what they share is what this child is racing toward.
According to the report, in December 2021, a mother with a seven-year-old girl posted in a social media group titled “Trans People and the Allies Who Support Them,” sharing that she bought her daughter several books on transgender children, saying, “she’s not trans, we are just allies.”
Exactly one month later, the same mother posted in the same group that her very girly little seven-year-old is suddenly saying she wants to be a boy, and the mother “do[esn’t] think that she’s a boy inside” and that she (the mother) is “a tad insecure that I’ve done something to confuse my kid.” (It should be very obvious that exposing an impressionable child to all of this transgender content has indeed confused her!)
The mother received 150 comments in response, with many stating things such as, “Your son needs you to get past what your dreams for your daughter was,” “It doesn’t matter that you think she isn’t a boy,” “let go of [your] personal opinion” because “the situation isn’t about you,” and “he is a boy right now, and that is what to focus on.”
The mother was told her daughter (who was frequently referred to in the comments as her son) needed to see a gender therapist, that the mother was “misgendering” her “son,” that if she didn’t affirm her daughter as her son the child would suffer from “mental illness, loss of trust, and self harm,” and one person even stated the mother needed to consider kicking the child’s father to the curb because the mother shared he was not supportive! (The mother later reveals they were previously divorced.)
The mother took time to respond to nearly all of the comments, and in the latest comments claimed she was already discussing puberty blockers with a doctor, was referring to her daughter by “they/them” pronouns, and even stated this will be a “confusing and painful transition” due to her family being “pretty conservative.” In other words, she decided to ignore her parental intuition about her daughter (not to mention biological reality) in favor of the fearmongering, disgust, and shame from the trans people and allies in the social media group!
What a gut-wrenching story! That poor child has been brainwashed and conditioned into believing she is a boy, and her mother has likewise been indoctrinated to think the only loving thing she can do is affirm her as a “son” and usher her into a world of hormones and surgeries.
A World of Hurt
Now, I don’t normally have to put content warnings in my blog, but be aware that the following information is not suitable for children and may be difficult for sensitive readers—but I think people need to be made aware of the horror of the transgender movement. We are told that it’s none of our business what people do to or with their bodies—but real children (like the little girl in the story above) are paying the price for the delusions or even wicked intentions of adults who push children toward this lifestyle. Parents and others need to be aware of what the consequences of so-called transitioning actually are (and, like I said above, this hurt and pain shouldn’t surprise Christians who understand that those who are transgender are going against God’s design for them and their bodies!).
One young lady, who was rushed into “gender-affirming care” with little regard for the reasons behind her desire to be a boy, shares that the puberty blockers gave her “hot fl[a]shes, night sweats, and brain fog.” Her chest binder was painful and obstructed her breathing, so she opted for a double mastectomy that left her with nerve damage and the inability to breastfeed—if she’s even able to have children. She refers to her transition as a “medical scandal,” stating, “I was an unhappy girl who needed help. Instead, I was treated like an experiment.”A young lady from California, who calls her experience “experimental gender medicalization,” shares that, at 13, she was not fully capable of understanding what she now fears. “I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to fully carry a child, and I might be at increased risk for certain cancers, mainly cervical cancer . . . I am not able to breastfeed whatever future children I have.” One young man shares his transition “only worsened his problems,” and he ended up doing hard drugs like heroin before eventually becoming sober and detransitioning. He says, “My therapist really was an activist who also happened to be a psychologist.” He still suffers from an inflamed pelvic area, pain while urinating, and possible osteoporosis due to the synthetic estrogen he was given.
I will share one last story (content and language warning if you click the source link)—this one was the most detailed and horrifying of them all. I have tried my best to make it as suitable for all audiences as possible (the original Twitter thread is very explicit with crude language).
One young man shares that, in the area where he received a “gender-affirming” vaginoplasty surgery, “you could stab me with a knife and I wouldn’t know. The entire area is numb” (and that’s not even remotely the worst of what he shared, but the details are too explicit for my blog). Every day he deals with incontinence, painful urination, and dilation of his false surgery-constructed body part, a process he describes as “like some sort of demonic ceremony where you impale yourself for 20 agonising minutes to remind you of your own stupidity.” He refers to everything as “a living nightmare,” and states, “this isn’t even the half of it.”
This is the horror transgender activists are pushing young children toward—a life of truly irreversible damage to their bodies.
Biblical Truth Matters!
Each of the people whose stories I summarized above are people made in God’s image—people of incredible value and dignity. People created either male or female who, because of things such as trauma, abuse, or parental abandonment—coupled with sinful attitudes and thoughts—suffered from gender dysphoria and were pushed to view hormones and mutilating surgery as the answer to their problems. But that’s not the answer!
We as Christians have the answer—the cross of Jesus Christ. It’s the hope of the gospel that provides the answer to those suffering from gender dysphoria (and everyone else!). As one of our staff writers, Avery Foley, shares in her article Transgender Solution Comparison: Surgery vs. the Gospel,
At the heart of gender dysphoria is an identity problem. A person struggling with gender dysphoria is putting their identity in something so much less than Christ and his design for them.As an analogy, consider the young woman or man struggling with anorexia, “an emotional disorder characterized by an obsessive desire to lose weight by refusing to eat.” Such a woman or man has an identity issue—their identity is in their physical appearance, specifically their weight. This so consumes them that they will forgo food and necessary nutrients, and/or compulsively exercise, to lose weight. This is unhealthy and, generally, the woman or man’s perception of themselves as obese or overweight is a wrong perception—and everyone else can see it but them.Such a person is not helped by their friends or family saying, “well, if you feel you are overweight, you must be. Make sure to skip meals and workout for hours. If it makes you feel better, it’s right for you.” Such advice would be tantamount to abuse!Now, the reasons someone may struggle with anorexia may be complex (e.g., as in gender dysphoria, past or ongoing abuse may play a role), but the solution is the same—this person needs an identity rooted in Christ and his design for them.We are designed as male and female (Genesis 1:27), but that is not the “be all and end all” of who we are. Surely it is an important part of who we are, but who we are in Christ is infinitely more important. When someone struggles with God’s design of them as a male or female, they don’t need a fan club telling them to live however they feel. They need true friends who will point them away from their destructive feelings about themselves and to the only One who is truly and ultimately our identity—Jesus Christ, who created our physical bodies, whether male or female, “fearfully and wonderfully” (Psalm 139:14)—not as canvases to take shape according to our own desires or under a surgeon’s knife.
Children and adults suffering from gender dysphoria need Christ and need to become new creations in him. It’s truth (the truth of Christ and his Word) that sets us free (John 8:34)—not the horrific lies of this world that so easily ensnare.
To learn more about how the gospel applies to gender dysphoria, I encourage you to read Avery’s article in full.
The medical and social experiment currently unfolding is leaving victims in its wake, and it’s our duty as Christians to speak up for the vulnerable and defend them against those who would use and abuse them. We cannot stay silent. We must speak “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14).
And if you’re a believer reading this article who has been “on the fence” about the transgender movement or afraid to speak for fear of insults, ridicule, or worse, please think deeply about the stories above. The medical and social experiment currently unfolding is leaving victims in its wake and it’s our duty as Christians to speak up for the vulnerable and defend them against those who would use and abuse them. We cannot stay silent. We must speak “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14).
Open your mouth for the mute,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
Open your mouth, judge righteously,
defend the rights of the poor and needy. (Proverbs 31:8–9)
Get More Answers on Answers News
Transgender surgeries were also discussed today on Answers News with cohosts Dr. Georgia Purdom, Dr. Kaia Kloster, and Bodie Hodge. Answers News is our twice-weekly news program filmed here at the Creation Museum and broadcast on my Facebook page and the Answers in Genesis Facebook page. We also covered the following topics:
Did dogs come from two wolf populations? Do we really need a gay Spider-Man?Did pandas evolve to eat bamboo?And more!
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Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,
This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.
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