Focus on the Family and CitizenLink are committed to holding to biblical truth about male and female distinctions, while at the same time reaching out with compassion and respect to individuals, families and churches affected by transgenderism. With that in mind, the following resources may be helpful as a starting point for those looking for hope and healing for gender identity issues.
Comprehensive Counseling Services/Institute for Marital Healing
Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons has worked with thousands of people for over 30 years, dealing with marriage and family issues, forgiveness, homosexuality and Gender Identity Disorder.
Courage – A Roman Catholic Apostolate
Courage International, Inc.
8 Leonard Street
Norwalk, CT 06850
Phone: (203) 803-1564
Mastering Life Ministries
The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality
Not all those who struggle with transgender issues have same-sex attractions, and not all those who struggle with homosexuality have transgender issues. But there is some overlap between these two areas. NARTH has a network of counselors and many articles for those wanting help and understanding dealing with gender identity disorders.
Parakaleo (meaning “to appeal” or “to exhort”) is a Christian ministry in the United Kingdom that reaches out to those with transgender issues. Has helpful articles and testimonies. See also the book, Transsexuality: a report by the Evangelical Alliance Policy Commission for a philosophical, medical, ethical and scriptural evaluation of this issue (N.B., in the UK the term “transsexual” is commonly used instead of “transgender”).
An Assemblies of God ministry, Restory provides resources and training for pastors and lay-leaders to address homosexuality and gender identity issues within AG churches.
Sy Rogers Communications
Sy Rogers’ incredible story of God’s grace and healing is available on his DVD, One of the Boys. In Lessons Learned, he speaks with truth and power about redemption for broken sexuality, and Keeping Clean in a Dirty World offers insight and help about living in our hyper-sexualized world.
Trading My Sorrows
More than 20 years ago, Walt Heyer underwent “Sexual Reassignment Surgery.” In his own words, “My perfectly good body parts had been amputated. Years of looking like and living as a woman did not bring the promised treatment or relief.” He describes the journey back to manhood in his book, Trading My Sorrows and about the false promise of such surgery in Paper Genders.
NOTE: These websites often deal with sensitive and difficult issues and may contain content for mature readers. Referral to websites not produced by Focus on the Family is for informational purposes only and does not necessarily constitute an endorsement of the sites’ content.