Thursday night, I witnessed something so disturbing I had to share it with you.
Here was the scene: A mom of two young children stood up during former Vice President Biden’s town hall event, and shared that her younger child (age 8) identifies as transgender –a boy who feels he’s a girl. As she listed various conservative policies on sex and gender (to which she was opposed), it was clear that this mother was concerned for the future of her child.
My heart goes out to that mom. We should have incredible compassion for those who are struggling to accept their God-given sex, and for their families. People who identify as transgender or who have gender dysphoria suffer not only with accepting their own bodies, but also with a myriad of other challenges including high suicide rates. Often, there’s also an underlying problem, such as abuse or challenges fitting in with a social group.
This is no small issue. Christians should be eager to help those who are suffering in this way.
But when someone is struggling to accept their body, our answer should not be to affirm that something is wrong with their body – to tell them that they need surgeries and hormones to “fix” what is “wrong” with them. Instead, it should be to reach out with compassion, find out what’s causing these feelings, and provide meaningful counseling to help individuals see that their bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made – just the way they are.
It’s not a “quick fix,” but we know that it can provide the lasting healing that transgender-identifying people so desperately need. And for moms like the one who spoke on Thursday night, they should receive the truth that around 85% of children who are struggling to accept their sex in childhood will reconcile with their biological sex by adulthood if they are not pushed to transition.
What is “transitioning”?
It’s a quick “fix.” It takes deep emotional pain and answers it with surgery and some pills. It offers the initial celebration of the LGBTQ + lobby – followed by the slow realization that the underlying pain is still there. Ultimately, initial evidence shows that long-term suicide rates are exponentially higher among those who “transition.”
That is a tragedy, and to push that outcome on a vulnerable child is so abhorrent some have called it child abuse.
So as this mom stood before former Vice President Biden, asking how he would respond to people like her 8-year-old child, there was much on the line. It was his opportunity to show that he wouldn’t cow-tow to the radical Left’s push for “transitions,” to show his compassion by speaking the truth in love.
But that’s not what happened.
Biden’s response? “I will flat out just change the law, and eliminate [President Trump’s] Executive Orders, number one.” He continued by talking about “the idea that an eight-year-old child, or a ten-year-old child, decides, ‘you know I want to be transgender, that’s what I think I’d like to be – it would make my life a lot easier.’”
Whether that comment was tongue-in-cheek or meant as support for the idea of “choosing to be transgender,” it’s clear it was supporting the idea of children identifying as transgender. And sadly, Biden’s words represent just the lie that the Left wants children to believe: that transition will make their lives easier, or at least better. But it won’t. It sets children up for a life of struggle and disappointment, scars of the body and the heart.
Meanwhile, the Trump Administration has taken the unpopular, but important, position of making policies based on the truth: we are born male and female, no amount of surgeries can truly change that, and to deny that hurts not only the people struggling with their gender, but others with whom they interact.
One clear example: if a male identifies as a female and wants to compete in a female sports division, he will naturally have physical advantages over the female athletes that place them at a disadvantage in their own sports division. It’s fundamentally unfair.
While President Trump’s Justice and Education departments have spoken in support of policies that ensure girls’ sports are reserved for girls, the Biden/Harris campaign says on their website that “transgender equality is the civil rights issue of our time,” and supports “transgender students’ access to sports, bathrooms, and locker rooms in accordance with their gender identity.”
The lines have been drawn. Now it’s our time to speak through voting.
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Policy and Communications Strategist