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.

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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.

 

Online Community, Essential Links & Resources

 CHURCH & OTHER RESOURCES

 

CHURCH RESOURCES AND GA STATEMENTS

The Lord’s prophets teach that gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES PAGE

We have a list of additiona outside resources, including website, articles, books and more.

NORTH STAR RESPONSE

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 LIGHSTS BLOG ( TRANSGENDER – related posts )

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.

INDIVIDUALS, FAMILY & FRIENDS  18+ SINGLE OR MARRIED

For individuals who have feelings of dissonance between their biological sex and their internal sense of gender or gender identity;

As well parents, spouses, or other family members and friends whose sole motivation is to give support and increase their own understanding.

Email

About Email Groups

Our Email Groups are members-only, password-protected Google Groups. You must receive permission to join. Once admitted you may, if you desire, remain anonymous or post under a pseudonym.

Facebook

About Facebook Groups

They are completely private and confidential. Only those who are members of this group can see anything you post, or that you’re even part of this group at all. Pseudonyms are not allowed.

Understanding Gender Dysphoria: Navigating Transgender Issues in a Changing Culture

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.

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. Another overview article, “Understanding the Transgender Phenomenon,” is available at Christianity Today.