Much of the legislative work done by New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms centers on telling the truth. When Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his fellow travelers push for abortion expansion, we speak out about the fact that a fetus is a living human being whose life has value and worth. When LGBT activists demand the passage of the Counselor Coercion Bill, we remind lawmakers and staff that sexual orientation change is possible. And when persons calling themselves “transgender” rally in support of the Bathroom Bill, we affirm that a person’s sex is not “assigned” by society, but rather by the Creator who made that person in His image.
The truth about sex and gender identity is currently under intense debate in American culture. Unfortunately, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has weighed in on the side of untruth. On September 17, 2018, the AAP released a new policy statement calling for pediatricians to become advocates for a “transgender” agenda. According to the AAP, that agenda should include “ensuring that insurance plans offer specific coverage for transgender persons, encompassing coverage of hormones and other transition-related medical needs, gender-affirming surgery, and psychological resources.” A representative of the AAP also called on parents to “‘respect [and] support their child’s self-expressed identity.’” Chillingly, the AAP also called for pediatricians to receive “proper medical education” that will allow them to provide a “‘safe and inclusive clinical space’” for “transgender” or “gender-diverse” children. The AAP released this statement in spite of recent research suggesting that gender dysphoria in teens may be peer-influenced.
Over the past several decades, many medical and mental health organizations have enthusiastically embraced homosexuality. Now, a similar embrace of the “transgender” phenomenon is underway, and the results are likely to be tragic: More young people being deceived into adopting “transgender” identities, more young people being placed on drugs that delay the onset of puberty, more young people being placed on opposite-sex hormone regimens, and more young people undergoing irreversible surgeries in a futile effort to become members of the opposite sex.
The scientific truth about sex and gender identity is quite clear. With the exception of a small number of people born with genetic abnormalities, a person’s sex can be easily discerned from that person’s physical characteristics and DNA. Neither surgeries nor hormone treatments can make it possible for a male to bear a child, or for a female to become a biological father. Even if a male with gender dysphoria changes his body to make himself appear to be female, a simple cheek swab will reveal his true sex by demonstrating the presence of a “Y” chromosome. It is impossible to truly change one’s sex. This scientific truth is supported by Biblical truth; God made human beings male and female (Genesis 1:26-27) and planned us long before we were even born (Psalm 139:15-16). Our gender identities are not an accident; rather, they are an integral part of God’s plan and purpose for our lives. Truly helping a young person with gender dysphoria means lovingly guiding that young person to accept his God-given gender identity, not affirming the delusion that he can change his sex.