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Transgender views follow religious divide, Pew saysNASHVILLE (BP) -- Christians are just as likely to say that gender is determined solely at birth as are atheists and religious "nones" to say the opposite, according to newly released Pew Research Center findings.
Nearly two-thirds of Christians, 63 percent, told Pew that gender is determined at birth; while 62 percent of atheists/agnostics and "nones," categorized as religiously unaffiliated, said individual gender can change from biological sex at birth. Read More
Pew survey: Transgender views follow partisan divideNASHVILLE (BP) -- Republicans are far more likely to believe gender is limited to one's biological sex apparent at birth, according to statistics Pew Research Center released after local transgender victories in U.S. elections Nov. 7.
In Virginia, Danica Roem unseated 13-term incumbent Republican Robert G. Marshall to become the first openly transgender "woman" elected to a U.S. statehouse, The Hill reported. In Minneapolis, Andrea Jenkins became the first openly transgender African American "woman" elected to public office in the U.S. by defeating three opponents for a Minneapolis City Council seat, The Hill said. Read More
Transgender military ban setback may be appealedWASHINGTON (BP) -- A federal judge's decision to block the Trump administration from enforcing a ban of transgender military service is "likely" to be overturned on appeal, says a former military attorney who serves as general counsel for the Missouri Baptist Convention.
"The Obama Defense Department changed the longstanding policy just last year regarding transgender service in the military," Mike Whitehead, the Missouri convention's attorney and a former member of the Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps, told Baptist Press, "and President Trump merely changed it back. Read More
Calif. OKs third gender, protects religious libertySACRAMENTO, Calif. (BP) -- Pro-family advocates are lamenting California Gov. Jerry Brown's approval Oct. 15 of a bill expanding rights for individuals identifying as transgender but celebrating his veto the same day of a measure that threatened religious liberty.
Brown, a Democrat, signed Senate Bill 179, which adds a third gender option on official state identification documents for those who reject the designation of male or female and opt instead to be considered "nonbinary." Among his vetoes, meanwhile, was Assembly Bill 569, which would have made it illegal for religious organizations to prohibit their employees from having abortions or engaging in sex outside marriage. Read More
Trump issues transgender military directiveWASHINGTON (BP) -- President Trump has directed the U.S. Armed Forces to "return to the longstanding policy" of precluding transgender individuals from military service.
In an Aug. 25 memorandum to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security, who oversees the Coast Guard, Trump directed the military to bar transgender individuals from entering the service. By March 23, 2018, the Armed Forces also must "halt all use" of government funds to pay for gender reassignment surgery for military personnel, Trump stated, "except to the extent ... Read More
New transgender military guidelines called 'wise'WASHINGTON (BP) -- The Trump administration will bar transgender individuals from enlisting in the U.S. military and let Defense Secretary James Mattis decide whether those already in the military may continue to serve, according a Wall Street Journal report confirmed by other media outlets.
The White House explained its policy in a two-and-a-half-page memo to the Pentagon, The Journal reported Wednesday (Aug. 23), fleshing out specific policy implications of President Trump's July 26 Twitter announcement that "the United States government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any ... Read More
Transgender students win legal battlesASHEVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- Two schools accused of discrimination against transgender students recently resorted to payout settlements and policy changes. The settlements do not bode well for schools that maintain traditional policies on gender, gender transitions, and restroom use.
Nova Classical Academy, a charter school in St. Paul, Minn., agreed on Aug. 7 to adopt a far-reaching gender inclusion policy and pay a child's parents $120,000. The agreement ended a 16-month legal battle initiated in 2016 by David and Hannah Edwards, the parents of a then-kindergartener who was born a boy but wanted to identify as a girl. Read More
Transgender debate focus of new bookNASHVILLE (BP) -- The transgender debate isn't really about a debate but about people, a Southern Baptist ethicist says in his new book on the controversial issue.
The debate is about "precious people made in the image of God who are hurting, who are confused, who are angry, who are scared, who may have been told by their family that they are unwelcome," Andrew Walker writes in "God and the Transgender Debate."
"It's about some people who are delighted with how culture has shifted when it comes to gender identity, and other people who are concerned about how culture has shifted." Read More
From transgender to transformedBARTLESVILLE, Okla. -- Francine Perry and her daughter Laura recently sat down to look at family photos. As they reflected on the good times, they also could see how God was at work, especially through the difficult times -- and there were many of those.
On the heels of rebellious teenage years, Laura lived as a transgender man for nearly a decade of her adult life. Other than her family and select friends, though, most people just knew Laura as "Jake." Read More
Reformers' wisdom applied to transgender debateNASHVILLE (BP) -- Amid contemporary discussion of transgenderism, the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation has helped resurface historic wisdom on gender and sexuality.
While predating by centuries the modern phenomenon of transgenderism, Martin Luther and John Calvin were among Reformers to denounce those who attempted to blur the distinction between men and women -- an error dating back to the ancient world. Read More