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Transgender Resources

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“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.”  (Romans 12:1-2)

Protecting Children: Avoiding the Regret of Gender Transitioning
19-year-old Chloe Cole shares about the devastating effects of gender transitioning on children, her personal regrets of transitioning as a young teen, and the peace found by trusting in God’s perfect design.

Transformation: A Former Transgender Responds to LGBTQ 
Linda Seiler has written a terrific new book, Transformation: A Former Transgender Responds to LGBTQ, about her struggles with transgenderism and lesbian attractions – and how God brought healing and change to her life.

Counseling for Sexual Identity Concerns: A Measured, Careful, and Compassionate approach
A Focus on the Family statement regarding professional therapies.

When Transgender Issues Enter Your World
This free, downloadable resource helps you understand transgenderism in the culture and explains the Christian perspective of “gender ideology.” It also offers guidance for how to respond well when transgender issues affect your child’s school, your private space or your family.

Focus on the Family Daily Broadcast – Listen now: Becoming the Woman God Made Me to Be
Linda Seiler tells her remarkable story of finding healing in Christ and restoration of her identity as a woman after many years of struggle with gender confusion, same-sex attraction and pornography addiction.

Helping Children with Gender Identity Confusion
This question-and-answer document offers guidance for parents or family members faced with questions about gender confusion in a child they know and love. This thorough introduction also concludes with additional resources and links.

Help for Parents, Families & Individuals

Our God is awesome and mighty in grace, truth and power. He is with us in our times of question and need. These links are aimed to help those seeking hope, direction and connection with Christian materials and organizations that offer biblical compassion and information on this topic.

Addressing Gender Identity With Honesty and Compassion
Laura Perry Smalts and pediatrician Dr. Meg Meeker offer compelling evidence for the harmful physical and psychological effects of gender transitions. They speak compassionately about the issues surrounding gender confusion, offering practical insights and hope for people who are struggling with gender dysphoria.

Helping Kids Stand Firm While Navigating the Ever-Changing Landscape of Transgenderism
There is a crucial shift in youth culture, and Christian teens need to understand transgenderism as well as how to respond in love and truth.

Resources for Transgenderism and Gender Confusion
While we hold to biblical truth about male and female differences, we also reach out with biblical redemption and healing. This referral list is a starting point for individuals, families and churches affected by transgenderism.

Talking to Your Children About Transgender Issues
When this topic comes up in your home, be ready to have an informed conversation that educates your children with a calm, caring and truth-filled response.

‘Trading My Sorrows’ – A Story of Healing from Transgenderism
Walt Heyer struggled for years with the desire to dress in woman’s clothes and to be a woman. Read the heartening article about God’s grace, healing and forgiveness in his life.

Answering Parents’ Questions on Gender Confusion in Children
Glenn Stanton, Director of Family Formation Studies at Focus on the Family, answers basic questions about parenting and gender-confusion in children. In addition to this brief article, his book gives guidance for parents helping their children develop into Secure Daughters and Confident Sons.

Reinforce Your Child’s Sexual Identity
Parents can seize everyday opportunities to affirm their child with affection and for who God made them.

Reliable Resources for Teaching Children About Marriage, Sexuality and Homosexuality
The resources shown here will give guidance and equip parents as they teach children about healthy sexuality, marriage and God’s design for the body.

Responding to the Transgender Issue – Parent Resource Guide
This guide is the product of a unique collaboration between organizations with very diverse political opinions and one common concern: The negative consequences of treating bodily sex as irrelevant. The resource provides input for families faced with gender activism in public schools as well as descriptions and cautionary information concerning “gender affirmative” treatment model that facilitates a child’s “transition.”

A Biblical Perspective on Transgender Identity: A Primer for Parents and Strugglers
This resource gives a Biblical perspective on how to handle the challenges those struggling with embracing their God-given sexuality and gender face as well as the challenges parents are facing raising children in an over-sexualized society.

“Help! How Do I Answer My Child’s LGBT Questions?”
Our counselor provides specific ways to address some of your child’s LGBT questions and encourages you to look to the Scriptures and God’s design “from the beginning,” just as Christ did in Matthew 19:8.

It’s difficult to understand the quickly evolving nature of this issue which questions something as basic as being male or female.  These articles help readers think about God’s design and biblical beliefs with reason, grace and love.

Addressing Gender Identity With Honesty and Compassion
Laura Perry Smalts shares her story of childhood pain and trauma that led her to identify as a man for seven years. 

Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria: A Social Contagion?
Have you ever noticed how societal trends can influence the personal identities of an entire generation?

Study: Gender Reassignment is no Cure for Mental Health Issues
A Finnish study finds people with gender dysphoria cannot expect gender-reassignment interventions to solve other mental health issues.

Talking to Your Children About Transgender Issues
Focus on the Family wants to help parents navigate this topic, so we’ve developed helpful guidelines and suggestions for addressing transgender issues with your children. (Spanish version available)

Transgenderism and Minors: What Does the Research Really Show?
A culture and policy analyst investigates what “transgender” research actually demonstrates in light of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services guidelines for “Gender-Affirming Care and Young People”.

What is “Gender Identity”?
This article helps us understand the basic history and current cultural usage of this and other related terms.

What Does That Mean? Understanding Transgender Terminology
Although the use and creation of terms are ever-evolving, this list offers a starting point. Words are strategically used by gender-bending advocates to cause youth and society to have “new concepts” and possibilities. Educated awareness without fully adopting these concepts is important.

Male and Female: By Design
This series of articles explains how “gender ideology” affects our culture and public policy, describes God’s creation of humanity male and female in His image, details some biological differences between men and women, and tells about the spiritual component of this issue.

“Transgenderism” Brings Chaos from Order
A helpful article which explains the transgender agenda and gives examples of this growing movement’s impact on our culture — from education to entertainment and from restrooms to the runway.

Transgenderism – Our Position
At Focus on the Family, gender matters to us, because it matters to God. In our growing secularized and “multi-gendered” culture, we encourage you to create your own position and values statements, so you, too, can stand firm in your beliefs when you’re called on to defend them.

What About Intersexuality?
Although frequently confused, intersexuality is quite different from transgenderism. This article briefly explains the issues and offers suggestions for a Christian response.

Fifty years ago, no one would’ve thought that the reality of humanity’s division into two sexes — male and female — would be questioned, much less under attack in our nation’s policies. Yet that’s the world we now live in. These articles and resources help you navigate this issue and take action in support of freedoms, parental rights, privacy and safety.

Expert in ‘Transitioning’ Children Admits ‘We Were Wrong’ About Puberty Blockers
Dr. Susan Bradley, once the Head of the Division of Child Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, one of the foremost researchers who prescribed puberty blockers to “pause adolescence,” speaks out about the negative and long-term consequences of this treatment.

Transgenderism: Blurring the Lines
This article gives a broad overview of the issue, including:

  • Examples of gender identity disorder affecting the culture,
  • Possible influencing factors for children to believe they are the opposite sex,
  • Treatment of gender identity disorder in children,
  • The roots of the transgender activist movement and an explanation of its ideology, and,
  •  A basic understanding of God’s design for two sexes.

Desensitizing Society on Transgenderism
This short article gives numerous examples of the transgender movement’s impact on our culture, classrooms and legislation.

Public Restrooms – Your Privacy and Safety
This series includes the following articles for concerned families:

Why This School is OK with a Man Exposing Himself to Young Girls
Jim Daly’s blog tells the story of a girls swim team using the women’s locker room at a local college. The college could not stop a naked man, who believes he’s a woman, from also using the facilities.

Gender-Confusing Messages in Schools
This downloadable resource provides invaluable advice for parents whose children are exposed to the transgender agenda in education.

The Impact of Adding LGBT to Nondiscrimination Laws
What happens when new rights are created based on a person’s “gender identity” and “gender expression”? This article gives clear examples of freedoms threatened and innocence lost.

Doctors speak out: Lupron and the ‘Diabolical’ push to sterilize, gender-transition confused kids
This article speaks about a push to put children confused about their bodies on puberty suppressants and hormone blockers like Lupron to change their physical sex. While referenced here, this writing is not completely endorsed by Focus on the family. The information may be useful to our readers for purposes of understanding this issue and furthering personal research.

Minnesota Mom on the Frontlines for Parental Rights and Protecting Children
We think you’ll be encouraged by hearing some of Emily Zinos’ story and about this new resource for parents concerned about transgender activism in schools.

Hospitals and Doctors “Transition” Hundreds of Children with Drugs, Hormones and Surgery
Rather than helping children embrace their bodily sex – male or female, many hospitals, doctors and therapists have shifted toward helping children “transition” to living as the opposite sex. In the process, they’re placing these children on a fast-moving conveyor belt toward dangerous and life-altering drugs, hormones and surgeries.

A Singularly Christian View of the Transgender Problem
Take a deeper look into what the Transgender movement has become, what it is redefining, and what it means for Christians.

Preventing Parents from Guiding a Gender-Confused Children is a Recipe for Disaster
It seems each day brings with it headlines and highlights of renewed attacks on the family, but especially on the autonomy and authority of moms and dads to nurture and raise their children according to their deeply held convictions and beliefs.

Parenting – Q&A’s

Identity – Q&A’s

God’s Design – Q&A’s

Relating to others on LGBT issues – Q&A’s

*Referrals to other organizations are for research purposes and are not a blanket endorsement of all materials or positions held by these outside sources

Responding in Grace on Divisive Issues
– Chip Ingram

Equipping Christians to Understand Sexuality
– Dr Juli Slattery

Responding in Grace on Divisive Issues
– Chip Ingram
Equipping Christians to Understand Sexuality
– Dr Juli Slattery
The Journey Back to My True Identity (Part 1 or 2)
– Walt Heyer & Kathy Grace Duncan
The Journey Back to My True Identity (Part 2 or 2)
– Walt Heyer & Kathy Grace Duncan

Books & Broadcasts


Talking Points: Transgender book cover

Talking Points: Transgender

by Vaughan Roberts

I don't have to choose by Ellie Klipp

I Don't Have to Choose

by Ellie Klipp
Book to help children understand how God has chosen our gender.
(Available on Amazon)

God Made Boys and Girls

by Marty Machowski
(Available on Amazon)

Loving My LGBT Neighbor book cover

Loving My (LGBT) Neighbor

by Glenn T. Stanton


by Ellie Klipp
A novel for young teens.
(Available on Amazon)

Cover image of the book "Elephants Are Not Birds"

Elephants Are Not Birds

by Ashley St. Clair

cover of the book When Harry Became Sally

When Harry Became Sally

by Ryan T. Anderson

Cover image of the book Strange New World by Carl R. Trueman

Strange New World

by Carl R. Trueman

Cover image of the book "She is She"

She is She

by Bethany & Ryan Bomberger

Affirming God's Image

by J. Alan Branch

Cover image of the book More to the Story

More to the Story

by Jennifer Kvamme


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