Focus on the Family

Cause for Concern (Transgenderism)

Recent years have seen a sea-change in attitudes about cultural acceptance of homosexuality.

by Focus on the Family Issue Analysts

For decades, gay activist leaders worked hard to keep those who called themselves "transgender" or "transsexual" as far out of the public eye as possible. By their own admission, the last thing they wanted was a bunch of "drag queens" and cross-dressers to scare away potential allies and ruin any hope for their community to achieve its political goals. So, the activists only portrayed homosexuals in favorable and non-threatening ways.

But, recent years have seen a sea-change in attitudes about cultural acceptance of homosexuality. Gay activists now believe that sufficient political gains have been won at the local, state and federal levels that they can turn their attention to adding the "T" – for Transgender – to the GLB (Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual) acronym that represents their community.

So today, at every level of government, we are seeing the "GLBT" community press hard to add the "transgender" category to existing laws. While the initial goal of gay activists was to add "sexual orientation" to laws and to normalize homosexuality and bisexuality across every arena of society, the goal now is to add "gender identity or expression" to laws and to normalize "transgenderism." Presently this is happening with the various forms of hate crimes and employment nondiscrimination laws at both the state and federal levels.

Of particular concern when it comes to the creation of protected class status for "sexual minorities" through hate crimes and employment nondiscrimination laws is the sobering reality that in increasingly secular societies, when "gay rights" collides with religious liberties, religious freedom nearly always loses. Recent events in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Sweden clearly demonstrate that the cultural battles over the normalization of homosexuality are a zero-sum game: Gains afforded to one group will necessarily come at the expense of another. Specifically, those who hold to a biblically orthodox view on homosexual or transgender behavior will increasingly find their voices marginalized and then eventually banned from the public arena.1


1See, as examples, Thomas M. Messner, "Executive Summary: Same-Sex Marriage and the Threat to Religious Liberty," 30 Octrober 2008, The Heritage Foundation, http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2008/10/Same-Sex-Marriage-and-the-Threat-to-Religious-Liberty; Barbara Bradley Hagerty, "Gay Rights, Religious Liberties: A Three-Act Story," 16 June 2008, National Public Radio, http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=91486340; Chai R. Feldblum, "Moral Conflict and Liberty: Gay Rights and Religion," http://www.becketfund.org/files/4bce5.pdf;