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It’s not listed as one of their principal ‘concerns’, but, according to this article http://www.christianconcern.com/our-concerns/family/why-christians-need-to-respond-to-gender-confusion Christian Concern is involved ‘with four separate cases of parents challenging decisions taken by schools and social workers, to let children transition to the opposite gender to which they were born.’ One of these involves parents who have ‘clubbed together to oppose a school’s decision’ to facilitate a child’s transition. According to Andrea Williams (Telegraph 23 October 2016) the child’s classmates are ‘getting confused’ by what is proposed, but it is her own comment that is confusing.
Williams claims that (transgender) children need ‘psychiatric advice to help them come to terms with what they are’. To my ears that means coming to terms with their own sense of gender identity, but presumably coming to terms with their assigned birth gender is what she intended. Now that would be confusing, and deeply distressing, for the child concerned. Williams continues, ‘So long as we in society push the issue it will lead to an increase in these cases.’ Excuse me? No one is ‘pushing’ the issue. Many children are now being listened to by their parents, paediatric gender specialists and schools.
If anyone is pushing ‘gender ideology’ it is those who insist, as Christian Concern does, that devout Christianity requires belief in ‘traditional gender roles’ (whatever they might be). That Christian Concern adopts this position is evident from its support for the parents of a fourteen year old, who wish to reject the psychiatric opinion that their child should adopt a male name to reflect their gender identity.
Children’s lives are now the latest transgender battleground, and the careful work of specialist services, schools and support agencies for parents are all under attack by this organisation. Transition is never going to be easy, and where children are involved, emotions are bound to run high, but transgender children are not confused, as Christian Concern repeatedly insists.
The language of ‘gender confusion’ is a pervasive ideology among those who are unwilling to countenance the possibility of gender transition. By quoting discredited statistics and ‘research’, it is Christian Concern and similar groups who are sowing seeds of confusion, and thereby damaging young lives.
To coincide with its ‘New Normal’ Conference, Christian Concern has launched a new ‘resource hub’ to address the social revolution in attitudes to gender and sexuality:
Among the many items there are some about sexual orientation but it’s fascinating to note Christian Concern’s shift of focus from (homo) sexuality to (trans) gender. The so-called ‘transgender tipping point’ is evidently rattling its cage, but it has had to import most of its resources from the United States, where the ‘gender confusion’ rhetoric is prevalent. These ‘resources’ are not evidence based, and despite their stated pastoral concern, dangerous in their ignorance of trans people’s lives, including trans Christian experience. I draw attention to them simply to alert readers to the concentrated nature of this assault on transgender people and their loved ones, including, most vulnerable of all, gender variant children.