It used to be a simple question on any survey or application.
Gender: (M) Male or (F) Female
But this once simple question is not so simple anymore. Instead of a two choice (binary) question, there are now as many as 100 genders to choose from. They include male, female, gender queer, gender fluid, non-binary gender, gender variant, non-gender, third gender, cross dresser, bi-gender, polygender, androgyne, intergender, maverique, etc.
A listing of the different genders, at least as some people define them, can be found at
Are you confused yet? You should be. For our purposes, and to simplify things, we will just lump all of these into a few definitions.
1) Your sex/birth sex/natal sex – the sex you were born with. It’s a binary system. You’re either male or female.
2) Gender – until recently, gender and sex were interchangeable. Now gender is whatever you “feel” it is. If you’re a biological male but you “feel” like a female, then your gender is female.
3) Transgender – the sex that you “feel” like. If you’re a man but you “feel” like a woman, then you’re a transgendered woman if you act on those feelings.
4) Gender Ambiguity – a catch-all category for genders that aren’t exclusively male or female. Cross dressing and transvestites are two sub-categories of this.
5) Gender Dysphoria Disorder – Gender dysphoria is the feeling of discomfort or distress that might occur in people whose gender identity differs from their sex assigned at birth or sex-related physical characteristics. Gender dysphoria disorder is a diagnosis listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), a manual published by the American Psychiatric Association to diagnose mental conditions.
This paper will attempt to shed light on the subject of transgenderism. Of course, a paper such as this will never completely answer or even talk about all aspects of the subject. It is meant to shed light on the major points about transgenderism, what the bible has to say on it and what our Christian response should be.