Focus on the Family

Jeff Johnston

Jeff Johnston works as an Issues Analyst for Focus on the Family, writing and teaching about marriage, homosexuality and gender, as well as encouraging and equipping Christians to engage the culture on these issues. He regularly shares his story of struggling as a Christian with same-sex attractions and how God brought healing and change to his life. Before working at Focus on the Family, Jeff served as the Director of Regeneration, a ministry dedicated to providing resources and support for men and women who experience same-sex attraction, as well as for their loved ones and for churches and ministries. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s in English and a Teaching Credential. Jeff and his wife, Judy, have been married 20 years and have three teenage sons.


4 Reasons We Care About Marriage

There is personal pain when marriages break down, but marriage is about more than our emotions, which is why we care about marriage.

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How Did We Get To This Gender-Confused Place?

Gender confusion is rampant and the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender activist movement has affected religion, pop culture, education, business and politics. “Sexual orientation” and “gender identity” are now privileged over privacy, safety and freedom.

Who is Included in the ‘Transgender Umbrella?’

The “transgender umbrella” encompasses an ever-growing, ever-changing list of “gender identities” and “gender expressions.” Any “gender identity” may use public accommodations and threaten the safety and privacy of children, women and men.

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Keeping Your Family Safe in Public Restrooms

Focus on the Family offers helpful guidance and ideas for keeping children safe in public restrooms. Parents can be educated and equipped, plan ahead, and act appropriately to deal with “gender identity” policies and laws.

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Public Restrooms – Your Privacy and Safety

Public accommodations laws now make restrooms, locker rooms and dressing rooms available to all based on “gender identity.” This Focus on the Family series explains how and why all are affected and what parents can do to keep themselves and their children safe.

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What Is ‘Gender Identity’?

God created us to reflect His image – male and female. Dr. John Money took the term “gender” and applied it to people. Now, people think of “gender” social construct that is fluid and changeable. Some think there are multiple gender identities.

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‘Is My Teen Struggling With Homosexuality?’

Do you suspect that your teen is struggling with same-sex attraction? Read about how to respond in a loving and helpful way.

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Do ‘Gender Identity’ Laws Affect Me and My Family?

‘Gender Identity’ laws and policies affect everyone. From cities and states to businesses like Target, Macy’s or Planet Hollywood to federal agencies, those with any “gender identity” may use any public accommodations, threatening privacy and safety of others.

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Talking to Your Children About Transgender Issues

Transgenderism is tough enough for adults to understand. So when our children encounter these gender-confusing messages, what do we say?

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9 Ways to Reach Out to a Gay-Identified Friend

Many of us know someone who identifies as gay, lesbian or bisexual, whether a co-worker, neighbor, or friend. We are often asked, “How do I witness to this person?”

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Desensitizing Society on Transgenderism

In the past few years, the push toward transgender acceptance has accelerated, and is being mainlined into every area of our lives.

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Transgenderism: Blurring the Lines

From haute couture to elementary schools, activists aren’t just trying to “push the envelope” when it comes to gender distinction — they’re trying to “erase the line.”

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Male and Female He Created Them: Genesis and God’s Design of Two Sexes

Genesis teaches that God created humanity male and female in his image and likeness. We are divinely separated into male and female.

What Does That Mean? Understanding Transgenderism Terminology

Understanding the culture — and how to respond in a Christ-like manner — often begins with understanding its terminology.

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‘Trading My Sorrows’ — A Story of Healing from Transgenderism

Walt Heyer’s life looked like a success. Since childhood, however, he had struggled with the desire to dress in women’s clothes and to be a woman.

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Understanding “Transgenderism”

What is “transgenderism” and how should Christians approach this cultural issue? Our Thriving Values™ resources will help you understand and respond with grace and truth to one of the most confusing cultural issues we now face.

The Impact of Adding LGBT to Nondiscrimination Laws

Freedoms Threatened and Innocence Lost: The Impact of Adding Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression to Statutes and Policies Hundreds of states, municipalities and schools have added “sexual orientation,” “gender identity” and “gende …

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How to Talk to Your Children About Homosexuality

The reality is, if you don’t, someone else probably will – or already is. And you may not like what they have to say.

Resources for Men and Women with Unwanted Homosexuality

Want to leave homosexuality? Want to help a friend or family member who is gay-identified? Need information for your church? Here are helpful resources.

The Homosexual Community: Small Number, Big Influence

How many lesbian- and gay-identified people live in America?

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What Do We Mean When We Talk About Change from Homosexuality?

Almost 2,000 years ago, the Apostle Paul wrote letters to the church gathered in Corinth, a city where he had lived and worked for eighteen months. So he knew the people of that church and writes to admonish them about a variety of sins, including fact …

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Understanding Same-Sex Attractions

We live in a fallen world and this affects every area of human life, including sexuality and relationships. One of the results is that people struggle with all kinds of sexual and relational brokenness, and some will struggle with unwanted same-sex attractions.

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Reliable Resources for Teaching Children About Marriage, Sexuality and Homosexuality

Here are resources to give guidance and equip you as you teach your children about homosexuality, healthy sexuality and marriage.

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Countering The Cultural Confusion: Answering Frequently Asked Questions About Homosexuality

In This Series: 1. How to Talk to Your Children About Homosexuality 2. Countering the Cultural Confusion: Your Questions Answered About Homosexuality 3. The Homosexual Community: Small Number, Powerful Influence 4. Reliable Resources for Teaching Child …