Gender Identity Resources
We are dedicated to helping individuals, families, and congregations with questions and concerns related to gender identity and gender dysphoria (i.e, transgenderism) who wish to live in harmony with the doctrines and principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Are you new to these issues?
If this is your first time exploring our resources for gender identity, gender dysphoria, or transgenderism, please visit our Transgender 101 page to read comprehensive articles covering a wide range of subtopics.
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Welcome to our resources for Latter-day Saint individuals and families who have struggled with issues related to gender identity. We greet you warmly and hope that the information and support found here will be helpful.
As a community, we are dedicated to creating a safe place for learning and growth within the Latter-day Saint context. We invite your feedback as we learn together about how to understand and help ourselves and others who experience gender dysphoria (GD).
Take a few minutes and look around our site! Given the lack of clear resources provided by the Church, we understand that the resources we’re providing are part of a broader conversation that is much needed, and we welcome your thoughts and feedback on what you read here as we work together to mutually enlighten and support one another.
How does the North Star mission statement apply to issues related to gender identity?
The North Star mission emphasizes moving from solitude to community to ministry as individuals mature in their growth and understanding of their particular life journey.
Starting with solitude, an individual draws close to God and studies gospel truths, seeking individual revelation regarding how to address issues related to gender identity or the experience of gender dysphoria.
After finding some major life answers, the individual can then move towards the community, building a positive and uplifting support network of family, friends, Church leaders, and perhaps even professionals who will support the person in living his or her values. Individual conversion and conviction are very helpful to knowing who to pick as friends and supports in the community, and that is why it is always first.
After a person is personally strengthened, and has nurtured self and others through the development of a healthy and faith-affirming support system, then he or she is able to engage in ministry. This ministry is where someone reaches out to others, attempting to draw them upward and help them on their way. When we are strengthened, we are to strengthen our brethren. When we turn to Christ to experience healing, we then reach out to become a healing presence in the lives of others and in the world around us.
These processes take a long time, even years, and isn’t perfectly linear. There is no rush to find all of the answers. It is important to be patient with yourself and others as individual answers are revealed, your friends and family grows along with you, and you and your support system are then able to reach out and help others. This is a life journey. Few if any have the answers to their gender dysphoria within a few years of seriously examining the issue. This takes time, study, thought, struggle, prayer, discussion, failure, hope, and the passage of lots of time to reach the point of ministry. Believe that it can get better as you work step by step to understand what the Lord expects of you in this experience.
Understanding Gender Dysphoria: Navigating Transgender Issues in a Changing Culture
The following address by Christian psychologist and researcher Mark Yarhouse was given on February 5, 2015. This address and the following Q&A provide an excellent and accessible overview of both the research and individual experiences related to gender dysphoria, as well as meaningful ideas on how religious communities can approach these issues from an authentic place of Christian humility and compassion.
In the book Understanding Gender Dysphoria: Navigating Transgender Issues in a Changing Culture, Mark Yarhouse, an established expert in sexual identity and therapy, now offers “a Christian perspective on transgender issues that eschews simplistic answers and appreciates the psychological and theological complexity.” The book “engages the latest research while remaining pastorally sensitive to the experiences of each person.” Understanding Gender Dysphoria is the latest and most thorough text addressing gender dysphoria and transgenderism. It achieves a masterful balance between Christian humility and compassion, clinical sensitivity, and both understanding and accessible articulation of the latest scientific research. This book is a “must” starting place for any individual, family member, Church leader, or mental health professional seeking to understand a faith-based approach to concerns related to gender identity.
Understanding the Transgender Phenomenon
An article on Christianity Today: The leading Christian scholar on gender dysphoria defines the terms—and gives the church a way forward.
MARK YARHOUSE | JUNE 8, 2015
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LDS Gender Identity Resources
Church Statements on Gender
The following are general Church proclamations and publications outlining doctrines of the Church regarding marriage and family which shape its position on gender identity.
Church Proclamations and Publications
The following are general Church proclamations and publications outlining doctrines of the Church regarding marriage and family which shape its position on gender identity and transexuality.
General Authority Statements
The following are articles or addresses by members of the First Presidency or the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church that either specifically address the issue of gender identity and transexuality or include major statements concerning Church doctrine and approach.
Mormon Newsroom and Blog
The following are statements published by the Mormon Newsroom or Newsroom Blog as they response to media, events, and public discussion relevant to gender identity and transexuality in accordance with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
North Star Resources
Journeys of Faith Project
The Journeys of Faith Project is a growing repository of personal essays by Latter-day Saint individuals and families wrestling with issues related to gender identity who are striving to find congruence and peace within the context of faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Northern Lights Blog
North Star sponsors the Northern Lights blog. In additional to regular posts by bloggers who blog on transgender issues, during our annual Transgender Awareness Month in November we solicit additional posts related to gender identity, gender dysphoria and transgenderism.