When your child or your student or a member of your youth group asks, “What about transgender?” what are you going to say? Walt Mueller, President of the Center for Parent Youth Understanding, is right: this is a “complex, difficult, and head-spinning” issue. But you can’t ignore it and leave it to someone else to address. That “someone else” may be
… reading to your five year old from My Princess Boy: “My Princess Boy loves his dad. His dad tells my Princess Boy how pretty he looks in a dress … a Princess Boy can wear a dress at his school and I will not laugh at him.”
… showing your 11-year-old a video claiming that “gender spectrum is unique and individual. The only thing that limits a person is their imagination. Only you can define your gender identity. It’s not just male or female; there are so many in between.”
As Mueller says, “Running to hide from or choosing to haphazardly lob insensitive and uninformed bombs” at those who say that everyone has the right to “choose their own gender” or to “be who I really am” aren’t good options for us. We, like Walt, want to fulfill our God-given responsibility to teach our children the truth and to protect them. We need to be ready with answers.
So let’s look further at what is being said by scholars and other professionals who are studying the issue.