Rule One: Qualifications
North Star TIGI Spouses is a moderated discussion group for wives of men and husbands of women whose spouses have feelings of dissonance between their physical gender and their internal sense of gender identity. Currently married and prospective spouses are welcome.
This group is designed to provide an open and supportive forum of discussion for committed Latter-day Saints or friends of the Church who desire to strengthen their marriages, succor and support one another in what can be very trying or discouraging circumstances, learn how to best support our spouses in their challenges, and/or heal, grow, and educate ourselves, our children, our families, and our communities. Because our aim is specifically to encourage individuals to maintain covenants and to strengthen marriage, we encourage those who might intend to discourage individuals in their marriages or from getting married to seek support in another forum.
By joining the North Star TIGI Spouses online discussion group, you are certifying that you personally are dealing with issues related to a spouse who struggles with feelings of dissonance between their physical gender and their internal sense of gender identity and the effects it has on you, your marriage, and/or family. Anyone who joins under false pretenses will be removed.
We affirm the teaching of modern prophets that “Each [person] is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and…[that] gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose” (The Family: A Proclamation to the World).
Gender, in this context, refers to a person’s eternal, spiritual nature as either male or female, an inherent characteristic. Some individuals may have ambiguous genetic characteristics that make it difficult to determine gender/sex. These individuals are sometimes referred to as “intersexed.” In other cases, a person’s sex may be determinate, but he or she may feel a strong dissonance between chromosomal sex and his or her internal sense of gender identity. This dissonance is sometimes called “Gender Identity Disorder” or “gender dysphoria,” and such individuals may identify as “transgender” or “transsexual.”
Transgender feelings do not necessarily determine or reflect sexual orientation. A transgender person may self-identify as heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual.