The “Transabled”: people who want to be disabled

Transgendered individuals feel that they were born in the wrong body.  There are also people who feel uncomfortable with their fully functioning bodies and feel that they should be disabled.  They sometimes stage accidents to cut off their own legs or blind themselves.  Some use leg braces and wheel chairs even though they don’t need to.

Now, in light of the transgendered sensitivity, there are those who are advocating for the rights of the “transabled,” saying it is not a mental illness, just another manifestation of “body diversity” and that doctors should provide operations such as  amputations just like any other cosmetic surgery. [Read more...]

New baptisms for the transgendered?

At a baptism, the baptized person is given a name.  That’s not all that happens, but that’s what a lot of people associate with the rite.  So in the Church of England, some transgendered individuals have asked to be re-baptized, so as to have the Church affirm their new name and new identity.  So far, a sympathetic vicar decided not to repeat  the baptism but has devised a new liturgy to bestow the new name.  The Church of England is discussing how to handle this. [Read more...]

Pastoral care for the transgendered?

The latest Time Magazine cover story announces  that “another social movement is poised to challenge deeply held cultural beliefs”; namely, that of  the transgendered (men who feel they are women, and women who feel like men, often undergoing surgery accordingly).

A few years ago, seminary professor and now head of the Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission talked about how to minister to a transgendered convert or member of your congregation.  I’m curious if you agree or have a better idea.  But is it the pastor’s job to try to “fix” a particular kind of sinner, or is it sufficient to preach the Word in law and gospel, employ confession and absolution, and administer Baptism and Holy Communion, leaving the outcome to God as with everyone else in the congregation?

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A man gives birth?

Well, a transgendered man, one who used to be a woman.  And evidently still is:

The man, who is believed to be in his 30s, was able to carry a child after taking female hormones to reverse the effects of his female-to-male sex change treatment.

The Daily Telegraph understands that the man, whose identity has not been diclosed, is from the West Midlands and is in a long-term relationship. It is not clear whether his partner is male or female.

Last night medical ethics experts called for a full inquiry into the issues surrounding transgender births, saying the interests of the child should not be risked to “fulfil the rights of an adult”.

Although he has legally changed his gender to male, the man in question was able to give birth last year because his womb was not removed during the original sex change procedure.

It is possible for transgender men who were born women, who still have functioning ovaries and a uterus, to become pregnant while still identifying and living as men.

via Sex change British man gives birth to son – Telegraph.

So in what sense is a woman who gets a sex-changed operation a man?  Or a man who gets a sex-change operation a woman?  It isn’t just the external sex organs that make the difference, the focus of the plastic surgeon’s work.  In reality every cell of a person’s body, in its very DNA, inscribes that person’s gender.


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