Monday, August 29, 2016

Almost Everything the Media Tell You About Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Is Wrong

In the subject article, Ryan Anderson of The Heritage Foundation summarizes a new report on sexual orientation and gender identity recently published.  Here are the four vital conclusions from the report:

  • The belief that sexual orientation is an innate, biologically fixed human property—that people are ‘born that way’—is not supported by scientific evidence.


  • Likewise, the belief that gender identity is an innate, fixed human property independent of biological sex—so that a person might be a ‘man trapped in a woman’s body’ or ‘a woman trapped in a man’s body’—is not supported by scientific evidence.


  • Only a minority of children who express gender-atypical thoughts or behavior will continue to do so into adolescence or adulthood. There is no evidence that all such children should be encouraged to become transgender, much less subjected to hormone treatments or surgery.


  • Non-heterosexual and transgender people have higher rates of mental health problems (anxiety, depression, suicide), as well as behavioral and social problems (substance abuse, intimate partner violence), than the general population. Discrimination alone does not account for the entire disparity.
You can read Anderson's full article here.

Stand firm in Christ,
Chase

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