LDS Gender

For those seeking understanding of gender identity issues from an LDS perspective

Resources and Links

Spontaneous Human Chimeras, Homosexuality, & Transgender: A Causal Link – This article needs a little editorial help and is somewhat rough-hewn but shows how instances of chimerism may indeed be creating very real experiences of gender confusion in certain individuals

Transsexual gene link identified – “Australian researchers have identified a significant link between a gene involved in testosterone action and male-to-female transsexualism.”

TransActive – Advocates the support of and non-pathologization of transgendered children; “It is vitally important to recognize that any guidance or advice that leads to disregarding, discouraging or disrespecting how a child experiences or expresses their own gender identity is potentially extremely damaging to that child’s overall well-being.”

‘I Am Jazz’: My Intimate Conversation with Trans Tween Jazz & Her Mother Jeanette – Profiles a young girl who was born with a male body but has persisted in living authentically as a female

Led by the child who simply knew – “The twin boys were identical in every way but one. Wyatt was a girl to the core, and now lives as one, with the help of a brave, loving family and a path-breaking doctor’s care.”

Anderson Cooper Features Transgender Youth And Families On ‘Anderson’ Talk Show – “Anderson Cooper is set to discuss the social and emotional issues faced by both transgender children and their parents on today’s installment of his daytime talk show…”

Transsexual differences caught on brain scan – “Differences in the brain’s white matter that clash with a person’s genetic sex may hold the key to identifying transsexual people before puberty. Doctors could use this information to make a case for delaying puberty to improve the success of a sex change later….”

Transgender issues, Christianity, Culture and Married Life – Personal blog by Christian Taylor and his wife Brynn Taylor. “My message to the trans community is this: no matter what your situation you can learn to love who you are through Jesus Christ.”

Repercussions of gender nonconformity – “Children in the U.S. whose activity choices, interests, and pretend play before age 11 fall outside those typically expressed by their biological sex face increased risk of being physically, psychologically, and sexually abused, and of suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by early adulthood…”

New Research Casts Doubt on Surgery for Infants Born with Male and Female Traits – “Gender, often said to depend solely upon anatomy or hormones, may depend also on hard-wired genetics, according to new research that could help doctors and lawyers better understand the one in 4,000 babies born with both male and female traits…. ‘The biology of gender is far more complicated than XX or XY chromosomes and may rely more on the brain’s very early development than we ever imagined,’ researcher Eric Vilain, M.D., reported today at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.”

Intersexes in Humans: An Introductory Exploration by Duane E. Jeffery – This is from Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Volume 12, Number 3, Fall 1979

Brain gene makes a female develop as a male – “Australian scientists have discovered that changes to a gene involved in brain development can lead to testis formation and male genitalia in an otherwise female embryo.”

Results of transsexual brain studies

Regional Grey Matter Structure Differences between Transsexuals and Healthy Controls-A Voxel Based Morphometry Study

15 studies showing a biological origin of gender dysphoria

Atypical Gender Development (PDF)

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