Introduction from Booklet
As Christians, we look to the Bible as our authority when speaking or thinking on any issue. In reference to issues surrounding the transgender movement, Vaughan Roberts reminds us that we aren’t talking about ‘issues’ but ‘image-bearers.’ In our discussions surrounding this complex reality, it is important that we educate ourselves and speak with truth and compassion – remembering that all truth is ultimately compassionate.
Learning the language and terms associated with this movement has proved to be challenging even among proponents of the movement. As Nancy Pearcey states, “The term transgender has been expanded into an umbrella term covering several categories that used to be distinct…” This booklet seeks to provide a concise definition of terms associated with transgenderism. It is not exhaustive and will, most likely, need revisions from time-to-time. That said, RYM hopes this is a ministry tool that will assist students, parents, & youth workers in loving their neighbors well.
[Note: The initial form of this resource appeared as an article at The Gospel Coalition entitled, From Agender to Ze: A Glossary for the Gender Identity Revolution by: Joe Carter.]
Vaughan Roberts, Transgender: A Talking Points Book. (The Good Book Co: 2016), 14.
Nancy Pearcey, Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexuality. (Baker Books: 2018), 196.