Where the Sidewalk Ends:

Why Real Trans-Activists Do Not Affirm It

Thoughtful Christianity means thinking Biblically and critically about some of the hottest issues of our day – issues like trans rights. Apologists must be well-versed in the topic to debate it. Evangelists need to understand the landscape of the culture. Students need to be prepared for socio-cultural questions of their faith.

Our great taboo

Every era has its taboos. One of the ways to identify them in our society is by paying attention to what issues, when someone has the audacity to question them, erupt immediately. The questioner is not even given a chance to speak or to tease out their thoughts and certainly to speak in public about such things would be inconceivable let alone in the privacy of one’s mind. Discussions on trans rights and transexuality in general are our great taboo.

Anyone who does so is thrown to the moral-posturing of whatever agenda is the loudest and the barrage of labels is placed upon you; bigot, phobic, you name it; your moral credibility in the eyes of your accusers and their audience crumbles to dust. Even more alarmingly, your career may come to end simply by having phrased yourself incorrectly. You have presumed yourself and your independence to have real value in order to speak yet you have done so against the sacrosanct politics of identity: the great taboo of our age. Best not to speak at all on the subject because you do, after all, value your ability to pay your bills don’t you?

Speedy Summary:

Should Christians affirm trans individuals? What happens if a trans person asks you to refer to their preferred pronoun? Research shows that transgender activism and affirmation is actually hurting trans people.

Defining Terms:

  1. Trans / Transgender: a person whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex. Also known as Transexual.
  2. Trans affirmation: a loose set of best practices for confirming the validity of a trans person’s self-identified gender preference. Includes offering support of the gender identity and avoiding offending the trans person by using the wrong pronouns among other things.
  3. Gender identity: someone’s core personal sense of their gender separate from their biological gender.
  4. Gender dysphoria: a psychological disorder where an individual feels strongly that t