A Focus Series

Gender confusion and transgenderism

Understand gender dysphoria better and get tips on how to discuss it with your kids
Inside this Series

Children and youth with gender dysphoria struggle to accept the gender their DNA dictates. They may be born a male, but feel more like a female. Or they may be born a female, but feel more like a male. 

On this page you’ll find general information about gender confusion, and find help with how to respond if your child is struggling with gender confusion. You'll also find tips on what to say if your kids ask about the topic, and information on how to nurture healthy gender identity in children.

It’s important to understand that not everyone who is transgender is necessarily same-sex attracted; gender confusion and transgenderism are distinct issues from homosexuality.

Understanding the issue and responding well as a parent

Recommended resources:

Becoming the Woman God Made Me to Be” - Broadcast with guest Linda Seiler

Understanding Sexual Identity by Mark Yarhouse

Explaining transgenderism to your children

Encouraging healthy gender identity in children

Recommended resources:

Secure Daughters, Confident Sons by Glenn T. Stanton

Nurturing a Healthy Gender Identity in Your Child