Transsexuals are people who are genetically male or female, but who believe themselves to be members of the opposite sex – they say they are ‘trapped in the wrong body’. And so a male-to-female transsexual will assume the identity of a woman. Often transsexuals undergo a ‘sex change’ operation. The Gender Recognition Act 2004 provides many legal rights for transsexuals.
Three fundamental premises lie behind the Act: one, human psychological states rather than human bodily nature can determine a person’s gender; two, it is right for a surgeon to deform a healthy body in the interests of a psychological disorder; and three, the State should validate psychosocial confusions having precedence over unambiguous biological sex. Christians say these premises are wrong from biblical teaching, as well as church tradition and common sense reason.
Churches try to care for transsexuals and speak to them about the Gospel. The Christian response to a transsexual, as with any other person, should be prayer, care and counsel as for any with psychological difficulties, and where necessary urging repentance and faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 20:21).